The Under-19 World Cup came to a fitting end for India. The Indian colts began the the tournament with a comprehensive 100-run win over Australia and trounced the same opponents by 8 wickets on Saturday (February 3) to life the coveted title.
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.
Australia had begun their innings on a shaky note and were 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.
Jonathan Merlo and Param Uppal then got together to resurrect the innings, adding 75 runs before the stand was ended by Roy. 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.
In reply, India chased down the modest total comfortably. Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra added 71 runs for the first wicket to set the tone for an easy chase before the latter and Shubman Gill all but sealed the game in India’s favour by adding 60 runs for the second wicket. Kalra, who remained unbeaten on 101, and Harvik Desai then stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 89 runs to take the team home in the 39th over.
The Indian colts have been flooded with messages since the monumental win and Gautam Gambhir also joined the bandwagon to wish the world beaters. The southpaw, who had helped India clinch the World T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011, posted an interesting collage with an even more interesting caption.
Posting a split image of the victorious team of 2011 50-over World Cup and and the current under-19 team, Gambhir wrote: “बच्चे तो बच्चे, बाप रे बाप!!!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 3, 2018