Dominant India trounce Australia by 100 runs in ICC U19 World Cup

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India U19 328-7 (Shaw 94) beat
Australia U19 228 (Edwards 73) by 100 runs
7th game, Group B, ICC U19 World Cup, Bay Oval

A dominant batting performance from the top order followed by three-wicket hauls from Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti proved clinical as India started the ICC U19 World Cup with a 100-run victory over Australia at Bay Oval in the 7th game.

India won the toss and decided to bat first. Skipper Prithvi Shaw (94) and Manjot Kalra (86) laid a solid start with a 180 run opening stand that came off 29.4 overs. The duo smashed 55 runs off the first 10 overs and four overs later, Kalra survived a run out appeal that was referred to the third umpire.

Shaw reached his fifty off 55 deliveries and in the same over he and Kalra completed the 100-run opening stand. The boundaries continued to come at good rate and Kalra too went past the 50-run. As the partnership started to look dangerous, Australia finally managed a breakthrough when Shaw nicked one to the keeper.

India reached the 200-run mark in the 35th over but lost Kalra just after it as well. From there on Shubman Gill (63) took control and with his 54-ball knock he continued to press on despite wickets falling at the other end.

An eight ball cameo from Abhishek Sharma (23) also proved vital as India went on to post 328 for seven in the 50 overs.

In the chase, only Jack Edwards (73) went past the 50-run mark while Max Bryant (29), Jonathan Merlo (38) and Baxter J Holt (39) made decent contributions but Mavi (3-45) and Nagarkoti (3-29) struck at regular intervals to keep Australia in check and eventually bowled them out for 228 in 42.5 overs.

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