Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

India thrash Australia by 100 runs in U-19 World Cup

India thrash Australia by 100 runs in U-19 World Cup

India U19 won the toss and opted to bat. India will be very confident as they recently defeated South Africa in a warm up match by 189 runs. Nagarkoti clocked 146.8 kmph as his fastest delivery and Mavi wasn't far behind at 144.5 kmph.

Allrounder Jack Edward's star act was in vain for Australia, with the 17-year-old NSW product collecting 4-65 off nine overs before top-scoring with 73 runs opening the batting. Baxter Holt and Jonathan Merlo scored 39 and 38 runs respectively for the team.

While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw as the a vital cog in the team's batting wheel.

India next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday.

Asked if there are any Indian players in particular he thinks could have a lot of success at this tournament, Dravid said, We don't like to focus too much on the individuals.

"Really disappointed (at losing a chance to get a century), for Manjot as well, we have learnt something from this innings and will play better in the next innings", he added.

It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk- free batting.

The middle order batsmen lost their wickets, trying to accelerate the run-rate as Himanshu Rana (14) and Anukul Roy (6) fell cheaply.

Shaw was dismissed on 94 when he edged the ball to the keeper, while Kalra was caught at mid-wicket and was dismissed at 86.

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.

Abhishek Sharma though managed to come up with a 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark.

Gerald Coetzee finished the South African innings with a flourish and his 36 off 14 balls included two fours and three sixes.

Jack Edwards grabbed four wickets for Australia while Param Uppal, Will Sutherland and Austin Waugh dismissed one Indian batsman each.

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