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OTD| Bangladesh won their first major title by beating India in the drama-filled U-19 World Cup final in 2020

OTD| Bangladesh won their first major title by beating India in the drama-filled U-19 World Cup final in 2020

On this day in 2020, Bangladesh cricket came of age. The Bangla Tigers achieved arguably their biggest milestone when they won the 2020 Under-19 World Cup on this day defeating the 4-time champions India in a gripping final. The young guns passed the ultimate test with flying colours giving Bangladesh cricket the identity of a champion. 

Low-scoring summit clash

The Bangladesh skipper, Akbar Ali, won the toss for his team and invited the defending champions to bat first. India started the first innings on a rocky note as the opener Divyaansh Saxena was dismissed with just a couple of runs in his account. However, the leading run-scorer of the tournament Yashasvi Jaiswal built a crucial partnership with Tilak Varma to neutralize the initial advantage to the opposition. 

The duo added around 100 runs to stabilize the first innings but after Tilak’s departure, Bangladesh made a roaring comeback in the contest. The Indian team could never gain momentum again and the wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Eventually, the side batting first could only manage to post 177 runs on the board which was an underwhelming score considering the situation that they were in at one point. 

Glory for Bangladesh

The first-time finalists started the run chase with a solid 50-run opening partnership in the powerplay. However, the tables turned quickly and India put the chasing side under immense pressure with quick breakthroughs. After a formidable start, Bangladesh unfortunately got reduced to 5/85 which made the run chase a humongous task. But the skipper stood up and performed his job to rescue the side from a crisis. Akbar Ali stayed unbeaten to play a gritty knock of 43 runs off 77 deliveries. There was not much assistance from the other end but the lower-order batters hung in with the captain who led the side across the finishing line. In the end, Bangladesh chased down the target and won the historic match by 3 wickets to clinch their first-ever Under-19 World Cup.

 

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