India outshine Australia to win 4th U-19 World Cup title

Ishan Porel

Ishan Porel

India lift the ICC Under-19 World Cup with a thrashing eight-wicket defeat on Australia in the final at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui today. Kalra, eventually notched his maiden century in the tournament in just 101 balls and rubbed off any chances of an Australian comeback.

However, Kalra remained rooted on the crease, along with Harvik Desai (47), to guide as India chased down the target of 217 in just 38.5 overs. The delightfully named Napoleon Einstein has not played a game since 2014, while Ajitesh Argal, man of the match in the 2008 final, is now a tax inspector in Baroda.And the cautionary tales do not end there. He added that the Indian spinners were the lot that taught the Aussie boys some valuable lessons that the team discussed with the coach and later on went ahead to use against the Afghan spinners. Conditions were very good.

"They (Australia) are a good side, it will be challenging for us even though they have lost against us in the first game", Shaw said. "In the team, it's been a great environment", an overjoyed Kalra told the media after the final.

Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first in the Under-19 World Cup final in New Zealand. Unmukt Chand, the captain of the last India side to win the U-19 competition in 2012, published an autobiography soon after lifting the trophy. At that point, there are the Australians, who endured a substantial misfortune to India in the gathering stages yet additionally pulled a standout amongst the most dazzling triumphs you can find ever finished diversion against England in the quarter-last. Kalra and Shaw provided India a brisk start, putting on 71 inside 12 overs despite a slight intervention due to rain. "India's batting is strong at the top, but I don't think their lower-order has really been exposed".

Australia bowlers did not have much to cherish as Param Uppal and Will Sutherland took a wicket each.

The Indian skipper scored 29 runs off 41 deliveries with four hits to the fence.

Despite losing the final, Australian skipper Jason Sangha said he was proud of his team for the way they performed throughout the tournament.

This was unfortunately Gill's first below-50 score in the tournament but wicketkeeper-batsman Harvik Desai ensured that there were no more hiccups in India's road to the title. In spite of Jonathan Merlo's half-century (76 runs), other bowlers continued to chip in with wickets at crucial junctures to restrict Australia to 216 runs.

The Aussie pair dealt well with the barrage of left-arm spin bowling - as Shiva Singh, Anukul Roy and Abhishek Sharma were handed the task of breaking through.

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