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Twitter Reactions: India snatches victory from the jaws of defeat to become U19 Asian champions

Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals and could never get the upper hand in their run chase.

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India U19. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The final of the Under-19 Asia Cup between India and Bangladesh wasn’t a high-scoring by any means. Yet, it turned out to be a cliff-hanger. At the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, both sides tried their hearts out. In the end, India won by five runs. India fought back after a poor show with the bat, courtesy of first some fiery bowling from the pacers and then the spin bowlers.

Tigers get India on the mat

Dhruv Jurel had no hesitation to bat first, but the decision backfired as the Bangladesh bowlers reduced India to 8/3 in only 5.1 overs. None of Suved Parkar, Arjun Azad and Tilak Varma could cross the single-digit score. But skipper Jurel (33) and Shashant Rawat (19) put their heads down for a useful 45-run stand. Shamim Hossain separated the duo, removing the ominous-looking Rawat.

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In the same over, Shamim got rid of Varun Lavande and India lost half their side. Shamim was hard to get away as he gave away only eight runs in six overs, getting three wickets. Atharva Ankolekar and Jurel perished soon. With India looking like getting bowled out below 100, Karan Lal (37) took charge and helped his team to 106. Speedster Mrittunjoy Chowdhury also picked up two wickets.

Bangladesh prevails under extreme pressure

The Tigers didn’t have a great start. Akash Singh nipped out Tanzid Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Towhid Hridoy early. Vidyadhar Patil sent back Parvez Hossain Emon and all of a sudden Bangladesh found themselves at 16/4. Shahadat Hossain took up 30 balls for his three before spinner Ankolekar pinned him. Shamim played a forgettable stroke and gave spinner Ankolekar his second wicket.

Skipper Akbar Ali (23) and Mrittunjoy (21) didn’t throw in the towel and put on 27 for the seventh wicket. There was a rain delay after 19.2 overs and after the break, both Akbar and Mrittunjoy perished. With Bangladesh needing 29 runs, Tanzim Hasan Sakib (12) and Rakibul Hasan (11) soaked all the pressure. Nevertheless, Ankolekar removed Sakib and then Shahin Alam to end the contest.

Here is how Twitter lauded Dhruv Jurel and India on the performance

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