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U19 World Cup: India Thrashes Australia By 100 Runs In Opening Match

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| January 14 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

In their opening fixture in ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2018, Team India thrashed the Aussie players by 100 runs on Sunday. Under the striking leadership of Prithvi Shaw, the winning team was able to stall Australian batting streak at 228 runs.

After scoring 328 runs of 7 wickets in the first innings, thanks to the skipper's 94, opening batsman Manjot Kalra's 86 and Shubham Gill's 63, India's bowling team started their campaign with an impressive power performance.

Pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi claimed three wickets each multiplying India's chances of victory. Despite the top Aussie scorer Jack Edwards leading the team with 73 on board, their team was wiped out in 42.5 overs.

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After an excruciating wait, Edwards was bowled out by Anukul Roy but soon India was met with a setback when the lead bowler Ishan Porel twisted his ankle and walked off the field. Aussie wicket-keeper batsman Baxter J Holt also make an effort by scoring 39 of 30 deliveries but all futile. 

Post winning the toss, India elected to bat and opened outstanding innings. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra provided a great platform for the other batsmen and were able to surpass India's previous best opening stand in the Under-19 World Cup.

Earlier, Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan have established a record of scoring 173 in 2006, followed by vice-captain Shubham Gill's 63 and Abhishek Sharma's 8-ball 23, which took the team to a daunting total.