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ICC U-19 World Cup
India-West Indies final tussle today 
Sports Reporter
Published :Sunday, 14 February, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 18
India Under-19 Cricket Team and West Indies Under-19 Cricket Team will play the 11th ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.
The match will start at 9am.
Ishan Kishan's India have won all their matches in the tournament so far. India's batting is led by Sarfaraz Khan, who has shored up the middle-order with four half-centuries in five matches. Left-handed opener Rishabh Pant made an 18-ball half-century against Nepal with 111 runs off 96 balls against Namibia.
Seamers Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed and Rahul Batham have constantly worked for top order, setting the stage for the spin duo of Mayank Dagar and Mahipal Lomror to take over.
India Under-19 captain Ishan Kishan said that they are not scared of West Indies' fast bowlers, who also included opening bowler Chemar Holder.
"Most of us who are batting in the top order play domestic cricket back in India," said Kishan.
"We face senior fast bowlers in first-class cricket. So, it's not a problem. But it is about how we plan to tackle them and how we execute it on the field."
India won the tournament three times previously and are making their fifth final. The West Indies will be chasing their maiden title, having reached their second final.
India will start the match as the favourites being the only unbeaten side so far, but West Indies captain Hetmyer is not too concerned.
"They are a very good team and are unbeaten but two days ago we played against Bangladesh who were unbeaten. We beat them. We just go out and play our best cricket in the tournament, tomorrow. Let's hope we come out on top," Hetmyer said.
"We will give it our best shot. Win or lose, the players will benefit immensely by the experience of taking part in the tournament," he further added.
The West Indies batsmen have shown the ability to bat together to form a good total or chase down a target. They would like a big knock from at least one of their in-form batsmen. Hetmyer, Shamar Springer and the hard-hitting Gidron Pope starred in both the run-chases.
West Indies' bowling especially with Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder who bowl with pace and bounce in the first ten overs. Keemo Paul has been effective in the death, which means that India will have to do much of their scoring in the middle overs.
Mirpur pitch that offers bounce but remains slow, the grand final will be an exciting match for both teams.

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