Young Windies stun India to win Youth World Cup
DHAKA, Bangladesh, (CMC):
Underdogs West Indies Under-19s stunned favourites India Under-19s by five wickets in a low-scoring final of the ICC Youth Cricket World Cup, to crown themselves World champions for the first time in their history here yesterday.
Chasing 146 for victory at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, the Caribbean side were reduced to 77 for five in the 29th over before they were bailed out by a brilliant unbeaten half-century by Man of the Match Keacy Carty, to get home in the last over with a mere three balls to spare.
Carty stroked an unbeaten 52 off 125 balls with two fours and added a precious 69 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with the consistent Keemo Paul who struck a busy 40 not out off 68 deliveries with a four and a six.
Entering the final over of the game with three runs needed, Paul got the winning runs when he charged seamer Khaleel Ahmed and top-edged a pull over the wicketkeeper for four, to spark wild celebrations in the West Indies camp.
"I feel very good right now. Words can't even explain how I feel right now," an overwhelmed Young Windies captain Shimron Hetmyer said. "How the guys played today showed we were supposed to be champions today and we came out on top."
The victory had earlier been set up by the irrepressible Alzarri Joseph who tore through the India Under-19s top order with a fine exhibition of fast bowling, to send the innings tumbling to 145 all out off 45.1 overs.
He claimed three for 39 from his 10 overs, while seamers Ryan John (3-38) and Paul (2-17) provided excellent support, as India faltered badly after they were sent in - crashing to 50 for five in the 18th over and never really recovering.
Sarfaraz Khan top-scored with 51 off 89 balls and Rahul Batham got 21, but they were just two of three batsmen to make it into double figures.