India v West Indies, Under-19 World Cup, final February 14, 2016

Carty, Paul steer West Indies to Under-19 glory


West Indies 146 for 5 (Carty 52*, Paul 40*, Dagar 3-25) beat India 145 (Sarfaraz 51, Batham 21, John 3-38, Joseph 3-39) by five wickets
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An unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 69 between Keemo Paul and Keacy Carty helped West Indies clinch a last-over thriller © Getty Images

West Indies' mix of high-speed hustle with the ball and patience with the bat help them beat pre-tournament favourites India by five wickets in a tense final in Mirpur to lift their maiden Under-19 World Cup title.

India, who were bowled out for 145, held their own and fought till the end admirably until Keemo Paul and Keacy Carty's ice-cool approach helped West Indies eat into the target and eventually cross the line with three balls to spare. That meant India lost a Youth ODI for the first time since their quarterfinal exit of the same tournament in 2014.

India's crash began with Rishabh Pant wandering outside his crease, only to find wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach flick an underarm throw back to the stumps to catch him unaware. Imlach's match awareness that gave them a breakthrough off the fourth ball of the morning set the tone for a dominating display against a batting unit high on confidence.

Anmolpreet Singh, who had done well in the two knockout games prior to the grand finale fell next as he was unable to get his bat out of the way to a rising Alzarri Joseph delivery in the third over, as he gloved a nick to the wicketkkeeper. Then came a blow that ended Ishan Kishan's run of poor scores as he played across the line and was trapped lbw, even though replays showed the ball had pitched just outside leg stump. When Washington Sundar chipped a simple catch to mid-off, a top order wobble seemed complete at 41 for 4 in the 15th over.

India needed a rescue act, but West Indies didn't drop their intensity even by an inch as Arman Jaffer found out while driving away to the cover fielder to leave Sarfaraz Khan with the unenviable task of reviving the innings and batting through, like he had done for most parts of the tournament.

He did so by adding 37 with Mahipal Lomror, who sweetly timed two fours in his 43-ball 19. Even as a recovery looked a sudden possibility came yet another blow as Chemar Holder, who was brought back in for a new spell, sent him back with an awaygoing delivery that was well pouched by Imlach behind the stumps.

Sensing the inevitable, Sarfaraz tried to break the shackles and found his hitting range, sweetly timing a flick over midwicket for six. He also brought up a half-century off 83 deliveries before perishing in an effort to up the ante. While he was clearly far from his best, Sarfaraz was still miles ahead with his judgment in lengths.

With India collapsing in heaps, the inaccuracy of the West Indies bowlers went unnoticed as they conceded as many as 23 extras by the time India's innings came to a grinding hat in 45.1 overs.

Any thoughts of a regulation chase was quickly put on the backburner as India came back hard; West Indies slipping from 67 for 2 to 77 for 5 in the 29th over. The man who orchestrated the comeback was Mayank Dagar, the left-arm spinner, who teased the batsmen with his gentle flight and drift.

Shimron Hetmyer, the captain, lofted one to long-on, while Shamar Springer top-edged a hoick to long-off. In Dagar's next over, Jyd Goolie's attempt to blast him down the ground ended up in a sharp caught and bowled, making West Indies lose their third wicket in six overs.

Paul and Carty had to dig deep. That Carty had an opportunity to do so was courtesy a reprieve when Sarfaraz put down a sharp chance at slip off Dagar. But the pair battled slowly to ensure India's biggest threat was safely negotiated.

As the innings progressed, India began to get edgy as Pant failed to hold on to a thin edge off Carty in Dagar's last over. As if to break the shackles, he was lofted down the ground for six in the same over. Slowly, the equation boiled down to 24 off the last five overs.

With nine needed off the last two overs, Paul's attempted inside-out hit over cover resulted in him hitting one towards Avesh Khan, who put down a tough chance even as the ball was dying on him. Carty then reached a half-century off 122 balls. By then, the celebration had well and truly begun in the West Indies camp. The party had kickstarted in earnest when Paul's top edge flew over the keeper's head to bring an end to a pulsating clash.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Nish on February 19, 2016, 13:39 GMT

    @METMAN Sadly you don't seem to know the difference between a team being beaten [which can be a narrow loss] or one that has got a real beating [which implies a big or thumping loss]! This other person commented that the Indian team got a 'beating' in the final - which clearly wasn't the case or this person doesn't know much about cricket!

  • Naresh on February 19, 2016, 9:12 GMT

    Lapses in concetration e.g. Pant daydreaming, wrong selections e.g. Ishan Kishan at expense of Ricky Bhui, not playing out 50 overs by India - cost the title. A few players stood out in the Indian team throughout the tourna e.g. Safaraz Khan, Dagar - but on whole the Indian team did not play as a team. That winning spirit was not there compared to what the Windies put on.

  • David on February 18, 2016, 15:32 GMT

    WI beat India. Suck it up. Get used to it. The better team won and with 99% less resources than India.

  • Michael on February 17, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    @ the ripper.... "Clearly dropping both Carty and Paul cost would cost India the match. The unlucky bowler being Dagar". How do you know that ? It is also possible that the batsmen to come would have carried the WI home with 3 overs to spare or WI cold have won by one wicket with one ball to spare or it could have gone down to the super over or.......or.....or.....or....or.....or.....or....

  • Michael on February 17, 2016, 14:12 GMT

    @ jw76

    "For me and many others, the West Indian victory and the team are tarnished by the dubious (to be nice) method used to beat Zimbabwe. They have lost a lot of friends in the cricket world." your opinion,and I respect that. For me and many others like me,the West Indian victory was played within the RULES when they beat Zimbabwe. They played WITHIN the rules and did not engage in SLEDGING.,and they made a lot of friends in the cricketing world and in other sports as well.... my opinion. Enjoy your sour grapes until 2018.

  • Michael on February 17, 2016, 13:39 GMT

    @coolcapricorn - winning narrowly in a low-scoring match with just 3 balls left does not constitute a beating ????...big man.... football teams win the WORLD CUP by scoring ONE GOAL ie BEATING their opponents by ONE GOAL. Furthermore some body needs to tell you that to win... one must BEAT the opponent...get REAL win..the other BEATEN.

  • Michael on February 17, 2016, 13:17 GMT sure about that ? as far as I know a keeper has to have the ball in his gloves to effect a stumping.,and if a keeper throws the ball and breaks the stumps it is a run out.

  • A on February 17, 2016, 11:42 GMT

    @CRICKET_FAN_DEN_HAAG - learn to appreciate others rather then cry on your poor team who cannot even bat full quota of overs... were lucky enough to reach final.

  • Bashir on February 16, 2016, 17:59 GMT

    Indian U19 cricket team is handicapt against fast bowling. Even against fast bowlers of Ireland they were very helpless. They are lion against spin bowling.

  •   Travor Mahlanze on February 16, 2016, 14:18 GMT

    And the whole world has forgotten how they went past Zimbabwe. So much for a Gentleman's game is my comment. I feel cricket should maintain its appeal as a gentleman's sport, whilst rules are on one side the spirit of the game has always carried the day. I used to sympathise with WI but after that sad day vs Zim i can't stand watching them play.

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