India have put on a dominant display in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup and they are on the cup of winning their fourth title. Will the West Indies spoil the party and pull off a spectacular upset? Catch all the live cricket scores and updates
Squad: Ishan Kishan (c), Rishabh Pant (vice-capt), Khaleel Ahmed, Zeeshan Ansari, Rahul Batham, Ricky Bhui, Mayank Dagar, Armaan Jaffer, Sarfaraz Khan, Amandeep Khare, Avesh Khan, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Mavi, Anmolpreet Singh, Washington Sundar.
Squad: Shimron Hetmyer (c), Keacy Carty, Shahid Crooks, Michael Frew, Jyd Goolie, Chemar K Holder, Tevin Imlach, Ryan John, Alzarri Joseph, Kirstan Kallicharan, Keemo Paul, Gidron Pope, Odean Smith, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart.
India take on West Indies in the final of the U19 World Cup on 14 February, Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Match starts at 2.30am GMT. Live coverage of the game is available in the UK on Sky Sports 5 and Sky Sports 5 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.
Two teams in red hot form, face each other in the final of the U19 World Cup on 14 February, Sunday at Mirpur, Bangladesh. Either India or West Indies will lift the trophy, in what was a keenly contested World Cup.
India who cruised past Sri Lanka in the semi-final, come into this game on the heels of a 15-match unbeaten streak, playing in what will be their fifth final in the Under 19 format. The three-time winners have been in scintillating form so far, and will certainly consider themselves favourites to win the title for the fourth time.
Sarfaraz Khan has been the star with the bat scoring 304 runs at an average of 76, while wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant too has chipped in with important contributions, his 18-ball 50 being the highlight of the tournament so far. The only concern the Indians will have is with the batting performing so well, their middle order has been untested so far, and that could pose a problem if the top order fails to fire in the final.
The bowling too has been impressive; Avesh Khan has led the bowling attack, picking 11 wickets while Mayank Dagar and Mahipal Lomor have provided him able support, taking eight and seven wickets respectively. With both the batting and bowling line-up settled, India will be looking to clinch their fourth U19 World Cup on Sunday.
Making only their second appearance in the finals of the U19 World Cup, West Indies stunned the hosts in the semi-final, beating Bangladesh by three wickets in a thrilling game at Mirpur. The West Indies will be hoping that Shamar Springer repeats his heroics in the final, and leads their charge against a powerful unit. With 282 runs and six wickets, Springer has been one of the outstanding all-rounders of the tournament. West Indies go into this game as the underdogs but could spring a surprise on their day.
India to win
Betting odds (Ladbrokes)
- India to win: 2/7
- West Indies to win: 11/4
India are the only team that did not lose a single match en-route to the final of the 2016 Under-19 World Cup. Their dominant display makes them the favorites to clinch the crown for the fourth time but the West Indies will be determined to secure their maiden Under-19 World Cup. Catch all the live cricket scores and updates (NEWS |
Rahul Dravid’s contribution to Indian cricket is immense. The amount of runs he has scored in both Tests and one-day internationals, combined with the milestones that he has accumulated, make him one of the greats. However, there is one thing missing in Dravid’s stellar career and that is a World Cup win. On February 14, he is one win away from adding a World Cup trophy to his stellar list of achievements.
India’s performance in this edition has been dominant. They have clicked in all departments and there have been no weaknesses in the team. The batting, bowling and fielding have all clicked as a unit. At the top, Rishabh Pant, who smashed the fastest fifty in Under-19 cricket against Nepal, has provided the necessary firepower. In the middle order, Sarfaraz Khan and Washington Sundar have provided stability. With the ball, Avesh Khan with 11 wickets has been the pick of the bowlers while the likes of Mahipal Lomror have been a revelation.
The team has won 15 consecutive matches and skipper Ishan Kishan now stands on the cusp of winning the Under-19 World Cup for the fourth time, which will be the most by any team. He has a chance to join the likes of Mohammad Kaif, Virat Kohli and Unmukt Chand as the other World Cup winning skippers for India.
West Indies Should Not Be Taken Lightly
Few would have thought West Indies would be in this situation after their loss in the opening match to England. However, with some gritty performances have seen the boys from the Caribbean dance their way to the final.
Shamar Springer has epitomised the cavalier nature of the West Indies cricket team in this tournament. His celebratory dances have been the talk of town, but his energy and skills have served the team well. The likes of skipper Shimron Hetmyer and Gidron Pope, two power hitters have served the batting well.
With the ball, Alzarri Jospeh has grabbed the attention of analysts with his 90-mph speed. Speaking just before the final, former West Indies player Ian Bishop said, “The kids have done better than I thought they would have. I wouldn’t say they were as prepared as they could have been. So to get to the final… I think it will encourage a lot of West Indian supporters. It also give a glimpse that West Indies do have talents, if not as much as before.”
A win for West Indies will go a long way to revive interest in the game back home. They would be desperate to overcome the tragedy of 2004 at the same venue, when they lost the final by 25 runs to Pakistan.
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