Indian colts, riding on a superb Manjot Kalra century, have beaten Australia by 8 wickets to secure their 4th U-19 World Cup title. Earlier, batting first, Australia could only post a total of 216 runs thanks to a brilliant 76 by Jonathan Merlo, but as it turned out, it was not enough.
Brief Scores: Australia 216 in 47.2 overs (Jonathan Merlo 76, Ishan Porel 2-30, Shiva Singh 2-36) lost to India 220/2 ( Manjot Kalra 101*,
Indian spinners restrict Australia to a sub-par total
In the overcast conditions at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Aussie captain Jason Sangha opted to bat first in order to take the benefit of the flat batting deck and although Max Bryant and Jack Edwards started the innings on a positive note, the former, trying to crunch an Ishan Porel length ball through the off-side, found Abhishek Sharma at cover to give their first wicket. Edwards, on the other end, however, continued to play his strokes, but his ambition to lead the team to a good score was nipped in the bud by Porel as this time, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, standing at
After finding them at 59 for 3, Australia
Kalra stars as India become four-time champions
A chase of 217 was supposed to be a straightforward one for the Indian team, especially because of the form that the team
However, Kalra kept his zen and continued the good work with the company of wicket-keeper