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IND Under-19 vs B'desh U19, Final at Potchefstroom, U-19 WC, Feb 09 2020 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Final, Potchefstroom, February 09, 2020, ICC Under-19 World Cup
(42.1/46 ov, T:170) 170/7

B'desh U19 won by 3 wickets (with 23 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Player Of The Match
, BD19
43* (77)
Player Of The Series
400 runs • 3 wkts
Full commentary

6.48pm The streamers begin coming up as Akbar Ali lifts the trophy. A topsy-turvy rollercoaster ride of a final, and Bangladesh emerged the less giddy of the two teams. Akbar Ali plays the starring role, and he was superb first as captain and wicketkeeper, and later with a fabulous effort with the bat to help chase down a low total. Phew! This has been quite the ride. Lots more coming from Sreshth at Potch. For the moment, on behalf of Ranjith and Deivarayan Muthu, this is Debayan Sen saying goodbye and thanks for your company right through this event.

Akbar Ali is back: "It's a dream come true. It's all about the hard work we have done over the last two years. The coaching staff...I just cannot thank them enough for how much support they have given us on and off the field. Some of our bowlers were getting emotional. What happened should not have happened. I would like to congratulate the Indian players. They have been brilliant throughout this tournament. I would like to thank our coach, assistant coaches, trainers, analyst, selectors, everybody who has helped us. We've had a very good experience, and this is just the beginning for us. Hopefully, this will be the starting stone for us. Those who have supported us here have been our 12th man here. We really appreciate it."

Jerk Chicken : "Would love to see the curators get recognized in these presentations. Congrats Tigers!!" --- For the moment, it's the winners' medals for Bangladesh!

6.39pm The Indian team comes up to collect their runners-up medals now. Priyam Garg says :"It's a bad day, but our boys fought really well. Even with such a low total, we made it difficult for them, and I would like to thank my team for that. (On batting) The biggest factor was the toss, because the wicket was a bit damp. We had a good start, and we should have got to at least 210-220. That would have been a much better score. (On bowling) I don't think we could have done much different. For 178, we responded really well, and we lost this because we didn't bat well enough. That's about it. We enjoyed the World Cup. We played a series here too, and this was enjoyable too."

Manga: "Came here at Mirpur to buy fiancés Wedding Saree and now strucked in celebrations here around home of cricket. Crazzy"

The Player of the Tournament is Yashasvi Jaiswal. Finishes with a round figure of 400 runs, the most of any batsman. Tells Bishop: "I really enjoyed the tournament, I had a good experience here in South Africa, how to play on these wickets. I really enjoyed it. I needed to play my game, that was it. I keep thinking about what I need to play next, and I just worry about my process. I will do what I did last time, and I want to stick to that."

6.35pm The player of the match goes to Akbar Ali! Tells Ian Bishop: "When I went into the middle, we just needed a partnership. I told my partners that we cannot afford to lose a wicket. The plan was simple. We knew India won't make it easy. They are a challenging side, and we knew it will be a difficult chase. I am a person who wants to keep things simple, In the first half of the tournament, I hardly got any chances to get in the middle, and I wanted to make it count today."

6.28pm What a day, what a game. Bangladesh become just the seventh nation to have won an Under-19 World Cup, and deny India the satisfaction of back-to-back titles in the process. In fact, the first defeat for India since the 2016 final. The match and tournament presentation in just a bit now...

Arup: "I am from KUET, Khulna, Bangladesh. Peoples are gathering here and going for a procession. Its really emotional here." --- That's wonderful to hear. I am sure the celebrations will go long and far. Especially when your little heroes come back home.

Shahid: "Congrats to Bangladesh here from Pakistan. And yes total praise for Jaiswal, a great player in the making."

Asim: "What a day. First Naseem Shah becoming the youngest bowler to get a hat trick and now Bangladesh winning their first world championship" --- Cricket, bloody hell. My colleagues Deivarayan Muthu and Anuj Vignesh are both so emotional, they can barely string the right words...

Parvez Hossain Emon: "It was a great experience. We are world champions now. I am feeling really good. It was a tough chase, and we had to work really hard. [This feels] just so good."

Meanwhile, guess what difference can a watch make in chess? Ask B Adhiban, who yesterday became the first Indian Grandmaster to be penalized for wearing a watch to a game in the country.

Richard Stonier, the S&C coach: "These guys have formed a great family with me. This is about the boys, for all the hard work, the sacrifices they have made over the last 12 months. They deserve this. We just work on two things - I just bring energy and show the boys how the best they can be. If they get to 50 percent, that's good enough."

Rakibul has the flag wrapped around him as he speaks: "It's an unbelievable experience. We came here with plans and it worked out really well. Whichever team executes their plans better on the day wins, and that happened for us today."

Sampath: "Congrats Bangladesh you deserved the cup more than India just based on your performance in this final. Your bowling and feilding were way better and justice is done."

Arun B: "33 Extras!! Thats 20%. Bangladesh has to chase only 80% of what India scored. Diff between win and lose for India. "

6.13pm Bangladesh have done what has looked unthinkable for at least the last three years at U-19 level. They have beaten India in an absolute humdinger, and won their first World Cup at any level! They bowled superbly in the morning session, and then started in a frenetic manner with the bat, before Ravi Bishnoi pulled them back wth some sensational leg-spin bowling. However, captain Akbar Ali kept his cool, and has seen this target home with some phlegmatic batting. The Indians, who sank to their knees as the winning runs were struck, can only watch, as the Bangladesh team and support staff takes off on a celebratory run around the ground. Their supporters greet them with gusto. The Bangladesh flag flutters proudly, both on the playing surface, and in the stands!

Ankolekar to Rakibul Hasan, 1 run

there it is! Skips down the track and floats this towards deep mid-wicket

If I recall correctly, the ICC Trophy final was also rain-affected. And featured a Bangladesh chase

end of over 426 runs
BD19: 169/7CRR: 4.02 RRR: 0.25
Rakibul Hasan8 (24b 1x4)
Akbar Ali43 (77b 4x4 1x6)
Sushant Mishra 7-0-25-2
Atharva Ankolekar 4-0-21-0

Scores are tied, and the squad is ready for a pitch invasion for the ages!

Mishra to Rakibul Hasan, 1 run

short, and he gloves it down on the pitch, and calls his captain through!

Mishra to Rakibul Hasan, no run

full ball, and he defends this outside off


Mishra to Rakibul Hasan, FOUR runs

full, and he gets this past backward point

Mishra to Rakibul Hasan, no run

short, wide outside off. Rakibul has a waft at that, and then puts his left hand up in apology to his captain

Mishra to Rakibul Hasan, no run

length, jags back in, and he defends towards short mid-wicket

Mishra to Akbar Ali, 1 run

short, and he has sliced this away over slip towards third man. On the bounce, though

end of over 411 run
BD19: 163/7CRR: 3.97 RRR: 1.66
Rakibul Hasan3 (19b)
Akbar Ali42 (76b 4x4 1x6)
Atharva Ankolekar 4-0-21-0
Yashasvi Jaiswal 3-0-15-1

6pm The covers are being peeled off, the rain has stopped. Revised target is 170 - Bangladesh need seven from 30 balls!

Tabish Qureshi: "What if Bangladesh score 169 who will win? What is the no of over now remaining bowlers have to bowl?" ---- We get a Super Over. And to the second part of that query, since two bowlers have already bowled out, the most that anybody else can bowl now is nine overs

"Oh no no no! Rain stopped?? Why? For breaking our dream again??? Not again please" peeps DK. Have faith, my friend. Akbar Ali has batted really well. He just needs to see this through!

5.52pm They are going off, and the covers are coming on to the ground. It';s gone from a drizzle to steadier rain, and Bangladesh are ahead of the DLS score at this stage, which would have been 145, if there were to be no further play!

Looks like my movie might be missed (most of it anyway), but what a final this has already been. The rain coming down has just added another layer of mystery to it all. Bangladesh deservedly with their noses ahead at this stage, and largely thanks to a magnificent rearguard from captain Akbar Ali. This, after Ravi Bishnoi, had yanked this game back from the clutches of the Bangladesh openers, who had put in a very good opening stand.

Ankolekar to Rakibul Hasan, no run

fuller, and he defends from the crease

Ankolekar to Rakibul Hasan, no run

length, and he presses forward to defend this

Just 15 to win now. Slip in for Rakibul

Ankolekar to Akbar Ali, 1 run

full, driven past the bowler, despite having six inside the ring, towards long-off

Ankolekar to Akbar Ali, no run

drives a fuller one towards cover

Ankolekar to Akbar Ali, no run

sweeps a fuller ball on leg, really hard. But he cannot place it either side of short fine leg

Ankolekar to Akbar Ali, no run

presses forward to defend a length ball around off

Final Powerplay, but that is only of academic interest. India need a blitz of wickets here

end of over 405 runs
BD19: 162/7CRR: 4.05 RRR: 1.60
Akbar Ali41 (72b 4x4 1x6)
Rakibul Hasan3 (17b)
Yashasvi Jaiswal 3-0-15-1
Atharva Ankolekar 3-0-20-0

The strength and conditioning coach, a non-Bangla speaker, shouts, "Shesh kore aasho (Finish this before you return)"

Jaiswal to Akbar Ali, 1 run

short, and he swats this away towards the sweeper at extra cover. Retains strike

Jaiswal to Akbar Ali, no run

length, plays it off the back foot

Meanwhile, there's a slight drizzle that has begun

Junaid: "This young Indian Team reminds me Era of Australian Team under Steven Waugh and Ricky Ponting. Who never gave up. Keep going young Lads, you can win it."

Jaiswal to Akbar Ali, 2 runs

short, and he goes back to drive this towards sweeper cover. Two picked up!

Jaiswal to Akbar Ali, no run

length, tossed up around off, and he stretches forward to defend

Jaiswal to Rakibul Hasan, 1 run

length, and he taps this ahead of square leg, and pinches a sharp single!

Mohammad Aftab: "During my college days, me and my friend Rahul use to invoke a popular phrase from Lagaan movie whenever India was in a precarious situation and it seemed to always work. Let me try that again after all these years, 'Maar kachra Maar'" --- I use it in office TT all the time. Often with my friend Anuj Vignesh

Jaiswal to Akbar Ali, 1 run

short, and he slaps this away towards deep mid-wicket

Jaiswal is brought back

The DLS par score at this stage is 144. It will go up to 156 if India can prize out a wicket

end of over 393 runs
BD19: 157/7CRR: 4.02 RRR: 1.90
Akbar Ali37 (67b 4x4 1x6)
Rakibul Hasan2 (16b)
Atharva Ankolekar 3-0-20-0
Akash Singh 8-1-33-0
Ankolekar to Akbar Ali, 1 run

full, driven down the ground towards long-off

Kushal Mehta: "Get a slip in...wickets are going to win you this!!"

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