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Heartbreak for India boys

Tempers fly after tense encounter
Bangladesh players and support staff with the ICC U19 World Cup in Potchefstroom on Sunday
Bangladesh players and support staff with the ICC U19 World Cup in Potchefstroom on Sunday

TT Bureau & Agencies   |   Calcutta   |   Published 09.02.20, 08:12 PM

The closely-contested U-19 World Cup final between India and Bangladesh was in the danger of turning into a free-for-all after the latter defeated the defending champions by three wickets to lift their maiden world title.

In the low-scoring final, Bangladesh first choked India to 177 in 47.2 overs and then did well enough to score revised target of 170 in 42.1 overs under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method losing seven wickets.


For India, Yashasvi Jaiswal (88 off 121 balls) and Ravi Bishnoi (4/30) performed well, but with lack of support from others, their efforts went in vain.

The Bangladesh players were overtly aggressive while fielding, with their lead pacer Shoriful Islam sledging the Indian batsmen after every delivery.

In fact, as Bangladesh approached the winning runs, Shoriful was seen swearing multiple times openly on camera.

As soon as the match ended, the situation became tense with the Bangladeshi players running on to the ground in celebration. But most of them were still displaying aggressive body language.

One India player even rushed to confront a Bangladeshi player who had allegedly said uncharitable things. India U-19 head coach Paras Mhambrey had to step in to calm his boys.

“Some of our bowlers were emotional and were pumped up. What happened after the game was unfortunate,” Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali said after the match.

Akbar, who played a key role in the win as the captain and also as a batsman, said the triumph was a result of their hard work.

“It’s a dream come true moment for us. We’ve had a very good experience, and this is just the beginning for us,” said Akbar, who was also adjudged Player of the Final, for his composed unbeaten 43 under pressure.

India captain Priyam Garg acknowledged it was a poor day for them with the bat and they would have needed a total of 210-220 to make a match of it. “It’s a bad day, but our boys fought really well. Even with such a low total, we made it difficult for them, and I would like to thank my team for that.

“The biggest factor was the toss, because the wicket was a bit damp. We had a good start, and we should have got to at least 210-220. That would have been a much better score.”

While the Indians gave away 33 runs in extras, Priyam doesn’t think that it could have been much different had they been more disciplined. 

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