India's campaign to clinch the record fourth Under-19 World Cup title suffered a crucial blow after a spirited first-half performance from the West Indies saw the opposition bundle out for a mediocre 145 runs in Mirpur on 14 February.
West Indies, who upped their game as the tournament progressed, asked India to bat on a green wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Captain Shimron Hetmyer decision proved to be a masterstroke as the Windies pacers wreaked havoc on the promising batting line-up of India.
Ishan Kishan's men suffered an early blow with Alzarri Joseph getting the better of Rishabh Pant (1) on the fourth delivery of the game. Joseph found his second victim in Anmolpreet Singh (3) who was caught behind by the wicket-keeper.
Skipper Kishan (4) too failed to rise to the occasion - losing his wicket to Joseph in the seventh over. Having lost five wickets for a mere 50 runs, India found some solace in the innings of Sarfaraz Khan (51) who notched up his fifth fifty of the tournament - the most by any batsmen in this edition.
While Sarfaraz continued with his resolve at one end, the wickets kept tumbling at the other. Washington Sundar (7) and Armaan Jaffer (5) failed to rescue India from the hot waters as the tournament favourites suddenly looked out of sorts.
A cameo by Mahipal Lomror (19) and Rahul Batham (21) saved India some blushes, but it didn't help the cause of Kishan's team that was finally bowled out with 29 balls to spare.
For the Windies, Joseph (3/39) and Ryan John (3/38) were the pick of the bowlers. Keemo Paul (2/17) and Chemar Holder (1/20) added to the misery of the Indian batsmen.
The Indian bowling attack will have to be at their prolific best if they intend to challenge the batting might of the Windies and defend their paltry total.