West Indies beat In­dia to win Un­der-19 World Cup

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Keacy Carty struck an un­beaten 52 as the West Indies de­feated three-time cham­pi­ons In­dia by five wick­ets on late Sun­day to clinch their first ICC Un­der-19 World Cup. Carty smashed his first fifty of the tour­na­ment to guide the West Indies to vic­tory in Dhaka with three balls to spare, af­ter In­dia were bowled out for just 145 in 45.1 overs.

West In­dian pace­men Alzarri Joseph and Ryan John grabbed three wick­ets each to re­strict the highly-fan­cied In­dian bats­man, af­ter the West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl.

Keemo Paul pro­vided cru­cial sup­port for Carty with an un­beaten 40 as the pair shared an un­bro­ken sixth-wicket stand of 69. The pair steered the West Indies home af­ter they were strug­gling on 77-5 at the Sher-e-Bangla Na­tional Sta­dium.

Left-arm spin­ner Mayank Da­gar had given favourites In­dia hope af­ter tak­ing 3-25 from his 10 overs to leave the West In­di­ans reel­ing, but Carty and Paul kept their cool to deny him any more break­throughs. All-rounder Paul, who had claimed 2-17 dur­ing his bowl­ing spell, hit just one four and one six in his 68-ball knock. West Indies cap­tain Shim­ron Het­myer praised his bowlers in par­tic­u­lar for top­pling the favourites.

"We weren't sup­posed to be cham­pi­ons but we came out on top.

The pac­ers used the pitch to their ad­van­tage, they stood out for us. Carty and Paul are ag­gres­sive play­ers, they made the ad­just­ment. They kept a calm head."

Fired-up pace­man Joseph grabbed three wick­ets in his open­ing spell and fin­ished with 339. In­dia's hard-hit­ting bats­man Rishabh Pant was stumped in the first over by wick­et­keeper Tevin Im­lach, leav­ing the In­di­ans, who were play­ing in their fifth fi­nal, un­set­tled early on.

Joseph, ar­guably the fastest bowler in the com­pe­ti­tion with de­liv­er­ies of more than 145 kph (90 mph), then forced an edge from An­mol­preet Singh with a vi­cious short ball, be­fore trap­ping skip­per Ishan Kis­han in front, to leave In­dia strug­gling on 27-3. Medium pacer John was the other stand­out for the West Indies, tak­ing 3-38. Kis­han blamed his side's poor catch­ing for their de­feat.

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