U-19 WC Final: Indian blowers strike to reduce Aussies to 216

U-19 WC Final: Indian blowers strike to reduce Aussies to 216

It was India's sixth appearance in the under-19 final. Starting the tournament with a crushing 100-run win against Australia, India never looked back from there. With a sub-par target to deal with, Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra made a steady start to the innings, even as the former flirted with balls bowled on the fourth and fifth stump line.

"The big moments, they have found a way to win those key moments", Australian captain Jason Sangha said.

India and Australia are the two most successful teams in the history of the tournament having won the coveted trophy thrice each. Rahul Dravid the head coach of the India U19 team will get the biggest cheque worth - INR 50 lakhs while all the players of the team will be awarded INR 30 lakhs each. Not so for India as Chand bossed the Australian attack with an unbeaten 111-run knock off 130 balls to seal India's third U-19 World Cup triumph.

In reply, openers Shaw and Manjot Kalra gave India a solid start before the skipper departed for 29 in the 12th over with India on 71. Before they arrived in New Zealand, India were favourites to win the title and they have performed like champions right from the first game.

Leg spinner Anukul Roy has been the trump card for the Indians in the spin department.

"I'm really proud of my team".

Anukul Roy, the leading wicket-taker for India, then broke the partnership after dismissing Uppal on 34. "The middle order also controlled the innings well". Will Sutherland was undone by an armball from Shiva, leaving Merlo to do too much in the death overs.

The Aussies lost pacer Jason Ralston to injury mid-way through the tournament and will now have to make do without his replacement Aaron Hardie who has been sidelined himself.

Australia, on the other hand, have not had a smooth sailing all the way.

Since 1988 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, India have so far appeared in six Finals whereas Australia in five. Pope gets 8 wickets in that match and conceded 35 runs in his spell. If Australia can get past Shaw, Kalra and Gill, they could expose some issues, considering India haven't been put under pressure yet. Riyan Parag, India's designated No. 5 batsman and finisher, hasn't quite hit top form yet since recovering from a finger injury, while the only half-century Harvik Desai has hit came in a low-pressure chase against Zimbabwe.



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