India kicks off the U-19 WCC in style, Shaw and Manjot steal the show

India got a solid start to ICC Under-19 World Cup as they smashed Australia by 100 runs in their opening match. After winning the toss, Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra frustrated Australian bowlers, posting a 180-run partnership for the opening wicket. Along the way, they broke India’s previous best opening stand of 179 held by Shikhar Dhawan and Robin Uthappa in the 2004 edition.

However, Shaw fell six short of a well-deserved century as he tried to slash at a back of length delivery from Sutherland. Kalra also walked back to the pavilion soon after, falling to spinner Param Uppal. Vice-captain Gill assisted the side with a well-made 63 to post a massive 328-runs total on the board. Even though India lost five wickets in the last 10 overs, then managed to take 105 runs. For Australia, pacer Jack Edwards returned figures of 9-0-65-4.

Australia, in reply, got off to a steady start but failed to recover once wickets started falling. The opening stand was worth 57 which Edwards carried on but didn’t have a steady partner at the other end for very long. His 73 helped Australia pass the 150-mark but wickets fall at regular intervals. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi picked three wickets apiece to wrap up Australia’s innings in the 43rd over itself.

Brief scores: India 328/7 in 50 overs (Prithvi Shaw 94, Manjot Kalra 84, Shubman Gill 63; Jack Edwards 4-65) beat Australia 228 all out in 42.5 overs (Jack Edwards 73; Kamlesh Nagarkoti 3-29, Shivam Mavi 3-45) by 100 runs.


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