Australia thumped in under-19 Cup opener

Australia thumped in under-19 Cup opener

India picked up wickets at regular intervals, with Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti taking three wickets each.

J. Edwards top scored for Australia with 78. The middle-order is likely to be manned by Anukul Roy and Abhishek Sharma, and they would certainly want to make heir presence felt. "Our goal is obviously to win the World Cup but at the same time we are looking forward to winning our first game", Shaw stated.

Both the batsmen, however, started cautiously, playing out the first six overs for just 27 runs.

Shaw and Prithvi put up the highest-ever opening partnership for India in the U-19 World Cup before both opener fell agonisingly close to their hundreds. The two batsmen, however weren't able to fulfill their centuries, as Shaw was bowled out less of 6 runs and Kalra had to leave the game at 86 runs.

The total of 251 for seven in 50 overs was easily defended as all-rounders Will Sutherland and Jason Rolston made good use of the seaming conditions to finish with three wickets each, while Austin Waugh, son of Steve Waugh, picked up two wickets as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 198 in 42.5 overs.

Shaw got a lifeline at 25 when he was caught behind off Will Sutherland but the bowlers had stepped over the line and the ball was given a no-ball. Still, their contributions built a very strong front for the team, and then Shubman Gill gave an exceptional performance, hitting out 63 runs that took the the team to a very good 250 runs mark.

Prithvi Shaw was crowned the man of the match for his knock of 94.

The Group B encounter between the former champion sides was termed as one of the biggest matches of the group stages and by the end, India had shown their all-round mettle to emerge victorious by a convincing margin of 100 runs.

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