Drama as WI U-19s storm into last eight
CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC):
West Indies stormed into the quarter-finals of the Under-19 World Cup with a dramatic two-run win over Zimbabwe amid controversy over a disputed run-out at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong yesterday.
The Caribbean's side victory stunned a crestfallen Zimbabwe and is being overshadowed by what is known as the "Mankad" controversy.
Windies pacer Keemo Paul broke the stumps and appealed for a run-out against non-striker, Richard Ngarava at the start of the final over of the innings.
Ngarava, whose bat appeared to be on the line as the bails came off, was given out after the umpires referred the situation to video review.
"Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties,"declared the West Indies captain, Shimron Hetmyer
"We've seen this in cricket before. It's probably not in the spirit of the game, but we're happy to have won."
A blazing half century from Shamar Springer and a destructive four-wicket haul from Alzarri Joseph highlighted the West Indies victory which at one stage seemed beyond their reach.
Springer top scored with 61 from 69 balls smashing seven fours and two sixes as Zimbabwe, who chose to field, restricted West Indies to 226 for nine from 50 overs.
Springer, who later picked up two for 16 was named man-of-the-match.
"We got so close, no comment about it. I don't have anything to say right now," said the Zimbabwe captain, Brandon Mavuta.
Although the dismissal was within the rules of the game departures of this kind tend to revive debate about sportsmanship.