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India beat England In U19 World Cup Final

Update : 06 Feb 2022, 09:51

India chased down 190 by 4 wickets and 2.2 balls to spare against England to win the U19 World Cup final on Saturday at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.

This is India's fifth World U19 World Cup title. India got a great start through Ravi Kumar (4/34), who made up for not making it to the IPL 2022 auction shortlist by wrecking the top and lower order. Raj Bawa (5/31), who is in the shortlist, broke through the middle order, becoming the first Indian bowler to take a fifer in U19 World Cup finals. Shaik Rasheed (50) and Nishant Sindhu (50*) were the top scorers in India's chase as they reached the target in 47.4 overs.

England skipper Tom Prest won the toss and chose to bat first - a decision that backfired as IndiaN pacers Ravi Kumar (34/4) and Raj Bawa (31/5) dismantled England's batting order by sharing nine wickets between themselves. England were wobbling at 91/7 at one stage after which James Rew (95 off 116) and James Sales (34 off 65) stitched a valuable 93-run stand for the eighth wicket to help their team reach a much better total of 189 runs.

India lost opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi (0) off the second ball of the chase after which Harnoor Singh (21 off 46) and Shaik Rasheed (50 off 84) added 49 runs for the second wicket to bring India back in the game. Rasheed, who had scored valuable 94 runs in the semi-final against Australia, once again proved his class in a big match. 

Despite losing two in-form batsmen in Rasheed and captain Yash Dhull (17 off 32) in quick succession, the Indian middle-order rose to the occasion with Nishant Sandhu (50* off 54) and Raj Bawa (35 off 54) doing the needful. Sandhu scored an unbeaten half-century as India won the contest in 47.4 overs. Dinesh Bana (13* off 5) hit back-to-back sixes to finish the summit clash in style.

"Proud moment for India, that we have managed to achieve this. It was difficult at the start to get the combination right. But as time went we became a family and the team atmosphere was good. Great moment to be playing under this lot of support staff," stated skipper Dhull after the match.

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