India U-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw was on fire today as his 94-run knock helped India reach a massive score of 328/7 in the first innings of the ICC U-19 World Cup opener against Australia at the Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.
India's top three - captain Prithvi Shaw (94), Manjot Kalra (86) and Shubman Gill (63) - each passed fifty in their side's 328-7 while Australia seamer Jack Edwards bagged four wickets.
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. Nagarkoti hit the deck consistently at a speed in the range of 150kmph and was well supported by Mavi, who also clocked 145 at times.
Excellent all-round performance by Jack Edwards was the only bright spark for Australia.
India began the match on a solid note with Shaw and Kalra both looking stable.
Shaw got a life early in his innings when he nicked a good length delivery from pacer Will Sutherland to the wicketkeeper, but Sutherland had overstepped the line bowling his first delivery of the match.
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However, Australia lost their final eight wickets for just 83 despite a fighting knock of 39 off 30 balls from wicketkeeper Baxter Holt. The Indian captain faced 100 balls and scored eight boundaries, including two sixes in his knock.
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The Indian total was the highest ever by any team against Australia in an U19 World Cup.
Shubman Gill then hammered home the advantage with 63 runs off 54 balls with six boundaries and a six.
Australia were troubled by the pace of the Indian bowlers and then the spinners choked them with asking rate creeping up on a constant basis.
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.