India wins Under 19 World Cup with a spectacular ton from Manjot Kalra
India wins Under 19 World Cup with a spectacular ton from Manjot Kalra
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India wins Under 19 World Cup with a spectacular ton from Manjot Kalra

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India won the record fourth Under19 cricket World Cup title on Saturday against Australia. India won the final with eight wickets. The spectacular ton from the opener Manjot Kalra helped to achieve the target of 217 soon.

Replying to Australia’s 216,, India’s opening batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra got off to a strong start. Both once again went on to stitch a 50-run partnership, their 4th in this tournament. The duo took India to 55/0 in 10 overs. Skipper Prithvi Shaw was dismissed by Will Sutherland on 29 as Australia tasted their first success with the ball. Then Shubman Gill, who has already scored three fifties and a ton in the tournament, came. Gill and Kalra continued to pile on runs and took India over 100 runs in the 16th over. Australia employed their best bowler Lloyd Pope in the hopes of getting a wicket but could not stop Manjot Kalra from completing his half-century, his first in the tournament. Gill was ousted for 31 after he was cleaned up by Param Uppal. Kalra went on to smash his century as he and Harvik Desai took India to victory to clinch ICC U-19 World Cup.

Australian could contain their crisis at the beginning and managed to acquire 216 runs in the Under-19 world cup cricket on Saturday. Aiming a winning target of 217 runs, India’s openers, Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra, began their run chase.

Indian bowlers could deliver earlier setbacks to Australian batting by taking wickets fast. At a time, Australia was struggling for 90 for 3. In the bowling department, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti have been phenomenal, raking up speeds in excess of 140kmph at their will. Jonathan Merlo was the star with 76 but he received very little support from the rest of the batting order. Ishan Porel, Anukul Roy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shiva Singh picked up two wickets apiece.

The promising Prithvi Shaw, already being seen as the next big thing in Indian cricket, will be eager to join the likes of Mohammad Kaif (2002), Virat Kohli (2008) and Unmukt Chand (2012) in leading the side to the U-19 World Cup title.

The massive win over Pakistan in the semifinal will do a world of good to India's confidence. After putting a total of 272 on the board, they dismissed the opposition for a paltry 69.

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