Ravi Kumar’s fiery opening spell and Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s batting at the top helped India avenge their 2020 U-19 World Cup loss as the ‘class of 2022’ defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in the quarter final on Friday. Yash Dhull and company will play Australia in the smei-final on Wednesday. 

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Kumar, son of a CRPF personnel, ended with figures of 7-1-14-3 on a tacky track as Bangladesh were all out for 111 in 37.1 overs. The Tigers were 56/7 at one stage before SM Mehrob (30) and Ashiqur Zaman (16) added 50 for the eighth wicket to take the team past 100-run mark.

India, however, chased the total in 30.5 overs and five wickets to spare. Opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi top-scored with 44 runs. Skipper Yash Dhull was unbeaten at 20  and his deputy Shaik Rasheed at 26 as the team crossed the line. 

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“The plan was simple – to bowl tight lines and create pressure. Preparation was nice during the last few days. We spent a lot of time together and prepared well. It’s been a good experience so far and we hope we can go all the way,” Ravi Kumar, who was named the player of the match, said. 

Dhull said that the team is improving day by day. He also added that India great VVS Laxman being around has helped the youngsters. 

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“Our team combination has been very good and the boys are gelling well. Whenever someone is down, we all get together to bring them up. It is a lifetime experience here. The team is improving day by day. Laxman sir giving his experience gives us a lot of help in the middle. We will look at the semis on the day of the match depending on how the wicket is,” the Indian skipper said.