ICC U-19 WC: India Thrash Australia by 100 Runs in the Opener
In an authoritative show, Indian colts trounced Australia by a massive 100-run margin in their ICC Under 19 World Cup opener with bowlers complementing a splendid batting performance at Mount Maunganui on Sunday
Skipper Prithvi Shaw led from the front with a 94-run knock and shared a 180-run stand with fellow opener Manjot Kalra (86) to power India to a challenging 328 for seven. There was no respite for the Australians even after their departure with Shubhman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock.
India pacers Kamlesh Nagrakoti (3/29) and Shivam Mavi (3/45) then impressed with their speed and shared six wickets between them to shot out Australia for 228 in 42.5 overs.
Australia opener Jack Edwards top-scored for his side with a 73-run knock after a steady start with Max Bryant (29) but struggled to find support from others.
Jonathan Merlo (38) tried his best in the middle order and stumper Baxtor Holt (39) showed resistance but both were undone by Mavi.
The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw's decision to bat in their tournament-opener.
It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk-free batting. Shaw, though, missed out on a century by six runs as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.
The Indian captain faced 100 balls and scored eight boundaries, including two sixes in his knock. His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 which came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and on over the ropes.
There were no steady partnerships after their departure even as Gill kept one end solid with his 54-ball knock which had six fours and a six.
The middle order batsmen lost their wickets, trying to accelerate the run-rate as Himanshu Rana (14) and Anukul Roy (6) fell cheaply.
As Indian batsmen looked for some quick runs, Australian medium fast bowler Jack Edwards ended up taking four wickets. It was Edwards, who dismissed Rana and then later addedwickets of Abhishek and Shiva Singh (10) to his tally.
India next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday.
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