Bangladesh won a thrilling Under-19 Cricket World Cup final over India despite a rain delay in the closing stages in Potchefstroom.

Captain Akbar Ali led his side to a three-wicket victory via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method after the defending champions had set a target of 177.

It was Bangladesh's first World Cup triumph at any level in what was their first final of the tournament.

"It's an unbelievable experience," said Rakibul Hasan. "We came here with plans and it worked out really well. Whichever team executes their plans better on the day wins, and that happened for us today."

An unbeaten 88 from Yashasvi Jaiswal had looked likely to put India in a strong position after they were put in to bat.

However, Tanzid Hasan caught Jaiswal with ease at short midwicket to spark a collapse, India losing their final six wickets for a further 21 runs.

Ravi Bishnoi (4-30) gave India some hope, some masterful leg-spinning leaving Bangladesh in danger of falling well short in their chase as they reached 85-5.

But Ali steadied the ship with 43 off 77 deliveries before the covers came on with Bangladesh just 15 runs short of victory.

A revised target of 170 in 46 overs was set and duly reached with 23 balls remaining, sparking wild celebrations.

West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Matthew Patrick had a telling performance with the bat and ball as the regional team secured a 4 wickets win over South Africa, in the 5th Place Play-off of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Potchefstroom.

The South Africans, who won the toss and choose to bat, seemed well on their way to a decent total after posting 120 for 4 in the 29th over.  Patrick and left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd, however, then ripped through the middle order prompting a South Africa collapse that saw the team lose its remaining six wickets for 23 runs and post 143.

In pursuit of what seemed a gettable target, the Windies found themselves in early trouble after losing two wickets with only 11 runs on the board.  Patrick, who came in as the no 6. batsman, steadied the ship with a crucial 25 runs off 61 balls and ensured the team got to the target.  Bryce Parsons and Merrick Brett were the pick of the bowlers for South Africa after turning five of their 19 overs into maidens and picking up four wickets between them.

 

 

West Indies slipped from a position of strength to a two-wicket defeat to New Zealand in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the 2020 ICC U19 World Cup in South Africa.

Half-centuries from Kevlon Anderson and Nayeem Young, who also had a five-wicket haul, propelled the West Indies U19s to a 71-run win on Duckworth Lewis in their rain-affected match against England in Kimberley, South Africa on Monday.

Nyeem Young starred with the bat as West Indies sealed a maiden win over Australia at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup at the eighth attempt.

Jayden Seales did the damage with the ball to hustle Australia out for 179 and Young’s measured innings in reply saw West Indies to victory with 24 balls to spare of their Group B opener.

Young was the matchwinner for the Windies with a priceless 61 from 69 balls just as Australia were bearing down on his side’s tail.

"It's good to get a win," Young said. “It doesn’t matter the opponent, but it is good to get it against Australia. I am happy to get it across the line, and I think it shows how we fight with the ball and the bat.”

Australia batted first and were bowled out for just 179. Jake Fraser-McGurk fought a lone battle, with a defiant 84 from 97 balls at the top of the order.

Wickets tumbled around him though as Seales (four for 49) and Matthew Forde (three for 24) ran riot. Patrick Rowe struck 40 to give the young Aussies a sniff, but 179 was well below par.

Windies slipped to 92 for five in the chase, thanks chiefly to a fine spell of leg-spin bowling by Tanveer Sangha whose promise has already seen him feature in the Big Bash League.

His four for 30 ran the Windies desperately close, and they breathed a sigh of relief when his allocation came to an end.

Beyond the mystery of Sangha, West Indies found comfort through Young's mature knock and got home with three overs and as many wickets to spare.

West Indies U19 Head Coach, Graeme West is backing the young team to show the qualities they have developed in the last year, when they bowl off their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup campaign against three-time tournament winners Australia in Zone B at the De Beers Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Saturday, January 18.

The team is gaining confidence after wins in the two warm-up games against Canada and Scotland. All 15 players are fit and available for selection as the team begins their preparations for the opening group game against Australia.

West provided a detailed account of the team’s work as they prepare to start the ICC U19 World Cup which West Indies famously won in 2016.

“The two warm-up games were certainly competitive and provided all squad members with opportunities to demonstrate their skills and show that they had made the necessary adjustments to the conditions and wickets to be effective,” said West.

“The Scotland performance was an improvement on the Canada game when Nyeem Young and Antonio Morris batted superbly to turn the game around.

“The bowling unit was slightly below par against Canada given how well they have performed since the Tri-Series in December, but on Wednesday against Scotland we were far more controlled and disciplined.”

West said the most pleasing aspect of the Scotland game was the contribution from the top four batters, who needed time in the middle.

“Kevlon Anderson’s hundred was well-paced as he mixed good strike rotation with some power hitting. Captain Kimani Melius and Leonardo Julien set the tempo for the innings with run-a-ball half-centuries on a wicked that was well suited to their stroke play and positive intent,” West said.

“We are well aware of the quality Australia and England possess  and both games will provide great opportunities for our players to demonstrate the learning that has taken place over the last year, we know we will have to produce a perfect performance to beat both sides.”

He urged the West Indies fans to support the young team as they seek to emulate the title-winning class of 2016.

 “They know the importance of the tournament and the stage they are about to perform on and we would love to have everyone supporting and following us. The boys will be doing everything they can to make their friends, families and all the Windies Cricket fans proud,” he said.

 

The West Indies under 19 team’s preparations for the World Cup are well and truly underway with the side already in camp in Johannesburg since Saturday.

The camp is set to run until January six days before the January 17 start of the World Cup.

Coming out of the camp, the West Indies u19s go into official warm-up games against Canada on January 13 and Scotland on January 15.

The West Indies are in Zone B of the World Cup group stage where they will face Australia, England and debutants, Nigeria.

According to Cricket West Indies, the players have been preparing well, given the exposure that has been afforded them through trial games in the Rising Stars Under-19 tournament, with players from the Super50-winning West Indies Emergin Players team, joining the World Cup outfit, as well as a skills camp in September of 2019, and two tri-series competitions against England and Sri Lanka in the Caribbean.

According to U19 coach, Graeme West, the two tri-series against England and Sri Lanka were instructive.
“The encouraging aspect of the Tri-Series was that the team got into strong positions in five out of the six games that were played, the bowling unit functioned well and was backed up by some impressive fielding that was enhanced by the introduction of Fielding Specialist, Julien Fountain. The batsman came out of the series with a better understanding of the skills they will need to deliver in order to achieve the team targets that have been set and the camp will certainly focus heavily in these areas,” said West.

“The six games has given each player a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities they will need to fulfil for the team to succeed. Equally as important was the time the players and coaches spent together to discuss, review and reflect on the cricket that was played and identify how each player can move their game forward and give more to the team.”


WEST INDIES UNDER-19 WORLD CUP SQUAD:

Kimani Melius - Captain

Nyeem Young

Ashmead Nedd

Leonardo Julien

Kevlon Anderson

Daniel Beckford

Matthew Forde

Joshua James

Antonio Morris

Mbeki Joseph

Avinash Mahabirsingh

Kirk McKenzie

Ramon Simmonds

Matthew Patrick

Jaden Seales

 

TEAM MANAGEMENT

Graeme West (Head Coach)

Kenny Benjamin (Assistant Coach)

Dwain Gill (Manager)

Dinesh Mahabir (Analyst)

Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist)

Martin Gallyer (Strength & Conditioning Coach) 

Julian Fountain (Fielding Coach) 

Cricket West Indies has picked Kimani Melius to lead a 15-man squad to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in January.

Before the team goes off to the World Cup, it will take on the England U19s and Sri Lanka U19s in the West Indies Rising Stars U19 Tri-Series in December.

Melius was part of the team that failed to hold on to the title it won in 2016 last year, along with two other returning members. Ashmead Nedd and Nyeem Young were also members of that squad which has brought in players from the West Indies Emerging Players team currently part of the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup.

Leonardo Julien and Jayden Seales are the two from the young Super50 side to make the cut.

The Caribbean will get its opportunity to see the team in action, with the Tri-Series set to feature nine matches from December 6-21 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground and the Coolidge Cricket Ground.

The West Indies will face three-time winners Australia, 1998 England and tournament debutants Nigeria in Zone B of the U19 World Cup which begins January 17 and runs through to February 9.

The squad is completed by Kevlon Anderson, Daniel Beckford, Matthew Forde, Joshua James, Antonio Morris, Mbeki Joseph, Avinash Mahabirsingh, Kirk McKenzie, Ramon Simmonds, and Matthew Patrick.

 

The Rising Stars U-19 Tri-Series Fixtures in Antigua

 

ODI 1      December 6th: England vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 2      December 7th: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 3      December 9th: West Indies vs England, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 4      December 10th: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 5      December 12th : England vs Sri Lanka, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ODI 6      December 13th: West Indies vs England, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 7      December 15th: West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 8      December 17th: Sri Lanka vs England, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 9      December 19th: West Indies vs England, Coolidge Cricket Ground

ODI 10     December 21: The Final, Coolidge Cricket Ground

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