Bangladesh win its first U19 World Cup on Sunday by defeating India

Bangladesh U19 cricket team won their maiden U19 World Cup title after stunning defending champions India on Sunday. Opener Parvez Hossain Emon and skipper Akbar Ali rose to the occasion with a solid 7th wicket stand, helping Bangladesh overcome the 170-run target with 23 balls to spare. Opener Parvez Hossain Emon top-scored for Bangladesh with a 79-ball 47 while the captain and wicketkeeper Akbar Ali was not out on 43 from 77 deliveries.

The target was revised to 170 runs after rain interrupted. Replying to India’s meager score of 177, Bangladesh were 163 for 7 after 41 overs when rain stopped play. At that point, Bangladesh were 18 runs ahead in terms of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) par score which is 145.

Chasing a modest total of 178 after winning the toss and opting to bowl, 1st time finalist’s Bangladesh were given a solid start by their openers with Parvez Hossain Emon and Tanzid Hasan adding 50-runs for the 1st wicket.

The game was far from done as India’s leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi produced a magical spell to grab the wickets of Tanzid, Mahmudul Hasan, Towhid Hridoy and Shahadat Hossain in quick succession.

Bishnoi provided India with the first breakthrough, breaking Bangladesh’s 50-run opening stand. Coming back for his third over, Bishnoi got rid of Mahmudul Hasan Joy for 17. Then he removed Towhid Hridoy for a duck and Shahadat Hossain (1). Bishnoi single-handedly reduced Bangladesh from a strong 50/0 to 65 for 4 in a matter of just 33 deliveries.

Captain Akbar Ali and Rakibul Hasan showed a lot of caution and brought Bangladesh’s next 11 runs in 6 overs.

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When Bangladesh looked set to win the match with just 15 needed of 54 deliveries, there was yet another twist in this low-scoring title clash as rain interrupted the match.

Once the play resumed and the revised target was set to 170 runs, Bangladesh completed the match within few balls.

Earlier, India’s batting exploded under pressure as a superb Bangladesh bowling attack bowled out the defending champions out for a paltry 177 in 47.2 overs in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup.

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