In Stats: Big Stand by Shaw-Kalra, a Record Target & An Indian Win
India defeated Australia by 100 runs in the opener of the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Prithvi Shaw, the captain of the Indian side, along with Manjot Kalra put on a record breaking 180-run opening stand to put Australia on the back foot right from the word go.
The duo played confident shots all around the park before the skipper got dismissed for six runs short of a century. After Prithvi’s dismissal, Manjot continued to decimate the Australian bowlers but he too got out for 86 runs.
By the time both the openers were back in the pavilion, they had ensured that enough groundwork was done for a 300 plus score.
Prithvi and Manjot’s partnership broke a 14-year old record of Shikhar Dhawan and Robin Uthappa for India’s best partnership in Under-19 World Cup. Dhawan and Uthappa had scored 175 against Scotland in the 2004 edition in Bangladesh.
Prithvi Shaw, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his 100-ball 94, hit two sixes and eight fours during his innings. He was aggressive right from the start and didn’t mind taking the occasional risks.
On 25, William Sutherland had got Prithvi caught behind. Unfortunately he had stepped over the line during his delivery. Again on 28, Austin Waugh missed a direct hit at the bowler’s end, which would have surely sent Prithvi back.
His 94 is now the fourth highest score by an Indian captain in an Under-19 World Cup.
Shubhman Gill, who came to bat at number three, continued from where his skipper had left. He scored his run at a steady pace and gave even support to Manjot at the other end. Shubman hit six fours and a solitary six for his 54-ball 63.
With Shubnam also scoring a half century, it was the first time since 2006 that the top three Indian batsmen brought up their 50s in an under-19 ODI. In 2006, Indian trio of Gaurav Dhiman, Pujara and Rohit Sharma had scored 74, 97 and 50 respectively against the West Indian side in the quarter final of the Under-19 World in Sri Lanka.
The Indian middle order chipped in well in the last five overs of the innings to take India to a score of 328/7, which is the highest total against the Aussies in the Under-19 World Cups. The previous highest total of 291/9 was scored by the Irish team in the 2004 edition of the tournament in Bangladesh.