Young Indians crowned champions after defeating Australia by 8 wickets

India players celebrating their win at Mount Maunganui Sunday
India players celebrating their win at Mount Maunganui Sunday

04 February, 2018

After missing town chances at winning the World Cup as Indian captain, the legend finally achieved his well-deserved victory at Bay Oval at Bay Oval on Saturday.

The highly-rated batting, barring a minor blip, completed the job with conviction as India chased down the modest target in 38.5 overs.

In-form India skipper Prithvi Shaw began the World Cup campaign against Australia with a bang, scoring a match-winning 94 off 100 balls.

It has been nearly six years since an Indian team took on Australia in the final of the Under 19 World Cup. Head Coach India U19 Rahul Dravid will be awarded with Rs 50 lakh, while team members and support staff will receive Rs 20 Lakh each, BCCI sources said.

Under Dravid, the side had finished runner-up in the 2016 edition in Bangladesh.

A score of 183 for 4 in the 40th over wasn't particularly a bad situation going into the death overs of a final, but things went haywire for Australia from there on.

However, it must be noted that neither Dav Whatmore (2008 India coach) nor Bharath Arun (2012 coach) got more than the Virat Kohli or Unmukt Chand-led team.

Other than Kalra, Shaw (29), Shubman Gill (31) and Harvik Desai (47*) made useful contributions to help India win.

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Despite taking two key wickets Australia were unable to remove India's Kalra, with the opener making them pay.

India made a solid start as they lost their first wicket for 71 runs.

He hammered the spinners for huge sixes and showed his silken touch by beautifully driving the pacers through covers. "It's only because of the advanced treatment in New Zealand that he could play in the three knockout matches", added the coach. 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.

At 32 Australia was at 0 wickets but to reach the score at 59 Australia had loosed its 3 wickets.

Australian batsmen were also guilty of not converting the starts they got.

India's opening bowler Shivam Mavi has been right on target with his consistency, claiming eight wickets in five matches. The Indian bowlers were equally guilty of bowling too short, something that Merlo and Uppal dealt extremely well by rocking back onto the backfoot and sending the ball crashing towards the point boundary. He drove through the line beautifully in languid style, and even went aerial, hitting the long ball down the ground.

It was Australia, who won the toss and chose to bat first and Jack Edwards (28) signalled his intention with three boundaries in the fifth over from Shivam Mayi (1-46).

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