Bangladesh’s Under-19 pace pair of Shoriful Islam and Tanzim Hasan Sakib started the ICC Under-19 World Cup final in Potchefstroom with fire, brimstone and iron-clad discipline, leading to Divyaansh Saxena falling for just two in the seventh over.
After 10 overs, India were 22 for one. Sakib did not concede a single run in his first 17 balls before ending a hundred per cent dot-ball streak by bowling a bouncer that was deemed too high and signalled a wide.
“Very unusual standard, high quality at this age-level,” was how commentator and former West Indian pacer Ian Bishop characterised the bowling display.
The reward for the two pacers’ aggression and discipline was reaped by first-change bowler Avishek Das, who had Saxena caught at point when the right-hander, having scored just two runs from 16 balls, looked to release pressure by throwing his bat at a wide delivery.
After Bangladesh won the toss, Shoriful regularly beat Yashasvi Jaiswal — the tournament’s highest scorer — with deliveries that seamed away from the left-hander’s off stump. There was plenty of aggression, with long stares and a few words from Shoriful, causing the umpire to step in on a few occasions, including when Sakib almost hit Saxena with an aggressive throw back at the batsman when he had stepped out after playing a shot.
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup in Potchefstroom today. Bangladesh made one change to their playing eleven, with Avishek Das replacing Hasan Murad. India are unchanged.
Bangladesh: 1 Parvez Hossain Emon, 2 Tanzid Hasan, 3 Mahmudul Hasan Joy, 4 Towhid Hridoy, 5 Shahadat Hossain, 6 Shamim Hossain,7 Avishek Das, 8 Akbar Ali (capt, wk), 9 Rakibul Hasan, 10 Shoriful Islam, 11 Tanzim Hasan Sakib
India: 1 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 2 Divyaansh Saxena, 3 Tilak Varma, 4 Dhruv Jurel (wk), 5 Priyam Garg (capt), 6 Siddhesh Veer, 7 Atharva Ankolekar, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Sushant Mishra, 10 Kartik Tyagi, 11 Akash Singh
Bangladesh are playing their maiden final while India, the defending champions, are looking to win their fifth title of this event. Both teams came into the final with an unbeaten record.
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