West Indies Under-19 team is through to the final Under-19 World Cup after edging the hosts Bangladesh by 3 wickets and will face India for the trophy as their captain Shimron Hetmyer rescued his side once again and scored fifty to help his side chase 227 runs target.
West Indies had reached semifinals after beating the two-time champions Pakistan. The hosts Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first which did not prove out to be a very good decision. Opener Pinak Ghosh could not score any run and Chemar Holder got his wicket.
Joyraz Sheik came at No.3 and added 35 runs to the total. But none of their top 5 scored fifties and they did not have any 50 plus partnership up front. Bangladesh were 113/5 at one stage but then came a big partnership from Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Mohammad Saifuddin.
Miraz scored 60 and Saifuddin scored 36 as they took West Indies close to 200. Their 85 runs partnership helped Bangladesh scored 226 in 50 overs. But West Indian opener Gidron Pope was aggressive from the start and scored 38 runs off just 25 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Captain Shimron Hetmyer added 60 runs whereas Shamar Springer batted till the end and took his side over the line. At the end it got interesting as West Indies lost 7 wickets but Springer was cool and calm so helped his side chase the total with 8 balls to spare.