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

While Rahul Dravid who has been at the helm of Indian U-19 cricket team and the India A squad for some time may not like to focus on individuals it is very difficult to not see skipper Prithvi Shaw as the star of this team which opens their ICC U-19

While Rahul Dravid who has been at the helm of Indian U-19 cricket team and the India A squad for some time may not like to focus on individuals it is very difficult to not see skipper Prithvi Shaw as the star of this team which opens their ICC U-19

Mount Maunganui: Optimism mingled with an eagerness to know what lies ahead as India's potential future stars gear up to lock horns with Australia in their big- ticket campaign opener of the ICC U-19 World Cup here, Sunday.

The young Australians struggled to make early inroads with the ball, as India put on 180 for the first wicket thanks with captain Privthi Shaw (94) and Manjot Kalra (86) leading the way.

The Indian skipper fell in the 30th over, just six short of his hundred. Abhishek Sharma though managed to come up with a 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark. he hit two sixes and as many fours.

For Australia, opening batsman Jack Edwards (73) was the highest run-scorer.

The opening stand was worth 57, post which Edwards carried on but didn't have a steady partner at the other end for very long.

India picked up wickets at regular intervals, with Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti taking three wickets each.

Raynard van Tonder's man-of-the-match 143 anchored South Africa to 341-7, with the skipper compiling a 125-run partnership with Jiveshan Pillay (62) for the second wicket.

There was a time when clocking 145 kph mark was a fanciful thing but these pacers made it look so easy in their U19 World Cup opener against Aussies.

Kenya battled gamely through to 172-7 off their 50 overs. Jasraj Kundi top-scored with a 53-ball 41 after leading the Kenyan bowling effort with figures of 2-49 off eight overs.

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