India survived a courageous century from Tagenarine Chanderpaul to beat West Indies by 46 runs and clinch fifth place in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, yesterday.
Chanderpaul scored 112 to inspire a run chase in response to India’s 340 after they had won the toss and opted to bat.
The young Guyanese batsman scored eight fours and a six from 136 balls as West Indies reached 294 for eight.
India’s Ankush Bains (74), Sanju Samson (67) and Shreyas Iyer (66) batted well to help India post 340 for 8 in 50 overs, the highest team total of the tournament.
For the West Indies, Gudakesh Motie picked up three for 52 and Preston McSween bagged two for 74.
Opener Chanderpaul batted through most of the innings exception for the final five deliveries, sharing in two half century partnership as he spearheaded an ambitious run chase after India’s strong batting display.
His lengthy occupation of the crease ended when he was trapped lbw to Vijay Zol in the second ball of the final over.
Chanderpaul put on 91 runs for the second wicket with Tristan Coleman who hit five fours and two sixes in a knock of 45 and partnered with Nicolas Pooran for a fifth wicket stand of 89.
Pooran continued his prolific form with the bat as well, hitting an impressive 54 which included four fours and four sixes.
Chanderpaul finished the tournament with 293 runs with one century and two half-centuries.
Charma Milind was the top Indian bowler with two for 50.