Imlach: Stumping set tone for WI win
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
His stumping of dangerous opener Rishabh Pant in the opening over of the Youth World Cup final set the tone for West Indies Under-19s eventual victory over India Under-19s, and the region's capture of its first ever ICC youth title.
And wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach said he had been on the lookout for the dismissal, after realising the batsman had previously wandered carelessly from his crease.
"The ball before I saw that he had stepped out of his crease and he wasn't really looking back at the keeper to see if the keeper was trying to run him out or anything," the Guyanese glove man said on his return to the Caribbean this week.
"I decided the next ball if he missed it, I would have a throw at the stumps and it worked, luckily for us, because he's a very dangerous player. After we got his wicket, we gained a lot of momentum from it."
The dismissal came off the fourth ball of the game at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka and proved crucial.
With Pant going cheaply for one, India's top order collapsed to leave them 50 for five in the 18th over. They eventually crawled to 145 all out in the 46th over, a total West Indies chased down for the loss of five wickets.
Imlach also had an impact with the bat for the Young West Indies at the top order, where he shared positive opening stands with Gidron Pope.
The right-hander struck exactly 100 in one of the official warm-ups against Scotland, got a couple of 30s in the group stage before scoring a precious half-century against Pakistan Under-19s in the quarter-final.