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.
Updated - Sep 14, 2019 4:20 pm
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.
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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India U19 beat Ban U19 in the U19 Asia Cup final today by 5 runs, defending their first innings total of 106.#U19AsiaCup
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) September 14, 2019
7th U19 Asia Cup title for India. Second in a row! #U19AsiaCup
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) September 14, 2019
Cant express the happiness at the moment. Boys you have made the whole India proud by defending a mere total of 106. What a bowling effort. Akash and Vidyadhar providing the start we needed. Atharva finishing it well. Karan with those imp runs at the end. pic.twitter.com/YbYzh8ep6D
— Drop Catches Bully (@VishalY44691113) September 14, 2019
— Jonathan Vaz (@JonathanVaz69) September 14, 2019
Congratulations to umpire for winning this Asia cup along with India!#U19AsiaCup
— Sumaiya Hossain Lia (@Lovemymessi) September 14, 2019
'Somehow' all went in favor of @BCCI U19 team. Hmm…Congrats #India!@ACCMedia1 @ESPNcricinfo @SkyCricket @BCBtigers @cricbuzz @Cricketracker @cricketworldcup @ICC #U19AsiaCup #AsiaCupU19 #banu19vindu19 #indu19vbanu19 #Bangladesh #BangladeshCricket
— Junaed Kabir (@xunaed) September 14, 2019
— Anurag Sinha (@anuragsinha1992) September 14, 2019
— Deep (@dvdeepkumar) September 14, 2019
Current Asian Cricket Championships
— বাংলার ছেলে 🇧🇩 (@iSoumikSaheb) September 14, 2019
— mojo🇮🇳 (@dundee_24) September 14, 2019
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) September 14, 2019
India U19 won by 5 runs in a tight match against Bangladesh to lift the U19 Asia Cup title. #U19AsiaCup
— Biraj Lahkar (@birajlahkar) September 14, 2019
— 🅘 🅦🅐🅢 🅣🅐🅡🅩🅐🅝 🇮🇳❤❤🇮🇳 (@iwastarzan) September 14, 2019
#Afghanistan is the only other team which has own #U19AsiaCup alongside India ( Emerge as sole winner of #AsiaCupU19 , #afgu19 won it in 2017 & Pak once shared it with India earlier )
Undisputed Champs #IndU19#U19AsiaCup #AsiaCupU19 #indu19vbanu19 #IndU19
— Karthik Rao (@KarthikRao_RK) September 14, 2019