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U19 World Cup finals live: Sindhu, Bawa shine as India crowned champions

With the required runs in single digit, Bana decided to finish it in style and hit two consecutive sixes to take the team home to its 5th World title.

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

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India won the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2022 final against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, West Indies.

Chasing a target of 190, Raj Angad Bawa and Nishnat Sindhu put up a match winning stand of 67 runs in only 86 balls to power the team to it's fifth World title, the most by any country. The match got tensed in the last phase as India lost two quick wickets in the form of Bawa and Kaushal Tambe, still needing 14 off 22 balls. 

It was then that Dinesh Bana came in. With 12 needed off the last 18 balls, England captain Tom Prest gave the ball to David Sales and he started off with a wayward delivery which was played down the leg for a four by Sindhu. On the next ball the left hander played a single and reached his first fifty of the tournament. Sindhu top scored for India with 50* in this game alongside vice captain Shaik Rasheed, who also scored 50. 

With the required runs in single digit, Bana decided to finish it in style and hit two consecutive sixes to take the team home. 
 
In the chase, India were given a double blow as they lost both it's captain and vice captain in Yash Dhull and Shaik Rasheed. The duo was going well with a 46 run stand between them before the latter departed after completing his second consecutive fifty in the tournament. Dhull too dperted an over after, leaving India struggling at 97-4 with 92 runs more required from 21 overs and six wickets in hand.

It was then that Nishant Sindhu and Raj Angad Bawa joined hands in the middle. Bawa, who took five wickets and also scored crucial 35 runs with the bat, was adjudged Player of the Match for his all-round efforts. 
 
At the start of the chase, the boys in blue lost thier highest run scorer of the tournament Angksrish Raghuvanshi in the very first over without any score on the baord. However, post that wicket, Shaik Rasheed, the Indian vice-captain and Harnoor Singh added 49 for the second wicket in 103 balls to get the team back on the path to chase down the total. 

Earlier in the day, the Indian team performed exceedingly well, bowling out England for 189 and setting up a target of 190 runs to win the match and lift it's record fifth World Cup. 

Bawa's five wicket haul

Raj Angad Bawa shone for the Indian side as he picked up a five wicket haul in the U19 World Cup Final to not only eatch his name in the record books, but also rattle the English batting lineup. He picked up the last wicket to complete his five wicket haul after being stuck on four wickets for quite a while as England batters James Rew and David Sales stuck together a frustrating stand. 

The 87 run stand between Rew and tailender Sales provided England some stability and was threatening to take the game away from India before Ravi Kumar struck twice in the 44th over to break the partnership and most importantly remove the dangerman Rew. Rew, who fell short of a hundred, getting out agonisingly on 95, had taken England fropm 96-7 to 184-7, before the team was eventually bowled out for 189.

Earlier, India pacers were on fire as Raj Angad Bawa struck twice in an over and brought the England Under 19 to it's knees. They were reduced to 48-5 at the end of the 14th over. Bawa then went on to remove Rehan Ahmed as his fourth wicket. 

After being asked to field, India went off to a great start as pacer Ravi Kumar struck twice in his first two overs to remove England's best batters thus far in the tournament-Jacob Bethell and Tom Prest. Kumar eventually ended up with four wickets to his kitty. 

England captain Tom Prest won the toss and decided to bat first. Both the teams remained unchanged from thier semi-final encounters.  

While the India U19 team will be looking to win a record fifth title, the most by any team in the history of the 26-year-old tournament, the England U19 team will be looking to make the most of their first-ever final appearance ever since their maiden triumph in 1998. 

India U19 Playing XI

Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Harnoor Singh, Shaik Rasheed, Yash Dhull (c), Nishant Sindhu, Raj Bawa, Kaushal Tambe, Dinesh Bana (wk), Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Vicky Ostwal, Ravi Kumar

England U19 Playing XI

George Thomas, Jacob Bethell, Tom Prest (c), James Rew, William Luxton, George Bell, Rehan Ahmed, Alex Horton (wk), James Sales, Thomas Aspinwall, Joshua Boyden

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