keeps that out, gets an inside edge that rolls towards square leg
49.1 West Indies have lodged an appeal. Matigimu could be Mankaded here in the first ball off the final over. The bat is just on the line as the bowler breaks the stumps at the bowler's end.
What a heartbreak for Zimbabwe. So near, yet so far. Once again, the spirit of cricket debate is sure to do rounds around the cricket world following today's incident. West Indies are elated, their counterparts are crest-fallen. Here's what really happened: Kemo Paul, the bowler, did not enter his delivery stride, but was aware of the Mankad rule and broke the stumps down. The non-striker wasn't trying to gain an advantage by taking a head start. The bat was on the line as the bails came off. Both umpires converged, decided to refer it upstairs after they asked Hetmyer, the West Indies captain, if he wanted to uphold the appeal. According to the rules, he was out. What a dramatic end to the contest. How many of us saw this coming?
That brings us to an end of what has been a thriller. Zimbabwe have every reason to believe they've been done in by bad luck. Watch out for plenty of reactions and post-match analysis from the tournament. We haven't heard the last of this. Debates are sure to rage on. Do stay connected
Ian Bishop: "We've to leave the emotions aside," says the former West Indies pacer. "It's in the law books, so we've to not get carried away. History of Mankad is such, it causes stigma. Future cricket matches have to kill this."
SAJED: "Very disaapointed of the incident which is against the spirit of cricket. Missed out a down to wire thriller after watching the entire game for 7 hours"
Praneeth: "No no no! Feeling bad for Zimbabwe. They deserved the win. Spirit of cricket - I think it's dead. A very shameful ending to an otherwise wonderful match."
Anantha Kumar R: "Back in the 1987 Reliance World Cup, we had a gentle giant by name Courtney Walsh who refused to "Mankad" Salim Jaffer and thus, his team could not make it beyond the prelims. Am afraid, we may not see any other Courtney Walsh :-("
Gaja: "Playing under rules must be called as spirit of Cricket. If you can break the rules in Spirit of Cricket, then why do you need a law? Batsmen must learn to stay in the crease. They must not take advantage on the bowlers, If they do so, then why not the bowler?"
"If this was a senior game, I don't think I wouldn't have gone upstairs. I wouldn't want my team to win in that way. This isn't what Under-19 cricket is about. I feel sorry for Zimbabwe," says former England pacer Dominic Cork.
It's interestingly 35 years and one day since the infamous 'underarm incident' in Autralia
Coming back to the presentation, the Zimbabwe captain was in tears. He couldn't offer much, and understandably so.
Shimron Hetmyer: Cricket is a game of glorious uncertaintoies. We've seen this in cricket before. It's probably not in the spirit of the game, but we're happy to have won. Joseph is the leader of the attack, and he stood up for us today. I'm proud of him. I hope the rest of the team follows his footsteps and continue the good work.
Mavuta: We got so close, and coming apart at the end. We fought right till the end, don't have much to say right now.
Alzarri Joseph is the Man of the Match for his 4 for 30 . "I wanted to keep things tight and put the batsmen under as much pressure as possible. I was trying to make the batsmen uncomfortable. Very pleased, our team weren't going to give up.
West Indies are through to the quarterfinal. Zimbabwe have fallen short by two runs. England and West Indies have qualified from the group.
squeezed that one towards deep cover
low full toss, flicked to deep square leg
excellent yorker, he's bowling them at will here. This one tails back into middle, somehow manages to keep that out
high full toss on middle, hits it to cover
there's the French cut. How crucial will that be? Full on off, he backs away, looks to carve it over point, gets a thick inside edge that flies past the off stump. That was really, really close to the stumps. How did he get away, I don't know.
swings and misses. Low full toss angled across, he looks to thrash that between cover and mid-off, late on the stroke
somehow manages to get his bat down in time to keep that out. This was full on middle, had he missed, the stumps would have taken a beating
excellent piece of fielding by the captain. This was jammed to cover, they were off for a single that wasn't on, Hetmyer swoops in like a hawk, collects cleanly, aims and hits direct at the striker's end. Magarira was nowhere in the frame
spears in a perfect yorker again, jams his bat down in time to keep that out
right into the blockhole again, looks to go over the on side, gets an inside edge onto the pad
full toss outside off, toe ends the drive to cover
what a wicket. Is there life in the game yet? This one's a superb yorker, tails back in, he comes down with an angled bat, perhaps to ease it behind point, misses it completely and the off stump is disturbed. Springer is pumped, runs across, kisses the turf and lets out a roar
dabs it behind point for an easy single
yorker on middle, squeezed to midwicket
gets the direction of the slower one horribly wrong, slides it down leg, rolls to the wicketkeeper
swings hard, but not much timing behind that one, the mid-off fielder runs in to fire a throw to the striker's end, quick single completed
another pull, another miss.
excellent bouncer, umpire signals that's one for the over. He pulls and misses
eased wide of point for an easy single