Team India began their campaign in the U19 World with a resounding victory against the mighty Aussies by a convincing margin of 100 runs.
The win was built mainly on a sensational batting performance by the junior Men in Blues. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra shared a brilliant stand of 180 for the first wicket which propelled India to a huge score of 328/7 in their allotted 50 overs.
Shubham Gill also chipped in with a useful 63 off just 54 deliveries, but the lower-order failed to accelerate during the final stages of the innings which would have taken India’s score over the 350-mark.
However, 328 was a big score and needed an effort from the Aussies to chase it down. The Aussie openers also began briskly and struck some lovely shots in the process.
Jack Edwards scored 73 off 90 balls while his partner Max Bryant with 28. However, after their partnership, wickets kept falling at regular intervals which never really allowed the Kangaroos to press on the accelerator and go after the total. The Indian pacers bowled with venom and troubled the Aussies on a consistent basis.
The fastest delivery of the day was delivered by Kamlesh Nagaroti at a pace of 146.8 km/hr while Shivam Mavi’s quickest delivery was bowled at a pace of 144.5 km/hr. Former Indian opener and popularly known as the “Nawab of Najafgarh” Virender Sehwag praised the young pace brigade and shared a stat shown during the match which revealed the fastest and the average speed of the Indian pacers.
Taking to his twitter handle, Sehwag wrote,
“This was serious pace from our boys. Solid beginning beating the Aussies by 100 runs. May the hunger continue and we carry the momentum. #U19CWC. India will look to continue their winning momentum and clinch yet another U19 Worl Cup title.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 14, 2018
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