DHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):Underdogs West Indies Under-19s stunned favourites India Under-19s by five wickets in a low-scoring final of the ICC Youth Cricket World Cup to crown themselves World champions for the first time in their history yesterday.Chasing 146 for victory atthe Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the Caribbean side was reduced to 77 for five in the 29th over before they were bailed out by a brilliant unbeaten half-century by Man-of-the-Match Keacy Carty to get home in the last over with a mere three balls to spare.Carty stroked an unbeaten 52 off 125 balls with two fours and added a precious 69 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand with the consistent Keemo Paul, who struck a busy 40 not out off 68 deliveries with a four and a six.Entering the final over of the game with three runs needed, Paul got the winning runs when he charged seamer Khaleel Ahmed and top-edged a pull over the wicketkeeper for four to spark wild celebrations in the West Indies camp.”I feel very good right now. Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” an overwhelmed Young Windies captain, Shimron Hetmyer, said.”How the guys played today showed we were supposed to be champions today, and we came out on top.”The victory had earlier been set up by the irrepressible Alzarri Joseph, who tore through the India Under-19 top order with a fine exhibition of fast bowling to send the innings tumbling to 145 all out off 45.1 overs.He claimed three for 39 from his 10 overs, while seamers Ryan John (3-38) and Paul (2-17) provided excellent support as India faltered badly after they were sent in – crashing to 50 for five in the 18th over and never really recovering.Sarfaraz Khan top-scored with 51 off 89 balls, and Rahul Batham got 21, but they were just two of three batsmen to make it into double figures.
Harry Kane targets Arsenal after ‘confident’ Tottenham extend unbeaten runHarry Kane targets Arsenal after ‘confident’ Tottenham extend unbeaten run
Tottenham striker Harry Kane 1 Tottenham striker Harry Kane is adamant Spurs’ growing confidence can inspire them to victory in Sunday’s North London derby at Arsenal.Mauricio Pochettino’s side are undefeated in the Premier League since the opening day of the season [a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United] and extended their unbeaten run to ten games with a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Monday.Arsenal have already beaten Spurs once this season, the Gunners dumping them out of the League Cup in September.But Kane – who found the net against Villa at White Hart Lane – believes Tottenham are now well placed to stun their rivals thanks to their recent form, plus a number of key absentees for Arsene Wenger.“We’re playing very well, we’re exciting, we’re a young team and we’ve got a lot of energy, and the wins will just keep giving us that, but there’s still a long way to go so we’ve got to keep trying to learn and improve,” the England striker said.“Anderlecht [in the Europa League on Thursday] is important for us so we’ve got to stay focused on that for now, but of course, everyone’s excited for the North London derby. It’s a game everyone looks forward to, both teams are playing well so it’ll be good to go and try and get a result.“We made a good statement against Man City [in a recent 4-1 victory] and followed that up pretty well with wins so we face Arsenal on Sunday going for the win, and we’re full of confidence and know we can win.“The aim is the top four but there’s still a long way to go. We’ve got to stay consistent throughout the whole season, we can’t just have a good start and fade away.”Tottenham’s second goalscorer on Monday evening – in front of Roy Hodgson – was the talented Dele Alli, 19, who is expected to be included in the next England squad for their upcoming friendly fixtures with France and Spain.His swift rise from a Football League player to international recognition is not dissimilar to Kane’s during the past season, and for all that such pressure can be difficult for a young player to handle, the forward believes that his young team-mate has the character to cope.“He’s a great player and a great lad as well,” Kane said. “He’s very focused, he’s good to have around the dressing room, he’s a bubbly character. We’re delighted for him, he’s come in this season and settled in straight away.“He’s still young, he’s still got a lot to learn, a long way to go. And yes, I was probably in that position last year so it’s great for him to have me and other players who have been through that to talk to. He’s a mature lad and I’m sure he’ll take it in his stride.“We have discussions now and then, he watched last season and he wants to go and do the same. He’s a young player with a lot of talent and he just wants to play football, and that’s what’s nice to see.“He’s been playing very well for us, he came in the last [England] squad and did very well in training and impressed, so he’s got to keep doing what he’s doing. That’s the [England] manager’s choice: all he can keep doing is having nights like he’s had [against Villa], it won’t hurt him.”