U-19 World Cup Final Highlights: India Beat Australia by 8 Wickets

U-19 World Cup Final Highlights: India Beat Australia by 8 Wickets

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India clinched their fourth ICC U-19 World Cup after taking down Australia by 8 wickets in the final in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. With this win, India became the first team to win four U-19 World Cup titles.

The Australians failed to put up a competitive total on the board after electing to bat first at the toss. Jonathan Merlo top-scored for the Aussies with 76 runs, but none of the other batsmen managed to score a half-century.

Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Anukul Roy picked up two wickets each and helped India bowl Australia out for just 216 runs.

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Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra got India off to a great start. After adding 71 runs for the opening stand, the skipper was bowled out by Will Sutherland for 29 runs. The Mumbai batsman struck four boundaries, but recorded a strike rate of 70.73 during his innings.

The in-form batsman Shubman Gill came in and began striking the ball cleanly right from the word go. Gill and Kalra took the score to 131/2 before the former was undone by Param Uppal.

Once Harvik Desai joined Kalra at the crease, the Indians were in the driver’s seat. Manjot Kalra continued batting in a free-flowing manner and brought up his century towards the end of the match.

In the 39th over, Kalra tucked a delivery off Sutherland to square-leg for a single and became the second Indian to score a century in an U-19 World Cup final. Unmukt Chand scored a century in the 2012 U-19 World Cup.

When one run was needed to win after 38.5 overs, Harvik Desai struck the ball over point to take India to another U-19 World Cup title.

I am really proud of the boys, proud of the effort that they have put in and proud of the support staff as well. I think the effort we have put in over the last 14 months have been sensational.
Rahul Dravid

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