As expected, the 2020 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup final between defending champions India and Bangladesh at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom on Sunday turned out to be an intense clash. (More Cricket News)
During the Indian innings, Bangladesh pacer Tanzim Hasnan Sakib directed a throw at opener Divyansh Saxena, leaving the batsmen infuriated. As things got heated, umpires were forced to have a word with the players.
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India's batting wilted under pressure as a superb Bangladesh bowling attack shot the four-time champions out for a paltry 177 in 47.2 overs.
Yasashvi Jaiswal (88 off 121 balls) was once again a standout performer but not for once did he look like dominating the Bangladesh bowling unit whose new ball bowlers Shoriful Islam (2/31 in 10 overs) and Shakib (2/28 in 8.2 overs) literally stifled the Indians for runs.
The third seamer Avishek Das (3/40 in 9 overs) was the most successful bowler in terms of figures but it was Shoriful's first spell with channelised aggression that put the Indians on the back-foot from the onset.
Shoriful and Shakib were not afraid of sledging the Indian batsmen as they bowled full and got the ball to swing away from the left-handers. The fielding was also agile and top-notched, making it difficult throughout the Indian innings.
Once Jaiswal was out, the distinct lack of match-time for other Indian batsmen was evident with skipper Priyam Garg (7) showing rustiness.