Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 15th 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, February 15, 2016
DHAKA---Underdogs West Indies Under-
19s stunned favourites India Under-19s by
five wickets in a low-scoring final of the
ICC Youth Cricket World Cup, to crown
themselves World champions for the first
time in their history yesterday.
Chasing 146 for victory at the Shere Bangla
National Stadium, the Caribbean side were
reduced to 77 for five in the 29th over before
they were bailed out by a brilliant unbeaten
half-century by Man-of-the-Match Keacy
Carty, to get home in the last over with a
mere three balls to spare.
Carty stroked an unbeaten 52 off 125 balls
with two fours and added a precious 69 in
an unbroken sixth wicket stand with the con-
sistent Keemo Paul who struck a busy 40
not out off 68 deliveries with a four and a
six.Entering the final over of the game with
three runs needed, Paul got the winning runs
when he charged seamer Khaleel Ahmed and
top-edged a pull over the wicketkeeper for
four, to spark wild celebrations in the West
"I feel very good right now. Words can t
even explain how I feel right now," an over-
whelmed Young Windies captain Shimron
"How the guys played today showed we
were supposed to be champions today and
we came out on top."
The victory had earlier been set up by the
irrepressible Alzarri Joseph who tore through
the India Under-19s top order with a fine
exhibition of fast bowling, to send the innings
tumbling to 145 all out off 45.1 overs.
He claimed three for 39 from his ten overs
while seamers Ryan John (3-38) and Paul (2-
17) provided excellent support, as India faltered
badly after they were sent in -- crashing to
50 for five in the 18th over and never really
Sarfaraz Khan top-scored with 51 off 89
balls and Rahul Batham got 21 but they were
just two of three batsmen to make it into
With just the fourth ball of the contest,
India lost Rishabh Pant for one, thanks to
great awareness on the part of wicketkeeper
Tevin Imlach. The left-hander wandered from
his crease after leaving alone a wide Joseph
delivery and Imlach threw down the stumps,
to send the batsman on his way with just
three runs on the board.
In his next over, Joseph removed Anmol-
preet Singh for three to a catch at the wicket
with a delivery which bounced and swung
away, and India were slumping at 27 for three
in the seventh over when the impressive
Antiguan trapped captain Ishan Kishan for
four with a full length delivery.
Washington Sundar lofted John to Joseph
at mid-off for seven in the 15th over and
Armaan Jaffer drove seamer Shamar Springer
low to Keemo Paul at short cover for five in
the 18th over, to leave India in chaos.
Sarfaraz counter-attacked, striking five
fours and a six, and mounting the best stand
of the innings -- 37 for the sixth wicket with
Mahipal Lomror who made 19.
New ball bowler Chemar Holder, whose
ten overs cost just 20 runs, removed Lomror
to a catch at the wicket in the 30th over and
Mayank Dagar (8) put on a further 29 for the
seventh wicket with Sarfaraz before cutting
John to backward point where Carty held a
sharp catch going to his left.
His dismissal parked the end of the resist-
ance as the last four wickets fell for 29 runs
in the space of 53 balls.
In reply, West Indies started shakily, losing
both openers to slip to 28 for two in the
eighth over. The in-form Gidron Pope slashed
seamer Avesh Khan down the throat of third
man to perish for three in the third over
before Imlach jabbed one from Ahmed to
Lomror at cover, to depart for 15.
Hetmyer, who scored 23, then combined
with Carty in a positive third wicket stand
of 39 to put the Windies back on course.
The left-handed Hetmyer faced 53 deliv-
eries and struck a single four, and appeared
in good touch before holing out to long-on
off left-arm spinner Dagar who claimed three
Hetmyer was one of three wickets to fall
for ten runs in the space of 36 balls as India
rebounded to blow the game wide open.
Springer (3) tried to go over the top with
Dagar but only succeeded in picking out
Armaan Jaffer at mid-off at 71 for four in
the 27th over and Jyd Goolie (3) drove a knee-
high return catch to Dagar next over, as the
Windies lost their fifth. However, Carty and
Paul then capitalised on dropped catches to
produce a sensible partnership and end any
hopes India had of a dramatic victory.
Paul was dropped on 10 off Dagar at 96
for five and then again on 35 in the penul-
timate over from Lomror with West Indies
requiring nine from the last two overs, while
Carty was let off on 35 also off Dagar at 109
for five. Paul, whose controversial run out
against Zimbabwe in the group stage earned
West Indies a spot in the knock-out round,
then covered himself in glory by hitting the
winning runs in the final over.
Young Windies stun India
India vs West Indies
Anmolpreet Singh c wkp Imlach b Joseph . . . . .3
WashingtonSundarcJosephbJohn . . . . . . . . . .7
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-8, 3-27, 4-41, 5-50, 6-87,
7-116, 8-120, 9-123, 10-145.
Bowling: Joseph 10-0-39-3 (w5), Holder 10-2-
20-1 (w6), John 10-0-38-3, Springer 9-1-24-1,
Paul 6.1-0-17-2 (w4).
SHetmyercArmaanJafferbDagar . . . . . . . . .23
SSpringercArmaanJafferbDagar. . . . . . . . . . .3
TOTAL(5wkts,49.3overs).. ... ... ... ..146
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-28, 3-67, 4-71, 5-77.
Bowling: Avesh Khan 10-1-29-1, Ahmed 9.3-2-
32-1 (w3), Sundar 9-1-18-0, Batham 3-0-12-0
(w1), Lomror 8-0-29-0 (w2), Dagar 10-1-25-3.
Result: West Indies Under-19s won by five
Series: West Indies Under-19s win ICC Youth
Cricket World Cup.
Man-of-the-Match: Keacy Carty.
Man-of-the-Series: Mehedi Hasan Miraz
Kaecy Carty defends
during his match
winning innings for
the West Indies in the
ICC Under-19 World
Cup final against India
Under-19 at Sher-e-
West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President,
Dave Cameron has congratulated the players
and management of the under 19 team which
won the World Cup for the first time yesterday.
Cameron credits the over 15 months of prepa-
ration the team underwent which he thinks "gave
them the tools necessary to win the title."
The five-wicket win Cameron says "was intense,
but the players showed resilience and patience
required to take them through to the very end.
The region is proud this morning of the achieve-
ments of this team and we see a clear path to the
development of our future stars."
Cameron thinks "this was a comprehensive
team effort and this is indicative of how we would
like to move forward with all categories of our
The President in expressing his joy said "it was
a wonderful Valentine s Day gift to all the people
in the Caribbean." He also wanted to highlight
the contribution of the families of the young men.
He noted also that the team will be appropriately
recognised once they return home.
The T&T Cricket Board (TTCB) said it was
extremely proud of the effort.
"We extend our heartiest congratulations to
the entire team, the management staff, and espe-
cially our two T&T representatives, Jyd Goolie
and Kirstan Kallicharan," said president Azim Bas-
He said that the regional youngsters, who lacked
the extended preparation and generous financial
backing that the other top teams possessed going
into the tournament, refused to be bowed and
grew from strength to strength in each match.
"They showed that the region still possesses
tremendous raw talent and grabbed the attention
and admiration of cricket lovers all around the
world with their never-say-die attitude and by
playing smart cricket throughout the tournament,"
The TTCB chief said that the team s perform-
ances illustrated the strength of the youth cricket
structure in the Caribbean which has been able
to produce world beaters despite the serious chal-
Bassarath said that valuable lessons have also
been learnt by all who followed the team s progress
as the Under-19s showed courage under fire,
patience in the face of crisis and the value of
teamwork to achieve victory.
Minister of Sport Darryl Smith described the
victory as well executed "The patient and accurate
bowling, superb fielding and sensible batting all
contributed to this momentous achievement. We
have followed the tournament, noted the com-
mitment and maturity of these young players
throughout and shared in their belief that they
could bring home the coveted title.
"As young adults, these athletes have also
emphatically placed West Indies back on the map
of world cricket and we expect great things of
them in the future. It is a testimony to the spirit
and resilience of youth. We should all encourage
our youth population to excel in whatever spheres
they choose to express themselves."
Praise pours in
for resilient U19s
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