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U-19 WC: Ravi Kumar steers India into semifinals

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Left-arm seamer Ravi Kumar bowled a sensational opening spell as India beat defending champion Bangladesh to enter the semifinals of ICC U-19 World Cup at Coolidge, Antigua, on Saturday.

The five-wicket win was India’s seventh win out of 9 U-19 World Cup quarterfinals.

India will meet Australia within the semifinal on February 2.

Ravi, son of a CRPF personnel and born in Uttar Pradesh, ended with wonderful figures of 7-1-14-3 on a cheesy pitch as Bangladesh was all out for 111 in 37.1 overs. Bangladesh was 56 for 7 at one stage earlier than S. M. Mehrob (30) and Ashiqur Zaman (16) added 50 for the eighth wicket to take the staff previous the 100-run mark.

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India chased down the goal in 30.5 overs with opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi top-scoring with 44. Captain Yash Dhull scored a chiselled 20 n.o. and his deputy Shaik Rasheed scored 26.

The victory was much more satisfying contemplating the children got here again with none coaching submit restoration from COVID-19, and it avenged India’s loss within the U-19 World Cup last in February, 2020. For the present batch, this win was additionally obligatory after it was overwhelmed twice by Bangladesh final yr throughout a four-nation meet in Kolkata.

India received the toss and Ravi made full use of the moisture within the pitch, as preliminary motion helped the staff’s trigger.

Ravi, who has the pure capacity to carry the ball again into right-handers, dismissed Mahfijul Islam (2) to an inswinger within the second over. Islam’s opening companion, the left-handed Iftakher Hossain, quickly departed, achieved in by the slowness of the monitor as he tried to sq. reduce and was held at level by vice-captain Shaikh Rasheed.

No. 3 Prantik Nawrose (7) was not snug throughout his keep on the crease and he fell to a supply that swung away from him, caught within the slips.

Struggling at 14 for 3 within the eighth over, Bangladesh tumbled additional as wickets fell at frequent intervals.

Left-arm spinner Vicky Ostwal (9-1-25-2) was constant along with his flight and dip, however the wrecker-in-chief was Ravi, who till just a few months in the past was one other outstation cricketer plying his commerce in Kolkata membership cricket. The 18-year-old had his share of twists and turns earlier than he turned the tempo spearhead for India colts within the match.

Temporary scores

  • Bangladesh 111 in 37.1 overs (Ravi Kumar 3 for 14) misplaced to India 117 for five in 30.5 overs (Mondol 4 for 31)
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