West Indies set up U-19 WC final against India

New Age Online

West Indies recorded a hard-fought three- wicket win over hosts Bangladesh to set up a final against India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dhaka on Thursday.
All-rounder Shamar Springer orchestrated the win with an unbeaten 62 off 88 balls and 2-36 as the young Caribbean side reached 227-7 in 48.4 overs after restricting Bangladesh to 226-9 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
The final will be held at the same venue on February 14.
Skipper Shimron Hetmyer also played a big part in crucial chase with 60 off 59 balls.
Bangladesh skipper Mehedi Hasan won the toss and opted to bat but soon found themselves in trouble by losing first five wickets for 113 runs.
Mehedi made 60 off 74 balls and shared 85-run with Mohammad Saifuddin (36) for the sixth wicket to give the innings some respectability.
Pacer Keemo Paul (3-20) dismissed Mehedi and Saifuddin off the successive balls to deny Bangladesh any chance of getting a bigger total.
West Indies made a quick start in pursuit of modest target thanks to Gidron Pope’s 38 off 25 balls but Mehedi brought Bangladesh back into the contest with two wickets.
Hetmyer kept West Indies on track with his second fifty in as many matches before he was removed by Saifuddin.
Left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed claimed 3-37 to give Bangladesh a glimmer of hope but Springer, who was benefitted from a drop catch of Saifuddin on 15, kept his cool to complete the win.
India defeated Sri Lanka by 97 runs in the first semi-final.
Brief scores: Bangladesh Under-19s 226-9 in 50 overs ( Mehedi Hasan 60, Mohammad Saifuddin 36; Keemo Paul 3-20) and West Indies Under-19s 227-7 in 48.4 overs (Shamar Springer 62 not out, Shimron Hetmyer 60; Saleh Ahmed 3-37)

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