Bangladesh won their first-ever ICC event after the young guns toppled the defending champions in a highly riveting final. This is India’s second loss in the finals of the competition across the last three editions.
Electing to chase first in the final at the Senwes Park, Bangladesh kept the in-form Indian openers on their toes as they started the proceedings with caution. Pacer Avishek Das drew first blood with the dismissal of Divyansh Saxena.
The dismissal brought in Tilak Varma at No.3, who along with fellow left-handed batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal began he building of the innings on a tricky surface. The pair fell 6 runs short off their 100-run stand as Varma departed for 38. Skipper Priyam Garg’s stint at the crease came to an early end with a soft dismissal.
The leading run-scorer of the tournament was left stranded at one end as the wickets kept on tumbling. Jaiswal was eventually dismissed for 88 as India folded out for just 177 with more than 2 overs to spare courtesy of accurate bowling and electric fielding out in the middle.
The Bangladesh opening pair got the team off to a tremendous start as the Indian pace attack felt the effect of pressure early on. Kartik Tyagi and Sushant Mishra were far from their best as the game started to slip away.
A wild swerve was presented with the introduction of Ravi Bishnoi into the attack, the leg-spinner had the batsmen in all sorts of trouble with his variations. Bishnoi’s potent spell saw the dismissal of the first four wickets with opener Emon already in the pavilion after being retired hurt.
Bowling changes and a few quiet overs helped the young Men In Blue crawl back into the game which was evenly poised at one stage with 75 needed and 4 wickets remaining. The re-introduction of Emon and the collected composure of skipper Akbar Ali brought the Tigers closer to the elusive title.
Part-timer Jaiswal was able to snap the wicket of the opener, but it turned out to be too little and too late as even the rain gods showered mercy on Bangladesh to shorted their target.
From there on, the result was inevitable and it did not take the side to chase down the remaining runs and script history.