On this day in 2016: West Indies U19 team beat India to win the World Cup

Exactly on this day six years ago, West Indies beat India in the final of the ICC U19 World Cup. The Caribbean outfit thrashed India by five wickets to win their maiden U19 World Cup title. Fast-bowlers Ryan John and Alzarri Joseph were the architects of the historic win for the West Indies, picking up three wickets each to help their team bowl out India for 145 in Dhaka.

In the second half of the match, Mayank Dagar’s efforts with the ball (3-25) gave India some hope of doing a 1983 World Cup encore when they had defended 183 but Keacy Carty and Keemo Paul quashed their slim hopes by sharing an unbeaten match-winning partnership of 69 runs. Carty scored an unbeaten 52 while Paul scored 40 as West Indies crossed the finishing line with three balls to spare.

Asked to bat first, India were off to a disastrous start as their in-form man Rishabh Pant was sent back by Joseph for just 1 in the very first over. Anmolpreet Singh was the next to go, departing for just 3 to leave India reeling at 8 for 2. Captain Ishan Kishan (4) and Washington Sundar (7) failed to touch the double-digit mark too as India found themselves reduced to 41 for 4.

9 runs later, Shamar Springer struck to send back Armaan Jaffer as he pushed India firmly on the backfoot. At that stage, it looked like the Boys in Blue might not even touch the 100-run mark before Sarfaraz Khan and Mahipal Lomror stopped the rot for a while. But just when it looked like they had their eyes set, Chemar Holder struck to dismiss Lomror for 19 and end the 37-run stand.

India kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually all out for 145. They managed to score 145 only because of Sarfaraz who scored 52 and shared crucial stands with the lower-order batsmen. In reply, West Indies were off to a mixed start. At 67 for 2, everything was looking under control for the West Indies when Shimron Hetmyer and Carty were batting before Dagar dismissed the former, Springer and Jyd Goolie in quick succession to leave the opposition reeling at 77 for 5. India, however, could not take any more wickets as Carty and Paul steadied the ship, took their time and eventually propelled their team over the line.