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As it happened: India vs West Indies U-19 World Cup Final

As it happened: India vs West Indies U-19 World Cup Final

Despite Sarfaraz's fourth fifty of the event, India fell apart for just 146 but the bowlers made a match of it before WI clinched the ICC U-19 World Cup in the final over with a five-wicket win, at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

3.49 PM: Paul takes a single and the West Indies win the ICC U-19 World Cup by five wickets with three balls to spare. West Indies 146 for five in 49.3 overs. Keacy Karty (52 not out off 125) and Keemo Paul (40 not out off 68)

3.46 PM: West Indies need 3 runs in 6 balls. West Indies 143 for 5 after 49 overs. Paul 38 off 66, Carty 51 off 117

3.43 PM: FIFTY UP! Carty completes his 50 off 122 balls. That's precisely 50 runs in little above 20 overs. A slow but a much-needed innings for the West Indies.

3.40 PM: West Indies need 9 runs off 12 balls with Paul 35 off 63 batting and Karty batting at 49 off 114. West Indies 137 for 5 in 48 overs. Lomror comes to bowl the last over.

3.34 PM: West Indies need 14 runs off 18 balls with Keemo Paul and Keacy Karty at crease. West Indies 132 for 5 in 47 overs.

3.30 PM: 50 PARTNERSHIP UP! Keemo Paul and Keacy Karty complete 50 runs partnership for sixth wicket. However, it came off 102 balls.

WHAT A OVER! Brilliant 45th over by Mahipal Lomror as he gives just one run off it. Pressure is mounting on the West Indies as they now need 24 in 30 balls. West Indies 122 for 5 after 45 overs.

3.18 PM: Mayank Dagar has a memorable campaign in the World Cup final as he takes three wickets for just 25 runs in 10 overs. Now it will be interesting to see whether his contribution takes India to title win.

3.15 PM: West Indies need 34 runs off 50 balls. They need to score some quick runs or else they can buckle under pressure.

3.11 PM: SIX! Keemo Paul hits first six for West Indies. He launches Dagar's delivery straight down the ground for the maximum.

3.08 PM: Two consecutive maiden overs. West Indies 102 for 5 after 40 overs. They have scored just 5 runs in last 5 overs.

3.00 PM: 100 UP! Keemo Paul takes a single and West Indies finally complete their 100 runs. It came in 37.2 overs at the loss of five wickets.

2:58 PM: West Indies 99 for 5 after 37 overs. India were 117 for 7 at that stage.

2:54 PM: West Indies need 48 runs in 84 balls. West Indies 98 for 5, Carty 34 (77), Paul 12 (28)

2:49 PM: West Indies have scored only six runs in last three overs.

2:44 PM: West Indies need 51 runs in 100 balls with five wickets in hand.

2:31 PM: West Indies are 80 for 5 after 30 overs. They need 66 runs to win in 20 overs.

2:27 PM: WICKET! Dagar on a roll as he takes his third wicket. Dagar to Jyd Goolie. Goolie comes forward to drive the ball but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, hits it in the air and is caught and bowled by the bowler himself. West Indies 77 for 45 after 29 overs.

2:22 PM WICKET! India are again back in the match as Dagar takes his second wicket. Dagar to Springer. Dagar tosses it up outside off-stump. Springer plays an ugly sweep, gets a thick edge and is caught by Armaan Jaffer at long-off. West Indies 73 for 4 after 27 overs.

2:15 PM West Indies 71 for 3 in 26 overs.

2:10 PM Mayank Dagar to Hetmyer, India get the much-needed breakthrough as the West indies skipper is out. Ball tossed up on the middle, Hetmyer loses patience and comes down the track, hits the shot and the ball goes in the hands of Jaffer at long-on.

After 20 overs, West Indies are 58 for 2. Hetmyer 10 (29), Carty 17 (38)

West Indies 53 for 2 in 18 overs. India were 51 for 5 at the same stage.

FIFTY UP! Carty hits a boundary off Batham and West Indies complete their 50 runs for the loss of two wickets in 16.5 overs.

After Avesh and Khaleel's brilliant opening spells, India U-19 skipper Ishan Kishan is using the combination of medium pacer Rahul Batham and right-arm off-break Washington Sundar. Bot the new bowlers are successful in stopping West Indians from scoring runs at a good speed.

FOUR! West Indies have their first boundary after nearly 7 overs. Carty hits a four through point off Rahul Batham. West Indies 42/2 after 15 overs

West Indies 36 for 2 after 14 overs. Hetmyer (14 off 28), Carty (2 off 23)

Indian pacers Avesh Khan and Khaleel Ahmed too restrict the West Indies batsmen to quite a great deal as they give just 29 runs and take two wickets in 10 overs. Avesh bowls five overs, one maiden, 12 runs, one wicket, while Khaleel bowls five overs, one maiden, 17 runs, one wicket.

WICKET! The dangerous-looking Tevin Imlach is out. Khaleel takes his first wicket. Imlach misjudges the ball which lobbed up. The ball takes upper edge and a running Mahipal Lomror dives to catch the ball at cover. Imlach 15 off 20 balls. West Indies 28 for 2 in 7.3 overs.

Interesting that India and the West Indies have same score - 27 - after 7 overs. Windies have advantage as they have lost just one wicket while India were three down by that time.

BIG SHOUT! 6.2 overs. Avesh to Hetmyer. Big appeal for LBW but the ball hits pad outside leg stump and the umpirem gives not out.

India won the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia under Virat Kohli's captaincy, defending a paltry 159 against South Africa.

FOUR! West Indies get their first boundary in sixth. Imlach hits his first 4 off Khaleel.

West Indies 12 for 1 in 5 overs.

Though it sounds odd, India can learn lesson from their own defeat in the 2006 U-19 World Cup final. They bowled out Pakistan for a paltry 109 in 41.1 overs, but the neighbour country bowled out Indian team for 71 runs in 18.5 overs to win the title clash by 38 in Colombo. By that standard India, with 145 runs, still have a better total to defend.

WICKET! Gidron Pope is out for 3 off 13 balls. Khaleel Ahmed catches him at third man. West Indies 5 for 1 in 3 overs.

Khaleel Ahmed gives just three runs in his first over. West Indies 5/0 in 2 overs.

Avesh starts off on quite a positive note as he gives just two runs in the first over. Avesh is also the highest wicket-taker for India in this tournament. He has taken five wickets in six matches.

West Indies' Gidron Pope and Tevin Imlach open the bat. Avesh Khan opens bowling for India with a no-ball.

West Indies senior team won two inaugural editions of the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, but the moment never came for their U-19 team. Sunday is their moment when they can beat India and script a chapter in their country's cricket history.

WICKET! Rahul Batham is the last man to go and India are all out for 145 in 45.1 overs. Batham is caught behind off Keemo Paul. He scores 21 runs off 31 balls.

TWO CONSECUTIVE 4S: This is the first time in this match when Indians have hit two consecutive boundaries. Rahul Batham hits two 4s off Springer. India 145 for 9 in 45 overs. Rahul Batham 21 (30), Khaleel Ahmed 2 (12)

India 133 for nine after 43 overs. Khaleel Ahmad 2 (8), Rahul Batham 12 (24)

WICKET! India lose their ninth wicket in Avesh Khan on the last ball of the 39th over. A fulltoss by Keemo Paul, Avesh stretches forward and flicks it. Ryan John flies at the mid wicket and catches it. India 123 for 9 in 40 overs.

There is no doubt that West Indies' pacers ruled the roost since the beginning of the final match today. Alzarri Joseph, Chemar Holder and Ryan John were economical in their 10 overs each and took important wickets also. Joseph took three for 39, Holder one for 20 and John three for 38 in Mirpur on Sunday.

Sarfaraz Khan ends his campaign at the U-19 World Cup with 355 runs in six matches with an average of 71.00 and strike rate of 86.79. He is the second highest run-getter in the tournament after England's Jack Burnham who amassed 420 runs in six matches.

WICKET! Sarfaraz is lbw out for 51 runs off 89 balls. Length ball, Sarfaraz plays across the line and misses it. Unceremonious departure to the batsman who had played fiery innings in the tournament. India 120 for 8 in 38.1 overs

WICKET! Another jitter for India as Dagar is out for just 8 off 20 balls. India 116 for 7 in 36.2 overs. He is caught at backward point by Keacy Karty off Ryan John.

FIFTY UP! This is probably the only bright spot for India in today's final. Sarfaraz plays up to his reputation and completes fifth 50 in the tournament. He takes a single on the first ball of 36th over to complete it in 83 balls.

India 114 for 6 after 35 overs. Sarfaraz 49 (82), Mayank Dagar 7 (16)

SIX! The first maximum comes here. It comes through Sarfaraz's bat who shoots Ryan John's slower delivery to long-on.

100 UP! New-man Mayank Dagar hits a beautiful square cut boundary as India complete their 100 runs. These come in 32.4 overs.

WICKET! A slow but steady stand between Sarfaraz and Lomror comes to an end. Lomror is out after his thin edge outside off stump is caught by wicketkeeper Imlach off Holder. Lomror 19 (43). India 87 for six after 30 overs.

Second highest run-getter: Sarfaraz is now the second highest run-scorer in this tournament. He has amassed more than 330 runs and is still at crease in the final. The only cricketer who has socerd more runs than him in this tournament is England's Jack Burnham. He scored 420 runs in six matches with three 100s. Sarfaraz, who is also playing his sixth match on Sunday, has scored four 50s.

Sarfaraz Khan 25 (51) and Mahipal 16 (30) Lomror are helping India stage a slow but steady recovery, but they have a long way to go as even after 25 overs the team is at 79 for five. A wicket here can completely derail India's campaign. They need to stay patient, take singles and doubles whenever possible and guide India to a respectable score.

India are 72 for five after 24 overs.

The grass on the pitch was the main factor why West Indies opted bowling despite winning the toss. Their choice worked well in their favour as pacers kept Indians under check from the beginning itself. All 20 overs that have been bowled today are done by pacers. Alzarri Joseph (6), Chemar Holder (8), Ryan John (4) and Shamar Springer 2. India score just 56 for 5 in 20 overs. The 20th over, bowled by Springer, was in fact a maiden one.

WICKET! Indians are completely off guard. They have completed 50 runs in 17th over, but just two deliveries later, they lose their fifth wicket. Shamar Springer's ball is outside off, Armaan Jaffer leans to drive, but hits it straight in extra cover. India 50 for 5 in 17.1 overs.

WICKET! Sundar's slow and seemingly frustrated innings comes to an end. Ryan John gets his first wicket. His ball pitches outside off stump. Sundar wants to drive it, but gives an easy catch to Joseph. This time Joseph doesn't take the wicket but he has hand in another dismissal. India 41/4 in 14.5 overs. Sundar 7 (41)

Chemar to Sarfaraz (13.4 overs). Big shout for a caught behind but umpires turns down the appeal. Short and in-swinger ball, Sarfaraz makes a late call to get his bat out. Appeal for caught behind, but the ball is away from the bat.

Medium pacer Ryan John is the first change in bowling after Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder bowl six overs each. He gives just four runs in his first over. India 40/3 after 13 overs. Sarfaraz 12 (22), Sundar 6 (35)

India 34 for 3 after 10 overs. Washington 6 (27), Sarfaraz 6 (12). Quite a slow start by Indian batsmen as they collected runs with just 3.4 run per over. West Indies, on the other hand, are boosted after early success as their fielders are looking more energetic and are blocking their rivals' most of the shots.

FOUR! Excellent shot by Sarfaraz off Joseph in the ninth over. A delivery outside off stump. Sarfaraz leans forward and drives it between cover and mid-off. India 32/3 after nine overs.

WICKET! Poor shot selection by Ishan and he is out. Without watching the line of Joseph's ball properly, skipper plays across and the line and misses the shot. The ball hits his pad and finds him in front of wicket. India 27/3 in 6.1 overs. Hopes are now pined on Sundar and new-man Sarfaraz Khan.Joseph is on a roll as it is his third wicket.

After five overs, India are 22 for two, Ishan Kishan 3 (8), Washington 6 (11)

FOUR! India got their second boundary in fourth over. However, it came through leg byes. Chemar Holder's delivery drifts in, hits Ishan's pad and rolls away past the keeper for four

WICKET! There couldn't have been a poorer start to India's World Cup final campaign. Anmolpreet Singh, the hero of the semi-final, is the second dismissal. He is completely beaten by the bounce of Joseph's first ball of the second over. An outside edge goes in the hands of wicketkeeper Imlach. India 8/2 in 2.1 overs. Anmolpreet scores just three. Washington Sundar is the new man.

WICKET! Unbelievable. Pant is stumped. He leaves the ball off Joseph Alzarri and wicketkeeper Tevlin Imlach is too quick to catch the ball and throw it on stumps. Pant is out of crease. Big appeal for stump, and what's this? Pant is out. First Indian wicket falls. India 3/1 off 0.4 balls

The players are on the ground. Skipper Ishan Kishan and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant open the bat for India.

Winning streak: India has had a rousing campaign in the World Cup so far as they won all their matches. It will be interesting to see whether they finish their campaign with the title win or not.

Toss: West Indies won the toss and opted to field.

Brief Preview: A seemingly invincible India are primed to win an unprecedented fourth ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup when they take on a wily West Indies in the final in Mirpur on Sunday.

India breezed into their fifth final under the precious guidance of coach Rahul Dravid, steamrolling their opponents in the three league games as well as in the knock-outs.

If they win on Sunday, India will surpass Australia for the most number of titles in the U-19 showpiece event introduced way back in 1988. The sub-continent team last lifted the trophy in 2012 after winning it in 2008 and 2000.

The Indians seem unstoppable but they can't afford to take it easy against the West Indians, who have upped their game as the tournament progressed. The boys from Caribbean finished second in their group before earning plaudits with a spirited showing against Pakistan and Bangladesh in the quarters and semifinals respectively.