Indian players again created history, won the title after four years and restored the kingdom. India beat England by 4-wickets in the Under-19 World Cup finals played on Saturday and was crowned as the champions for the record fifth time. With this victory after 2018, the Indian team remained invincible in this tournament. Where England team was dreaming of becoming champion for the second time after 1998, was disappointed.
England team won the toss and decided to bat first. But in front of the deadly bowling of medium pacers Raj Bawa and Ravi Kumar, the entire team returned to the pavilion after scoring 189 runs in 44.5 overs. In reply, the Indian team won the title by scoring 195 runs with the loss of 6 wickets in 47.4 overs. Although India had a poor start, thanks to the unmatched innings of Sheikh Rashid and Nishant Sindhu, the Indian team was successful in achieving the target.
Indian bowlers shined
For India, medium-pacer Raj Bawa took 5 wickets while bowling lethal and smashed the England batsmen. He conceded 31 runs in 9.5 overs and bowled an over maiden. At the same time, Ravi took 4 wickets for 34 runs in 9 overs and also bowled an over maiden. Spinner Kailash Tambe took one wicket. England’s batting was very poor six of the batsmen could not even cross the double-figure.
James Rev, who came out to play at number three for England, batted brilliantly and scored 95 runs. He hit 12 fours while playing 116 balls. While James Sales remained unbeaten on 34 off 65 balls with two fours. England had lost 7 wickets after scoring just 91 runs.
Sheikh Rashid and Nishant Sindhu hit half-centuries
For the Indian team chasing the target, Sheikh Rashid scored a second consecutive half-century while playing a brilliant inning. He scored 50 runs in 84 balls and during this, he hit 6 fours. India had a poor start and opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi got out without scoring a single run. After this Rashid added 48 runs for the second wicket with Harnoor Singh. The middle-order player Nishant Sindhu and Raj Bawa added 67 runs for the fifth wicket. Nishant remained unbeaten on 50 off 54 balls.