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Maiden World Cup for Bangladesh, Young Champs lost their Sportsmanship – U19 World Cup 2020

Venue : Potchefstroom,South Africa.

Toss : Bangladesh won the toss and elect to bowl first.

Bangladesh Started with Aggression:

A heated argument exchanged when Bangladesh player nearly hits Divyaansh Saxena in the second over but soon on-field umpire intervene and calm things down in the middle. On a slow pitch at Potchefstroom India struggled to score right from the beginning. Divyaansh Saxena(2) Indian batsman lost his wicket when India score only 9 in 6.4 over includes three maidens.

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma somehow managed to provide a partnership and raise the score to 103. Tilak Varma lost his wicket to Tanzim Hasan Sakib when he scored 38 off 65. Yashasvi Jaiswal (leading run scorer of the series) looks to be the threatening batsman in the Indian side who dragged India to finals by winning Pakistan in semi-final,scored 88 off 121 which was the only bright spot from Indian side against Bangladesh and pressure builds on the defending champions.

Yashasvi Jaiswal continues his brilliant form but didn’t get enough support on other end.

After Yashasvi Jaiswal’s dismissal Indian team starts to collapse as they lose their remaining  batsman for just 21 runs. Bangladesh bowled and fielded brilliantly to fold-up India at 177. Avishek Das of Bangladesh uproot 3 wickets for 40 runs in 9 overs.

U19 worldcup 2020 India vs Bangladesh India struggle to score
U19 worldcup 2020 India vs Bangladesh India struggle to score

Bangladesh-historic win

After losing ACC U-19 Asia Cup 2019 against India, Bangladesh started their batting in a spectacular way in this innings. Where the opening pair added 50 runs in just 9 overs. Priyam Garg (Indian Captain) looking for a wicket and introduced the spinner Ravi Bishnoi(Right-arm legbreak) who snatched 4 wickets in his 10 overs which bought back India in to the game.

Ravi Bishnoi – Leading Wicket taker in the tournament with 17 wickets in 6 Matches

After 41st over, Bangladesh required 15 runs in 54 balls. Suddenly rain coming down slightly heavier and Covers are coming on. The rain interrupt the game and reduced the required as 7 runs to win from 30 balls, India never had a chance to stand. Bangladesh skipper Akbar Ali’s 43 off 77 paved the way for their maiden win.

Young champs lost their sportsman ship

Bangladesh players starts celebrate their stunning win by running in and hugs the player. Everything looks great until few Indian and Bangladesh players starts  clashing each other. Not great scenes, this has been a tightly, and emotionally, contested match. It seemed like Bangladesh player said something to the Indian players which leads to the argument. Who initiated the scene and what was said is not yet known as camera did not focus much on the fight.

A tweet from JP Duminy – Former South African International cricketer & one of the commentator in U19 World Cup Final 2020.

Regarding the incident

The Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali said, “As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game”

The U19 India captain Priyam Garg said”We were easy. We think it’s part and parcel of the game – you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay,”

Regards the match

Akbar Ali, Bangladesh captain: “When I entered the middle, we needed a partnership. I told my partner that we shouldn’t lose a wicket. The planning was simple. We knew India would not let it easy, they’re a very challenging side. We knew it would be a difficult chase. I am a person who wants to keep things simple. In the first half of the tournament, I was not getting enough chances to bat and today I wanted to capitalise”.

Priyam Garg, India captain: “Results didn’t go our way, but very happy with the way we fought. Our guys tried their best. The toss was a factor, the wicket was a little damp. The way we played, the way we approached was very good. 215-220 would have been a very good target. We couldn’t have done much with the bowling. 177 was not a good total. Bangladesh played well too. Very good experience to play in South Africa”.

Player of the Tournament

Yashasvi Jaiswal(India)

Innings : 06

Runs : 400(100’s-01,50’s-04)

Wickets : 03(with the ball)

Yashasvi Jaiswal :”I really enjoyed the tournament and it was really good. I had a good experience of playing in South Africa, on how to play on these wickets. I really enjoyed that. I’m just thinking about what I play next, I only think about my process. I will stick to my process”.

U19 worldcup India vs Bangladesh player of the tournament received by Yashasvi Jaiswal
U19 worldcup player of the tournament received by Yashasvi Jaiswal

Man of the match

Akbar Ali(Bangladesh)

Batting : 43* off 77(4-fours,1-six)

Akbar Ali : “It’s like a dream come true. It’s all because of the hard work we have done in the last few months. Some of our bowlers were very pumped up. Some of the things that happened should not have happened. I also congratulate the Indian team. I thank our support staff. It’s been a very good experience for us. It’s just the beginning for us, I hope it’s the stepping stone for us”.

U19 worldcup India vs Bangladesh akbar ali Player of the Match
U19 worldcup India vs Bangladesh Akbar Ali Player of the Match
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