With the win, Bangladesh have broken a long string of heartbreaks in tournament finals
An ice-cold performance from captain Akbar Ali dragged the Bangladesh U-19 cricket team to a historic first U-19 World Cup, as they beat India U-19 in the final of the 2020 edition at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom Sunday.
With the win, Bangladesh have broken a long string of heartbreaks in tournament finals.
Following the victory, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a message of congratulation for the young Tigers.
Chasing 178 runs, play was interrupted by rain with Bangladesh just 15 away from their major multi-nation cricket title, with 54 balls and three wickets in hand.
The action resumed after a 10-minute break with a revised target of 170 in 46 overs for Bangladesh – just seven more required in 30 balls.
The final runs came from the bat of Rakibul Hasan.
He finished unbeaten on nine off 25 as the Bangladesh team management and fans erupted into wild celebrations.
With emotions running high, there was a short altercation between the players of the opposing teams, but it did not escalate as match and team officials took charge.
Captain Akbar found himself under the limelight after the Bangladesh top-order collapsed under pressure from Indian leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi.
The wicketkeeper-batsman stonewalled the Indian attack as he added a championship winning 43 not out in 77 balls.
Following a superlative effort by the bowling unit, Bangladesh had a decent start to the chase with openers Tanzid Hasan and Parvez Hossain Emon posting 50 runs in 8.5 overs before Tanzid was dismissed on 17 by Bishnoi.
Emon also walked off the pitch with Tanzid, troubled by cramp.
Bangladesh then fell deeper into trouble as Bishnoi removed three more batsmen in quick succession.
Emon, however, returned to action to play a vital role as he added 47 to the tally while limping.
Bangladesh earlier displayed a brilliant effort with the ball after the side opted to field first after winning the toss.
The decision by captain Akbar was worth it as the Bangladesh bowling unit tore through the Indian batting and restricted them to just 177.
In one spell, seven Indian batters were dismissed for just 21 runs.
Bangladesh in the first seven overs gave only nine runs as India openers were caught up inside a box.
Bangladesh bowlers took advantage of the early momentum and by the end it was pacers Shariful Islam and Tanzim Hasan Sakib who took the majority of the limelight.
Accurate lines bowled by the seamers had the India batsmen in trouble and Bangladesh held to that throughout the innings.
Only two Bangladesh bowlers gave more than 30 runs with right-arm pacer Avishek Das giving the most - 40 in nine overs but he had balanced that with three wickets to his name.
Left-arm pacer Shariful gave away 31 runs in his stipulated 10 overs for two wickets while right-arm pacer Sakib bagged two scalps giving away just 28 runs in 8.2 overs.
Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 88 off 121 involving eight boundaries and a six was the gas to India innings that had only three batters scoring in double digit.
U19 WC FINAL
INDIA U19 INNINGS R B
Jaiswal c Tamim b Shariful 88 121
Saxena c Joy b Avishek 2 17
Tilak c Shoriful b Sakib 38 65
Garg c Tamim b Rakibul 7 9
Jurel run out (Shamim/Akbar) 22 38
Veer lbw b Shariful 0 1
Ankolekar b Avishek 3 7
Bishnoi run out (Shariful) 2 6
Mishra c Shoriful b Sakib 3 8
Tyagi c Akbar b Avishek 0 5
Akash not out 1 7
Extras (lb 1, w 10) 11
Total (47.2 Overs) 177 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-9 (Saxena), 2-103 (Tilak), 3-114 (Garg), 4-156 (Jaiswal), 5-156 (Veer), 6-168 (Jurel), 7-170 (Bishnoi), 8-170 (Ankolekar), 9-172 (Tyagi), 10-177 (Mishra)
Shariful 10-1-31-2, Sakib 8.2-2-28-2, Avishek 9-0-40-3, Shamim 6-0-36-0, Rakibul 10-1-29-1, Towhid 4-0-12-0
BANGLADESH U19 INNINGS R B
Emon c Akash b Jaiswal 47 79
Tanzid c Tyagi b Bishnoi 17 25
Joy b Bishnoi 8 12
Towhid lbw b Bishnoi 0 2
Shahadat st Jurel b Bishnoi 1 10
Akbar not out 43 77
Shamim c Jaiswal b Mishra 7 18
Avishek c Tyagi b Mishra 5 7
Rakibul not out 9 25
Extras (b 8, lb 4, nb 2, w 19) 33
Total (42.1 Overs) 170/7
Fall Of Wickets
1-50 (Tanzid), 2-62 (Joy), 2-62* (Emon), 3-62 (Towhid), 4-65 (Shahadat), 5-85 (Shamim), 6-102 (Avishek), 7-143 (Emon)
Tyagi 10-2-33-0, Mishra 7-0-25-2, Akash 8-1-33-0, Bishnoi 10-3-30-4, Ankolekar 4.1-0-22-0, Jaiswal 3-0-15-1
Bangladesh U-19 won by three wickets
MoM: Akbar Ali