Indian colts lift U-19 World Cup title

by Garry Watts February 4, 2018, 1:01
Indian colts lift U-19 World Cup title

Some dip on the third ball and Desai defends.

Kalra drove through the line beautifully in languid style, and even went aerial, hitting the long ball down the ground. Four overs and 20 runs later, Edwards (28) also fell to Porel.

A magnificent hundred from Manjot Kalra helped India secure the 2018 Under 19 Cricket World Cup title, beating Australia by eight wickets. Team India scored a 2/220 in 38.5 overs with a bang on Australia.

A foot injury had nearly derailed his U19 World Cup campaign, but pacer Ishan Porel was desperate to contribute in Indian team's success, so he chose to play through pain, his coach Bibhash Das revealed on Saturday.

The coach is aware of the tough road ahead and said his ward should aim to be in India's team for the World Cup 2019.

Considering the kind of form India's batting was in, getting 217 was never going to be much of a hassle, and that's exactly how things panned out. The leader of them all was Manjot Kalra, who led India to victory with a fluent, unbeaten 102-ball 101. "The way he bowled and single-handedly won the match for India against Pakistan in the semifinal is highly commendable", he concluded before getting busy distributing candies in his locality. After putting a total of 272 on the board, they dismissed the opposition for a paltry 69. Wishes have poured in from across the nation and the boys deserve every bit of it.

India's batting has been at its lethal best.

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Manjot Kalra was adjudged as "Man of the Match" while Shubman Gill was awarded "Player of the Tournament". Gill finished as the top scorer of the tournament with 372 runs. On the day, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti stepped up too to announce their arrival on the world stage.

Once the spinners were done with their work, the pacers took over, as Australia failed to bat out 50 overs.

But with little pressure placed on them over the past three weeks, Sangha hopes his bowlers can expose their middle order on Saturday to reverse the result.

India's fielding has also been exemplary in the tournament so far.

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar congratulated the team's win via a video on social media.

Australia, on the other hand, would be desperate for revenge after their big loss to the Indians in tournament opener. After Merlo's dismissal, there was no fight back from other Australian batsman as their innings folded pretty quickly.

However, Jason Sangha-led Australian side's last two performances signal that they have upped their game when it mattered.

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