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India beats Australia by eight wickets in the finals of the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday (February 3) announced a cash reward of Rs 30 lakh for each member of the Indian team after Prithvi Shaw & Co. thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift the Under-19 World Cup.

The Indian cricket board also announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for the head coach and batting legend, Rahul Dravid and Rs 20 lakh for each support staff.

ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: BCCI Announces Cash Reward for Victorious Team and Support Staff
Kalra scored 101 not out (Credits: BCCI)

India ended the tournament unbeaten and also became the first team to lift the coveted title four times. For the major part of the game, the contest was a one-sided affair with the Indian colts thoroughly dominating Jason Sangha & Co.

The game started on a disappointing note for India, as they lost the toss. However, the bowlers all but made it up for it with another fine show by wrapping up the Australian innings for a modest 216 with Jonathan Merlo top-scoring with 72.

Australia had begun on a shaky note and was reeling at 59 for three at one point. Ishan Porel dismissed both the openers cheaply to reduce them to 52 for two before Kamlesh Nagarkoti dismissed skipper Jason Sangha.

ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: BCCI Announces Cash Reward for Victorious Team and Support Staff
A moment from the final (Credits: BCCI)

Jonathan Merlo and Param Uppal then got together to resurrect the innings, adding 75 runs before the stand was ended by Roy who made Uppal mistime one straight to the bowler.

From there, Merlo took the onus on himself to keep the scoreboard ticking, as he reached his half-century off 60 balls. He added 49 with Nathan McSweeney, who contributed 23.

Australia, however, soon lost their way when Shiva sent back McSweeney and Will Sutherland in quick succession to reduce them to 191 for six from 183 for four. The lower-order could not provide much of a resistance, as the team from Down Under could post only 216.

The modest total was never going to challenge the in-form Indian brigade, as they rode on Manjot Kalra’s excellent ton to chase down the total in 39 overs.

ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: BCCI Announces Cash Reward for Victorious Team and Support Staff
Players celebrate an Australian wicket (Credits: BCCI)

Under the guidance of Dravid, the Indian colts performed exceedingly well and ended the tournament on a fitting note.

Prithvi Shaw and the party began the tournament with a thumping 100-run win over their final opponents Australia. In the following two games, they dismantled Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe by ten wickets. Bangladesh was also blown away by the team, as the Prithvi Shaw-led side won the match by 131 runs.

Pakistan too suffered the safe fate in the semifinal. After scoring 272 for nine in the allotted 50 overs, India dismissed Pakistan for just 69 runs to win the game by 203 runs and storm into the final where they dismantled Australia.


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