The Men in Blue are off to a great start in their ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 campaign, as the Indian team on Sunday beat Australia by 100 runs, here at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.
Post winning the toss, India elected to bat and opened outstanding innings.
There was no respite for the Australians even after their departure with Shubhman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock.More news: Iranian oil tanker sinks, 32 crew members presumed dead
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Australia needed to be ahead of the game right through the chase but they surprisingly never showed the intent like their opposition.
Nagarkoti hit the deck consistently at a speed in the range of 150kmph and was well supported by Mavi, who also clocked 145 at times. There was a partnership which threatened for sometime between Jack Edwards and Jonathan Merlo.
Australia never got into the groove and lost wickets at regular intervals to be bowled out for 228. Despite the top Aussie scorer Jack Edwards leading the team with 73 on board, their team was wiped out in 42.5 overs. While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw as the a vital cog in the team's batting wheel.
Both teams had notable absentees when they struggled - the likes of Jason Sangha for Australia, and Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill for India - but they will still be desperate to put those memories behind them with a strong opening performance in the World Cup opener. India won the game by 100 runs and have made the statement at the start of the tournament. The Aussies on the other hand were unexpectedly shabby in the field.