In the opening match of the U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018, Indian team beat the Australian team with a big-bang score gap of 100 runs, paving off an easy path through the first match at the world cup in New Zealand.
Starters are all that makes a difference, and Indian U19 team has got itself a booster start-off with a comfortable victory against their Australian counterparts in the opening match at U-19 World Cup on Sunday. Anchored deep by the 180-run opening partnership between skipper Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra, taking India to an impressive 328 for seven against Australia in their ICC Under-19 World Cup opener. With 94 runs, Shaw missed out on a century as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland but some of Shaw’s shots reminded of Sachin Tendulkar, so much that even the commenter of the evening Ian Bishop had to say, “That is Tendulkar!”
There was no respite for the Australian bowlers even after Shaw-Kalra were knocked off at a total of 180, as another Indian batsman, Shubhman Gill pounded them with his 63 run score. However, after Gill, the middle order batsmen Himanshu Rana (14) and Anukul Roy (6) managed just to be fillers. It was when Abhishek Sharma entered the pitch and stunned the Kangaroos with an 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark. As the day progressed, Indian team set a daunting run chase for Australia in reaching 328-7.
However, the 328 chase gasped the Australian U19 team with a wicket-hit-haul from Indian bowlers and the kangaroo team was bundled out from the match with 228 in 42.5 overs. With this victory in the U19 World Cup opener match, the Indian team overcame their biggest hurdle – the Australian team – that too with a huge margin of overwhelming 100 runs at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, on Sunday.