U19 WC: India starts campaign with win, beats Australia

U19 WC: India starts campaign with win, beats Australia

Mount Maunganui: Optimism mingled with an eagerness to know what lies ahead as India's potential future stars gear up to lock horns with Australia in their big- ticket campaign opener of the ICC U-19 World Cup here, Sunday.

The Indian total was the highest ever by any team against Australia in an U19 World Cup.

The young Australians struggled to make early inroads with the ball, as India put on 180 for the first wicket thanks with captain Privthi Shaw (94) and Manjot Kalra (86) leading the way. The middle-order is likely to be manned by Anukul Roy and Abhishek Sharma, and they would certainly want to make heir presence felt. One thing was not traditionally Indian but a trend in the recent years was two pacers from the country cross the 140kph-mark easily.

India compiled a monster total of 7-328 from their 50 overs after batting first before dismissing Australia for 228 in reply in the 43rd over.

South Africa captain Raynard van Tonder struck 143 off 121 balls, an innings that included 14 fours and five sixes, as 2014 champions thrashed Kenya by 169 runs in Group A.

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.

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It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk- free batting.

The U-19 Indian skipper missed out on a century as he was caught behind off by Will Sutherland, son of former Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

There were no steady partnerships after their departure even as Gill kept one end solid with his 54-ball knock which had six fours and a six.

As Indian batsmen looked for some quick runs, Australian medium fast bowler Jack Edwards ended up taking four wickets.

Australia opener Jack Edwards top-scored for his side with a 73-run knock after a steady start with Max Bryant (29) but struggled to find support from others. It was Edwards, who dismissed Rana and then later added wickets of Abhishek and Shiva Singh (10) to his tally.

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