India record 100-run win over Australia in opener

The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw's decision to bat in their tournament-opener. | Image Courtesy @ICC

India's hunt for genuine fast bowlers has been going on for years now, and fans will definitely take a lot of heart from what they saw from Nagarkoti and Mavi on Sunday. A 100 run victory has got the morale of the team on cloud 9 as India thrashed Australia in their first game.

Opener Prithvi Shah was the top scorer as he made 94 runs from 100 balls with the help of eight boundaries and two sixers while Manoj Kalra played a knock of 86 runs which included 12 fours and a maximum.

Shaw got a lifeline at 25 when he was caught behind off Will Sutherland but the bowlers had stepped over the line and the ball was given a no-ball.

India have kickstarted their Under 19 World Cup journey on a winning note. Shaw was dismissed early but the bowler had bowled a no-ball and made the most of a reprieve.

The opening duo put on 180 runs before vice-captain Gill came in and took matters into his own hands, compiling 63 runs in 54 deliveries. The contribution of the tail-enders was enormous, especially with Abhishek Sharma putting up a useful 23 off just 8 deliveries. Jack Edwards and Will Sutherland put up a decent shift on the field though nearly all bowlers were expensive. Australia made some glaring blunders in the field, and nearly all of them came back to haunt them as India galloped to the huge score.

Coming on to bat, Australia showed patience and strength initially and India did struggle to break through. Edwards was the only batsman to shine as he scored 73 and was the sixth wicket to fall eventually sealing the fate of the Men from down under.

Mavi and Nagarkoti were constant troubles for the young Australians as they kept changing their pace and length.

The Proteas racked up 341-7, with opener Jiveshan Pillay hitting 62 and Jade de Klerk (28no off 23) and Gerald Coetzee (36no off 14) clubbing 65 runs in the final five overs.

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