DHAKA, Feb 14, 2016 (BSS)- West Indies clinched their maiden title of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup with a five-wicket victory over India in a low scoring final held on Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur.Chasing a paltry winning target of 146 runs set by India, West Indies, however, faced early little wobble in beginning of the chase but eventually they managed to reach home for the loss of five wickets with three balls remaining.
Indian new-ball bowler Avesh gave his side the early breakthrough when he dismissed dangerous West Indian opener Gidron Pope for 3 in the third over of the chase.Skipper Shimron Hetmyer (23) and Tevin Imlach (15) Shamar Springer (3) and Jyed Goolie (3) also lasted a little in the face of tight Indian blowing attacks and departed cheaply leaving West Indies in a deep trouble with 5 for 77 in the score board.West Indies desperately needed a partnership in this crucial stage and Keacy Carty and Keemo Paul took the responsibility to take West Indies at home with an unbreakable 69 runs stand for the sixth wicket to ensure their much-awaited victory.Middle order batsman Carty played a responsible knock of 52 runs off 125 balls laced with two boundaries while Paul supported him with a priceless 40 runs off 82 balls that featured one over boundary and one boundary.Indian bowler Mayank Dagar finished his spell with a figure of 10-1-25-3.Keacy Carty of West Indies was named the player of the match for his responsible batting display while Bangladesh skipper Mehedi Hasan Miraz was adjudged the man of the series for his all through display in the tournament.Earlier, West Indies bowlers restricted three times champions Indian for paltry total of 145.The same batsmen, who helped India stay unbeaten earlier in all through the tournament, failed to apply themselves in the big match after they were sent to bat by the West Indies and were sent packing in 45.1 overs.Middle order batsman Sarfaraz Khan (51 off 89) was the lone exception as he saved India from the total embarrassment of being bowled out for a sub-100 total with a fifth fifty plus score in six innings, also making him only one to score most half centuries (7) in the history of the tournament.While the Indian batters tottering and were looking to skip from this
condition, the West Indies bowlers made no mistake as they did well to fully exploit the conditions. Alzarri Joseph (3/39) ran through top order before Ryan John (3/38) landed crucial blows for his team.Chemar Holder kept things tight to maintain pressure on the Indian batsmen, conceding only 20 runs in 10 overs with a timely wicket of Mahipal Lomror.The junior men in blue, aiming for an unprecedented fourth title, lost their top three for 27 runs, all falling to Joseph. Rishabh Pant was stumped in an unusual manner with West Indian keeper Tevin Imlach showing presence of mind to fox the Indian opener, who was standing out of his crease while leaving an away going delivery.Anmolpreet Singh, who scored a gritty 50 in the semifinals, edged a sharp one to the wicket-keeper. And soon after, Captain Ishan Kishan was gone too, ending his disappointing run in the tournament where he ended with a solitary 50 in six innings. However, he was out leg before wicket to a ball that appeared to pitch outside the leg-stump.The fall of Armaan Jaffer made it 50 for five and after that began the innings repair exercise by Sarfaraz and Lomror (19 off 43), who added 37 runs for the sixth wicket.India badly needed another decent partnership to put up a respectable total but that did not happen as Sarfaraz kept running out of partners until he missed a crossed batted shot to be caught plumb in front, leaving his team at 120 for eight. His 89-ball effort studded with five fours and a six.The tail-ender failed to contribute following a dismal batting effort by the top orders earlier in the innings.Brief score:India – 145 for all in 45.1 overs, Sarfaraz Khan 51, Mahipal Lomror 19, Ryan John 3/38, Alzarri 3/39 and Keemo Paul 2/17.West Indies -146 for 5 in 49.3 overs, Keacy Carty 52 (n.o) Paul 40 (n.o) ,Dagar 3/25.