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2022 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Final – India U19 vs England U19 Highlights

While it has not often translated into success in senior-level cricket, India have always been the dominant force in age-level versions of the game. On Saturday, 5th February, Yash Dhull’s India U19 team defeated Tom Prest’s England U19 to clinch their fifth ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title, after triumphs in 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018.

Having won the toss, Prest opted to bat first at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. The Young Lions were bowled out for only 189, with the pace duo of Ravi Kumar and Raj Bawa picking up a combined 9 wickets.

In the run chase, India had a few wobbles here and there, but it was mostly a comfortable ride. Shaikh Rasheed and Nishant Sindhu scored fifties, while Bawa and Harnoon Singh’s crucial contributions ensured that the boys in blue chased the total down with ease.

Let us have a look at an in-depth analysis of all the major talking points from the game:

 

BAWA, KUMAR RATTLES THE YOUNG LIONS WITH PACE AND MOVEMENT

One usually expects an Indian bowling contingent, irrespective of the competition, to be dominated by spinners. Yet, in this match, England’s Achilles’ heel was something they have grown up having for breakfast – pace and seam movement.

It rained in Antigua a day before the match, and quite expectedly, movement was on offer for the pacers. Getting favourable conditions is all about luck, but utilizing the condition to the maximum extent is an art that Ravi Kumar and Raj Bawa have mastered.

Kumar trapped Jacob Bethell leg before wicket in the second over, while in his next over, he bowled the opposition’s charismatic leader, Tom Prest. Bawa joined the party in the 11th over when he dismissed George Thomas and then came back to get the better of Will Luxton and George Bell in his next over.

The onslaught, however, did not stop there. Bawa got his fourth scalp in the form of Rehan Ahmed in the 17th over, while Kaushal Tambe then joined the party and dismissed Alex Horton, as England found themselves struggling at 91/7.

 

JAMES REW LEADS ENGLAND FIGHTBACK, JAMES SALES COMPLIMENTS HIS FIGHT

The match would not have been half as exciting as it was, if it was not for James Rew’s stern resilience. At 91/7, it seemed as if England will need a miracle to cross the 120-run mark, with Rew being the only recognized batter still at the crease.

The London-born teenager played one of the most remarkable knocks of his career, scoring 95 runs from 116 deliveries. That being said, Rew could not have done it all by himself had he not been supported by James Sales from the other end. Sales scored 34 runs, as England crossed the 150-run mark.

 

KUMAR-BAWA DUO AT IT, AGAIN

From 91/7, Rew and Sales’ partnership took the three lions’ score to 184/7 and at that stage, with over six overs to spare, it seemed certain that they will score over 200 runs. However, the Kumar-Bawa pairing came to India’s rescue once again. In the 44th over of the game, Kumar dismissed both Rew and new batter Thomas Aspinwall, while in the next over, Bawa got the wicket of number 11 batter Joshua Boyden to wrap up England’s inning at 189.

 

HARNOOR, RASHEED STEADIES INDIA’S SHIP AFTER RAGHUVANSHI’S PREMATURE DEPARTURE

A target of 190 looked very achievable, but India needed to have a solid start with no early wickets. That, however, was not to be, as Boyden dismissed the in-form opening batter Angkrish Raghuvanshi in only the second ball of the inning.

Another wicket in quick succession could easily have meant curtains for the boys in blue, but Harnoon Singh and Shaikh Rasheed prevented such an occurrence by stabilizing the inning. Singh scored 21 runs, while Rasheed accumulated 50 runs from 84 deliveries.

 

SALES BRINGS ENGLAND BACK IN THE HUNT, BUT SINDHU AND BAWA SEALS INDIA’S VICTORY

India were not trudging, but cruising towards the victory line at 95/2, and Prest was in dire need of an inspirational spell. Sales, who had already made a vital contribution with the bat, emerged as England’s saviour once again.

He got the better of Rasheed in the 27th over of the inning, while in his very next over, he sent the Indian skipper Yash Dhull back to the pavilion. From a position of ascendency, India found themselves caught in a precarious fix at 97/4, with around 21 overs to spare.

However, before England could strike again, Nishant Sindhu and Raj Bawa got India back in the driver’s seat, courtesy of two fantastic knocks. Sindhu scored 50 runs from 54 deliveries, while in the same number of balls, Bawa played a calculated knock of 35 runs. Though Boyden eventually got his wicket in the 43rd over, it was already too late as wicketkeeper’s Dinesh Bana’s fiery knock of unbeaten 13 runs from five deliveries helped India seal their fifth U19 World Cup title.

 

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