Dhaka – Bangladesh have won its first global cricket trophy beating India by three wickets in the Under 19 ICC World Cup final in South Africa.
Skipper Akbar Ali contributed a rearguard innings to guide Bangladesh to upset India in the final match after the initial hiccups as his top order batsmen tottered against Indian bowling on Sunday.
Bangladesh celebrated the victory at on the ground and at home. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the Bangladeshi youths for their stunning victory.
India batted first after Bangladesh chose to field winning the toss. India was restricted to 177 runs.
Bangladesh raced to 50 before losing its first wicket, and then collapsed to lose six for 52 as legspinner Ravi Boshnoi (4-30) ripped through the top order.
India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal led the scoring with 88 before his dismissal in the 40th over triggered a collapse.
Avishek Das took 3-40 and Shoriful Islam returned 2-31 and produced a run-out.
Akbar Ali, the skipper of Bangladesh, scored unbeaten 43 from 77 balls steadied the innings in pursuit of a rain-revised target of 170 under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Opener Parvez Emon contributed 47. An injury put him on retirement initially but he return in the fag-end to contribute more. Rakbul Hasan hit the winnings runs as Bangladesh reached 170-7 for a three-wicket victory with 30 balls to spare.