India U-19 are off to a winning start in the ICC U19 World Cup 2018 as they defeated Australia U-19 in their opening match. India win by 100 runs bundling out the Aussies at 228, defending a big total of 328/7.
The pacers did well to not give Australia any momentum in the game. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti took three wickets each which dismantled the Aussie batting line up. Spinners Abhishek Sharma and Anukul Roy scalped a victim each.
It was a match worth forgetting for the Australians. Their star of the match was Jack Edwards who top scored with 73 runs and picked up four wickets for 65 runs.
Earlier in the match, Indian captain Prithvi Shaw won the toss and decided to bat first. Shaw missed out a ton by 6 runs but he and Manjot Kalra put up a huge partnership of 180 runs.
Shaw was dismissed on 94 when he edged the ball to the keeper, while Kalra was caught at mid-wicket and was dismissed at 86.
Their opening stand left Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan's opening wicket record of 174 runs in U-19 World Cup for India behind.
Former India cricketers reacted to this outstanding performance by the India junior team.
Here is who tweeted what:
Great start by the U19s..2 very impressive quick bowlers to watch out for #U19CWC— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) January 14, 2018
Congratulations India. A really comprehensive beginning. Nagarkoti and Mavi very impressive and the batting looking really formidable as well. Great start #U19CWC— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 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
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
Dont take away anything from these fantastic young India 19 blowers but Don’t get hyped up with the speedometer. It doent stay the same. It all abt performing n beating the bat #under19worldcup #india— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 14, 2018