Kane Williamson, ICC Spirit of The Cricket Award 2018
India (Credits - Getty)

The Indian Under-19 team provided the cricket-obsessed nation with one more opportunity to celebrate as they thrashed Australia by eight wickets in final on Saturday (February 3) to lift the title.

Barring the toss which India lost, nothing went wrong for the Prithvi Shaw-led side as they controlled the game throughout to win the coveted title. Asked to bowl first, India started brightly with Ishan Porel dismissing both the openers – Max Bryant and Jack Edwards – cheaply before Kamlesh Nagarkoti dismissed skipper Jason Sangha to leave the Aussies reeling at 59 for 3.

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.

ICC U-19 World Cup: Rahul Dravid Tussi Great Ho, Says Harsh Goenka After India's World Cup Victory
Kalra remained unbeaten on 101 (Credits: ICC)

And the win was soon followed by the customary tweet by Harsh Goenka, industrialist and brother of Rising Pune Supergiant  owner Sanjiv Goenka. Harsh Goenka had made quite a name for himself on social media with his anti-MS Dhoni posts during the last season of the Indian Premier League and has now made a habit of coming up with interesting tweets every now and then.

Not surprisingly, he posted an interesting message after India’s win in the World Cup too, praising the boys for the thumping win as well as lauding their head coach Rahul Dravid.

“After the stock market collapse yesterday, the gloom turns to celebrations with the Indian colts winning decisively. What a victory. All credit to the boys and hats off to Dravid. Tussi great ho! ,” he tweeted.

 

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