India ICC U19 World Cup Champions

Beat England by four wickets to win their 5th U19 WC title

India ICC U19 World Cup Champions

ANTIGUA: India defeated England by four wickets to win the ICC Under 19 Men's Cricket World Cup in the West Indies for the fifth time.

The two unbeaten sides clashed at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua & Barbuda as England sought only their second crown, but it was India who broke the record for most tournament victories.

As England lost wickets early in their innings, Raj Bawa took five for 31 until James Rew's 95 revived hope in their bid for their first trophy since 1998.

Both Shaik Rasheed and Nishant Sindhu hit fifties before Dinesh Bana smashed back-to-back sixes to seal the victory.

India dominates England to add another trophy to their collection.

England won the toss and elected to bat with their second-highest run-scorer, Jacob Bethell, with George Thomas, who had produced a valiant 52 in their semi-final victory over Afghanistan.

Bethell had a rocky start, surviving an appeal for caught behind in the second over but falling three balls later, caught leg before wicket by Ravi Kumar for two.

Captain Tom Prest came in at three but was unable to add to his 292 runs as he departed for a four-ball duck, England's first of the tournament.

Thomas was undaunted by the loss of two important wickets of his team, playing attractive strokes and earning a brief reprieve after being dropped on 26.

But he, too, was caught by Yash Dhull off the bowling of Raj Bawa for 27 before he could make an impact.

After that, James Rew put his hand up to be England's possible saviour, staying put as wickets dropped around him, with none of the Young Lions middle order able to add more than ten runs to the total as they slipped to 91 for seven.

It was left to James Sales to put on England's best stand of the innings, adding 93 runs to the total before Rew was painfully denied his century.

He was caught by Kaushal Tambe for 95 off 116 balls after hitting 12 sixes and virtually single-handedly giving England a fighting chance.

Sales was left stranded on 34 not out as the tail wagged - England were all out for 189 from 44.5 overs, with Bawa taking five for 31 and Kumar taking  for 34.

India's reply to their modest target got off to the worst possible start when Angkrish Raghuvanshi was caught behind for a second-ball duck, leaving the right-hander unable to surpass Prest as the competition's third-highest run-scorer.

The Men in Blue were able to score at a slow pace, with Harnoor Singh adding 21 from 46 balls before being caught behind as well.

Shaik Rasheed and Dhull tried to replicate their 204-run stand against Australia in the semi-finals, with Rasheed reaching his fifty off 83 balls.

However, Sales and Rew combined once more, this time dismissing the right-hander with the very next delivery.

In Sales' next over, Dhull was caught by George Bell, who wheeled away in delight knowing two new batsmen were at the crease.

However, Nishant Sandhu and Bawa, who has the highest individual score of the tournament with 162 not out, took India to 164 before Bawa became the fifth wicket to fall.

Even with the necessary runs down to 14 from 23 balls, it was going to take something special to beat India.

And something special did arrive, with Rehan Ahmed reaching out his hand to prevent a near-certain maximum and dismiss Tambe, leaving India on 176 for six.

But with Sandhu at the crease, England's quest seemed impossible. He smashed four runs to relieve the pressure England had been building before taking a single to complete his first half-century in international cricket.

Dinesh Bana was determined to have the trophy in his hands as soon as possible, hammering a six off his toes to tie it up.

Another six followed in the next ball and Bana's teammates sprinted onto the pitch before the ball had even crossed the rope, knowing victory and the trophy were theirs.

Edited - SportsAction / Inputs - Agency