Twitter Reactions: Akbar Ali’s immense grit takes Bangladesh colts to maiden World Cup glory

Twitter Reactions: Akbar Ali’s immense grit takes Bangladesh colts to maiden World Cup glory

Ravi Bishnoi and Yashasvi Jaiswal's efforts weren't enough for the Boys in Blue.

Akbar Ali
Akbar Ali. (Photo by Jan Kruger-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

The final of the U19 World Cup didn’t have any dearth of excitement whatsoever despite not being a high-scoring affair. The ebbs and flows of the game between India and Bangladesh at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom were jaw-dropping. In the end, The Junior Tigers, led by their wicketkeeper Akbar Ali, won by three wickets to get their hands on the U19 World Cup trophy for the first time.

Jaiswal plays a lone hand

After being put in to bat, India had a rough start courtesy the opening burst from the Tigers pacers. Avishek Das, who replaced Hasan Murad, struck first blood, getting rid of Divyansh Saxena. But Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma’s 94-run stand got some momentum back for the Boys in Blue. Tanzim Hasan Sakib broke the partnership after pinning Varma, who scored 38 with three fours.

Rakibul Hasan, Bangladesh’s standout bowler, dismissed Priyam Garg cheaply. At the other end, Yashasvi looked in a different zone and got to his fifty off 89 balls. However, one he got out after scoring 88, the Indian innings fell apart. India lost their last seven wickets for 21 runs in a space of 45 deliveries. The lower order couldn’t resist and Garg’s men were bowled out for 177 in 47.2 overs.

Akbar plays a skipper’s knock

The Tigers started the chase with intent. Parvez Hossain Emon and Tanzid Hasan Tamim put on 50 in 8.5 overs. But Tamim threw his wicket away on 17, trying to take on Ravi Bishnoi, who wreaked havoc thereafter. The spinner spun a web around the Bangladesh batters and picked up four wickets in his first spell. Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Towhid Hridoy and Shahadat Hossain perished in no time.

Shamim Hossain and Avishek Das got out to rash strokes, much to the Tigers’ agony. Emon retired hurt, but he came back with the Tigers in need of a partnership. The left-hander scored 47 before a loose shot off Jaiswal accounted for his wicket. Skipper Akbar Ali had a huge task at hand. Rain halted play for a brief while, but Akbar stayed unbeaten on 43 off 77 to script glory for the Tigers.

Here’s how Twitterati lauded Bangladesh U19 for their resilient show: –