India dominated the play throughout the day to win their first game of the ICC U19 World Cup against Australia on Sunday.
While defending a total of 328/7, India bowled out Australia for 228 to win their first game of the tournament by 100 runs. The boys in blue picked up regular wickets in the Aussies chase and did not let them go past the total in the second innings.
Batting first after winning the toss, the Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra set the match up beautifully for their side. Shaw top-scored for India. He made 94 runs off 100 deliveries. The 180-run stand at a run-rate of over 6 laid the platform for India to score big. Players in the middle-order and lower-order played some brilliant cameos to take the total past 300.
Chasing such a huge total down, Australia didn’t seem to be comfortable at any stage of the game. Their top 4 players have done decently well but were slow. As the required run-rate was getting higher, the Aussies kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
Indian bowlers were highly disciplined and bowled the right lines and lengths. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti picked three wickets each dismantling the Australian batting order. The remaining two wickets were picked by Abhishek Sharma and Anukul Sudhakar Roy.
Cricket fraternity and fans on Twitter also lauded young Team India’s performance.
The batting looked solid, the bowling was on target with some serious pace and the boys were at their best in the field. Congratulations on this great win. #FutureStars in the making for sure. #U19CWC #IndvAus @ICC @BCCI @cricketworldcup @StarSportsIndia
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 14, 2018
Great all- round performance by the young lads. Really a delight to watch the passion. An emphatic win to start the campaign. Keep it up boys #U19CWC
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 14, 2018
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) January 14, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 14, 2018
— Kulamani Muduli (@thisissanu) January 14, 2018
Great start for India U19. Proper thrashing that. Well done boys 👍🏼
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) January 14, 2018
What a lovely sunday morning. Watching these amazing kids play. Takes me back to my India u19 days. Absolute bliss it was.#greatnessbeginshere #ICCU19WorldCup @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/ApnEUGUBfR
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) January 14, 2018
— Sanjay Dixit ಸಂಜಯ್ ದೀಕ್ಷಿತ್ संजय दीक्षित (@Sanjay_Dixit) January 14, 2018
If we go by the early signs, in Prithvi Shaw we have a gem in our hand, cool temparement, terrific shot selection, proper cricketing brain.
— Valar Arsenalis (@andthatsoffside) January 14, 2018
— கொக்கி ᴷᴰᴹ ᴳᵒˡᵈ (@KDmgold) January 14, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 14, 2018
Prithvi Shaw looks so special. Brilliant 94 and a really solid start for India. Cheering for the boys, for many of whom this is a significant event in their endeavour to be India Cricketers. #INDvAUS #U19CWC
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 14, 2018
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 14, 2018