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India defeats Australian cricket team by 100 runs

14 January 2018

Bay Oval: In the lines of some terrific knocks of skipper Prithvi Shaw, Manjot Kalra and Shubham Gill, India Under-19 Cricket team registered a massive 100-run victory over Australia in its first game of U19 World Cup at Mount Maunganui here on Sunday.

Australian team had a very strong competition and they started decently enough, Jack Edwards made a respectable, 73 runs, but his partners were weak, and could hold on a steady partnership, thus the wickets began to fall quickly and steadily, making it hard for the team to recover. He followed up his four for 65 with a 90-ball 73 that also included six fours and a six.

The young Australians struggled to make early inroads with the ball, as India put on 180 for the first wicket thanks with captain Privthi Shaw (94) and Manjot Kalra (86) leading the way.

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There were no steady partnerships after their departure even as Gill kept one end solid with his 54-ball knock which had six fours and a six. Baxter Holt and Jonathan Merlo scored 39 and 38 runs respectively for the team.

In their turn at the wicket, Australia lost wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed for 228.

Australia's next match is against Zimbabwe at Lincoln on 17 January. This was South Africa's second highest total in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup after their 359 for six against Namibia in 2012.

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Abhishek Sharma provided a late flourish to the Indian innings with an 8-ball 23.

Kenya were never in the chase and eventually finished at 172 for seven in 50 overs after being reduced to 50 for four in the 19th over and then 98 for six in the 34th over. J. Edwards top scored for Australia with 78.

Ireland sniffed victory when they reduced Sri Lanka to 9-2 and 51-3 but Pothotuwa Arachchige Dhananjaya (101no) and captain Pasqual Mendis (74no) subsequently steered the Asian side to victory with an unbroken partnership of 157.

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India defeats Australian cricket team by 100 runs