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Manjot Kalra guides Dravid’s boys to lift ICC U19 World Cup title


Following a target of 217 runs, India beat Australia by 8 wickets. From the Indian side, India skipper Prithvi Shaw and opener Manjot Kalra gave the team a steady opening by putting up the partnership of 71 rums for the first wicket.

However, soon Prithvi was sent back to the pavilion by Will Sutherland at the score of 29. Following his dismissal, Shubman Gill took the charge of Indian innings and added 31 runs before getting outsmarted by Australian bowler Param Uppal.

After Shubman Gill, wicket-keeper batsman Harvik Desai, along with Manjot Kalra took the charge of Indian innings, and guided India to win the fourth International Cricket Council (ICC) under-19 World Cup title.

Earlier in the day, Australia skipper Jason Sangha had won the toss and elected to bat first against India at the Bay Oval on Saturday.

Australia scored 216 runs before getting bowled out.

Batting first, the Australian batsmen failed in finding a firm ground as wickets fell on the regular interval. Jonathan Merlo (76 runs) scored his first U19 half century and kept the fight of his team alive.

Indian bowlers capitalised the situation very well as Kamlesh Nagarkoti (2/42), Shiva Singh (2/36), Ishan Porel (2/30) and Anukul Roy (2/32) bagged two wickets each.

Australian lower order collapse didn’t even allow the ‘yellow-team’ to play all the overs as last four wickets fell for just 4 runs.

Both teams remained unchanged from the last game. In a group stage encounter, India thrashed the Aussies by 100 runs earlier in the competition.

India’s fall of wicket: 71-1 (Prithvi Shaw, 11.4), 131-2 (Shubman Gill, 21.2)

Australia’s fall of wicket: 32-1 (Max Bryant, 5.1), 52-2 (Jack Edwards, 9.6), 59-3 (Jason Sangha, 11.4), 134-4 (Param Uppal, 28.5), 183-5 (Nathan McSweeney, 39.2), 191-6 (Will Sutherland, 41.3), 212-7 (Jonathan Merlo, 45.3), 214-8 (Zak Evans, 46.1), 216-9 (Baxter J Holt, 46.3), 216-10 (Ryan Hadley, 47.2)


India U-19: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Manjot Kalra, Shubman Gill, Harvik Desai(wk), Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, Anukul Roy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh, Ishan Porel

Australia U-19: Jack Edwards, Max Bryant, Jason Sangha(captain), Jonathan Merlo, Param Uppal, Nathan McSweeney, Will Sutherland, Baxter J Holt(wk), Zak Evans, Ryan Hadley, Lloyd Pope