West Indies wins maiden U-19 World Cup

Keacy Carty and Keemo Paul put on 69 runs for the sixth wicket to guide West Indies home after the side was reduced to 77 for five in the 29th over.

Keacy Carty... architect of the West Indies' victory.   -  Getty Images

Alzarri Joseph (left) celebrates the wicket of Ishan Kishan (centre).   -  Getty Images

The Indian under-19 cricket team’s quest for an unprecedented fourth World Cup title ended in disaster today as the West Indies out-witted the Rahul Dravid-coached side by five wickets in a tense summit clash to clinch the coveted trophy for the first time since its inception.

Put in to bat by the Caribbeans on a green-top amid overcast conditions, the script went completely awry for the Indians, who were dismissed for 145 in 45.1 overs with Sarfaraz Khan’s 89-ball 51 being the only noteworthy contribution.

In reply, the West Indies made heavy weather of the chase in a slow-moving but thrilling match to overhaul the score in 49.3 overs.

The heroes for West Indies were Man of the Match Keacy Carty (52 not out off 125 balls) and Keemo Paul (40 not out off 68 balls) both of whom kept their cool in the high-pressure game to take the side home.

Chasing the modest target, the Caribbeans were not off to the best of starts as both their openers — Gifron Pope (3) and Tevin Imlach (15) — were dismissed with just 28 runs on the board.

Skipper Shimron Hetmyer (23) and Carty then put together a 39-run third-wicket stand to steady the rocking boat. However, left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar gave India the much-needed breakthrough when he got Hetmyer caught at long-on by Armaan Jaffer. Next man in was Shamar Springer, the West Indies’ most successful batsman of the tournament with 282 runs prior to today. But the right-hander could not make an impact today and struggled for nine deliveries before an attempted slog sweep had him caught by Jaffer, off Dagar again

While wickets were tumbling around him, Carty kept his cool to plough on even though the scoring rate was painfully slow. Proceedings livened up when Carty was joined by Paul. The 17-year-old Paul pushed hard for his singles and it was his six off Dagar which broke the shackles for West Indies after a lengthy stretch of dot balls. >Read: Paul's reaction after the triumph

The 69-run stand between Carty and Paul made all the difference in the end as the unbeaten Indians finally found their match in the summit clash. The Indian bowlers led by Dagar (three for 25) were saddled with the tough task of defending a paltry total and they did a decent job for most part of the match, but eventually it was not to be enough.

The Indian fielders were also guilty of spilling a few good chances, which could have tilted the match in their team’s favour. The Ishan Kishan-led Indians were looking to win their first World Cup since 2012. >Read: Ishan Kishan rues missed chances

Earlier, the Indian batsmen faltered when it mattered the most as the three-time champion was bowled out for 145. The same batsmen, who helped India stay unbeaten earlier in the competition, failed to apply themselves in the big game.

Sarfaraz was the lone exception as he saved India the embarrassment of being bowled out for a sub-100 total with a fifth 50-plus score in six innings, also making him the player to score most half centuries (7) in the history of the tournament.

While the Indian batting flattered to deceive, the West Indies bowlers did well to exploit the conditions. Alzarri Joseph (three for 39) ran through the top-order before Ryan John (three for 38) landed crucial blows for his team.

Chemar Holder kept things tight to maintain pressure on the Indian batsmen, conceding only 20 runs in 10 overs with the timely wicket of Mahipal Lomror.

India, aiming for an unprecedented fourth title, lost its top three batsmen for 27 runs, all falling to Joseph. Rishabh Pant was stumped in an unusual manner with the West Indian wicketkeeper

Tevin Imlach showing his presence of mind to fox the Indian opener, who was standing out of his crease while leaving an away going delivery.

Anmolpreet Singh, who scored a gritty fifty in the semifinals, edged a sharp one to the wicket-keeper. And, soon after, captain Ishan Kishan was gone too, ending his disappointing run in the tournament which just had a solitary fifty in six innings. He was out leg-before wicket to a ball that appeared to pitch outside leg-stump.

The fall of Armaan Jaffer made it 50 for five and after that began the innings-repair exercise by Sarfaraz and Lomror (19 off 43), who added 37 runs for the sixth wicket.

India badly needed another decent partnership to put up a respectable total but that did not happen as Sarfaraz kept running out of partners until he missed a cross-batted shot to be caught plumb in front, leaving his team at 120 for eight. His 89-ball effort comprised five fours and a six.

The tail did not contributed much but it was not expected to after an ordinary batting effort earlier in the innings.

The scores:

India Under-19: 145 in 45.1 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 51, R. John three for 38, A. Joseph three for 39) lost to West Indies Under-19: 146 for five in 49.3 overs ( K. Carty 52 not out, K. Paul 40 not out, M. Dagar three for 25).

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