After the batsmen posted a target of 329 runs, the Indian bowlers went through the Australia batting line-up to secure a 100-run victory at The Bay Oval in Tauranga to begin their Under-19 World Cup campaign on a winning note. The team will meet Papua New Guinea next on January 16 at the same venue.
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.
Indian skipper Prithvi Shaw won the toss and decided to bat first after seeing the lack of grass on the surface. The decision seemed to have reaped rich dividends as Shaw and Manjot Kalra clearly frustrated the Australians, posting a mammoth 180-run partnership for the opening wicket. Shaw showcased his strokeplay and punished all the wide outside off balls with neat drives and back-foot punches. When the pacers finally corrected their line by bowling straight, he lofted them down the ground for big hits. The Indian skipper fell in the 30th over, just six short of his hundred. Kalra, too, couldn't get to his century, falling 14 short when India's score just reached 200. After their dismissal, handy contributions from Shubhman Gill and lower down the order batsmen propelled the total to 328.
Chasing 329 was always going to be an uphill task for the Australian team thanks to the menacing reputation of Indian pacers, and Shivam Mavi stayed true to the reputations by consistently clocking more than 140