Bangladesh under 19 cricketers created huge moment in their nation’s cricket history by winning the under19 World cup for the 1st time being the rank underdogs against a fancied Indian team at Potchefstroom in South Africa. After smashing Pakistan in the semis , India were widely favoured to win the finals against Bangladesh with ease but the men in green had other ideas . From the time of winning the toss and bowling first on a pitch assisting the fast bowlers initially, Bangladesh players launched into an all out aggression , their bowlers eyeballing the Indian batsmen and their fielders fielding as if their whole life depended on the world title. At times they were overdoing their aggression which needed toning down. However the Indians were probably caught little by surprise to find this kind of on your face type of aggression. The Bangla fast bowlers left armer Shofikul in particular looked threatening and beat the openers for movement as the Indians tried to dig themselves in. Yashwashi Jaiswal ,as usual looked solid and punished loose balls but it was mostly struggle for other Indian batsmen against the bowling and fielding of Bangladesh as wickets failed at regular intervals and the middle order failed to function. Had it not been for Yashwashi’s another fine innings of 88 ,it would have been a horror story for Indian batting as the Bangladesh fast bowlers bowled their heart out and finally restricted Indian to a poor score of 178. For Bangladesh, Avishek Das claimed 3/40 while Shofikul and Sakib shared equally 4 wickets.
Bangladesh openers were aggressive right from start scoring at the much higher than asking rate and also helped by some wayward bowling by India. After a fine opening stand between Tanzim and Emon of 50 runs , leggie Ravi Bishnoi was introduced and he looked menacing straightway claiming 4 wickets as Bangladesh collapsed from 50/0 to 102/6 and Indian back in control. However skipper Akbar Ali joined hands with opener Emon who came back to bat after retiring midway due to muscle strain. Together they managed the innings carefully playing out the better bowlers with enough overs to spare as Bangladesh inched towards the magical target of 178. the fast bowlers Sushant Mishra and Tyagi were below their best as the revised Duckworth Lewis target of 170 was reset due to 20 minutes of rain interruption. Finally with around 20 balls to spare Bangladesh completed a deserving win in a gripping encounter that had the supporters at the edge of the seats. Skipper Akbar Ali for his cool and composed 43 in a tense situation was the man of the match while Emon played a crucial innings of 47. Bishnoi’s sterling bowling show (4/30) turned it into a highly gripping match in the 2nd half .Yahswashi Jaiswal for his 400 runs in the event was the man of the tournament.
For India, Yahswashi Jaiswal is already hailed as a future talent. Ravi Bishnoi and Kartick Tyagi should have bright future.
It turned out to be an intense and low scoring final, full of suspense and tension and at the end the better team on the day won. Great moments for Bangladesh cricket.