First-time finalists Bangladesh will attempt to deny neighbours and cricketing giants India a file-extending fifth Under-19 World Cup title in Sunday’s championship match in Potchefstroom.
Bangladesh are a win away from captain Akbar Ali’s daring pre-match prediction that they might elevate the trophy, however standing between them and glory is a formidable India aspect that blew away arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in the semi-finals.
Defending champions India have received 11 consecutive matches on the age-stage competitors since their defeat towards West Indies in the final of the 2016 version.
In opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal, India boast the match’s main runscorer. The attacking left-hander has compiled 312 runs at an astonishing common of 156 — having been dismissed simply twice in 5 innings.
His century towards Pakistan, achieved with a match-clinching six, powered India right into a seventh final, and captain Priyam Garg urged his group to stay to what has proved a profitable method.
“I would want us to follow the same process as we have done,” mentioned Garg. “We have to approach the final just as another game that we have to play.”
Bangladesh have gone one step additional than their run to the 2016 semi-finals, as Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s hundred towards New Zealand laid the idea for a six-wicket win.
“This is the first time that Bangladesh have got to the final and we are all very happy,” mentioned Mahmudul, who fashions his batting on Shakib Al Hasan and Indian nice Rahul Dravid.
Bangladesh’s triumph arrange a 3rd all-Asian final in the U19 World Cup, however that is the primary to be performed exterior the sub-continent.
“We will play it as a normal game. We can’t take the pressure of thinking that this is our first final,” mentioned Bangladesh skipper Akbar.
“India is an excellent aspect, and we’ve got to play our ‘A’ sport. We should do one of the best in all three departments.
“Bangladeshi cricket followers are loopy, and I hope we are going to proceed to get the identical help that we’ve been getting.”
For all of the gamers at this World Cup, there stays the dream not simply of successful however doing sufficient to start out forging knowledgeable profession in the sport.
Some massive names have trodden this path earlier than: present worldwide captains Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson all figured on the match in the previous together with a few of the greats of the latest previous, gamers similar to Brian Lara, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle and Steve Smith.
The stage in Potchefstroom is ready to see who if any younger Indians or Bangladeshis are prone to be part of this elite band in the last decade forward.