U19 World Cup: India eye record-extending 5th title against 1st-time finalists Bangladesh

U19 World Cup 2020: India, under Priyam Garg, will look to defend the crown when they take on in-form Bangladesh in a highly-anticipated all-Asian final on Sunday in Potchefstroom.

Ravi Bishnoi will be key to India's chances in the U19 World Cup final on Sunday (Getty Images)
Ravi Bishnoi will be key to India's chances in the U19 World Cup final on Sunday (Getty Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India have won the U19 World Cup most times - 4
  • Bangladesh have given stiff fights to India in their recent meetings
  • Bangladesh are looking to win their 1st-ever World Cup (any age group)
India U19 will bid to become only the 2nd team in history after Pakistan to defend the U19 World Cup title when they take on Bangladesh in the much-anticipated final on Sunday at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Defending champions India stormed into their 3rd successive final after thrashing Pakistan by 10 wickets at the same venue on February 4.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, reached their 1st-ever final after outclassing Bangladesh in the 2nd semi-final on February 6.
With the attention and the buzz, the U19 World Cup has been able to create over the years, Sunday's all-Asian final is expected to be a blockbuster.
Despite having only made their 1st U19 World Cup final, Bangladesh, under Akbar Ali, have played some consistent cricket in the recent past.
Having been quite a few exposure tours, the Bangladesh unit were equipped with the tools to shine at the U19 World Cup and they made it count.

Having been unbeaten throughout the tournament, Bangladesh are heading into the big final on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run. There were several fine performances that propelled the Asian side into their maiden U19 World Cup final.
On the other hand, Priyam Garg-led Indian side have been ruthless. After finishing the group stage unbeaten, India put on convincing performances against Australia and Pakistan in the knockouts to give themselves a chance to clinch a record-extending 5th title.
Road to U19 World Cup 2020 final
├Źndia
Group A
India (297/4) beat Sri Lanka (207) by 90 runs
India (42/0) beat Japan (41) by 10 wickets
India (115/0 23 overs) beat Japan (147 21 overs) by 44 runs via DLS method
Quarter-final: India (233/9) beat Australia (159) by 74 runs
Semi-final: India (176/0) beat Pakistan (172) by 10 wickets
Bangladesh

Group C
Bangladesh (132/1 in 11.2 overs) beat Zimbabwe (137/6 in 28.1 overs) by 9 wickets via DLS method
Bangladesh (91/3) beat Scotland (89) by 7 wickets
Bangladesh (106/9) no result vs Pakistan

Quarter-final: Bangladesh (261/5) beat South Africa (157) by 104 runs

Semi-final: Bangladesh (215/4) beat New Zealand (211/8) by 6 wickets

U19 World Cup 2020 - Players to watch out for
Yashasvi Jaiswal: The Mumbai teenager was earmarked to succeed at the U19 World Cup and he has done exactly that. With a rags-to-riches story that is winning hearts across the globe, Jaiswal has done his reputation a lot of good with some fine performances at the top of the order for India.
He has scored 312 runs from 5 matches that includes the unbeaten hundred against Pakistan in the semi-final and a match-winning 62 against Australia in the quarter-final.
Kartik Tyagi: Raw pace and toe-crushing yorkers. The lank fast bowler has been Priyam Garg's wrecker-in-chief with the new ball in this tournament. With 11 wickets from 5 matches, Tyagi has been among the most impressive cricketers in this edition.
Ravi Bishnoi: The leg-spinner from India bowls with the precision of a seasoned cricketer and gets his wrong'uns to trouble opposition batsmen. With 13 wickets from 5 matches, Bishnoi has been key to India's success at U19 World Cup 2020.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy: Bangladesh's leading run-scorer in this edition, has grown with confidence as the tournament progressed. The right-hander hit a hundred to help his team knock New Zealand out in the semi-final.
Tanzid Hasan: Left-handed opener Tanzid has chipped in with consistent performances for Bangladesh. His 80 against South Africa in the quarter-finals and 32 against Zimbabwe in the group stages showed he on the right way to the big stage.
Rakibul Hasan: Rakibul has been Bangladesh's biggest match-winner in the tournament so far. The left-arm spinner, known for his accuracy and control, has taken 11 wickets in 5 matches. Expect him to play a big part in the final on Sunday.
Close encounters: India vs Bangladesh recent meetings
If their recent matches are anything to go by, expect a nail-biter on Sunday.
India clinched a 2-run win over Bangladesh in the semi-final of U19 Asia Cup in 2019. In the final of U19 Asia Cup in 2019, India managed to cling onto the title after beating Bangladesh by 5 runs in a low-scoring thriller.
Squads: U19 World Cup final 2020
India U19: Priyam Garg (c), Dhruv Jurel (vc, wk), Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Shubhang Hegde, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kumar Kushagra (wk), Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil, Shashwat Rawat, Divyaansh Saxena, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Tilak Varma, Siddhesh Veer.
Bangladesh U19: Akbar Ali (c), Towhid Hridoy (vc), Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Avishek Das, Parvez Hossain Emon, Meherob Hasan, Rakibul Hasan, Tanzid Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Shahadat Hossain, Shamim Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Murad, Prantik Nawrose Nabil, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Mohammad Shahin.

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