Shaw, Kalra script easy win for India over Australia

Prithvi Shaw's knock against Australia in ICC U-19 World Cup reminds this West Indies legend of Sachin Tendulkar

Prithvi Shaw's knock against Australia in ICC U-19 World Cup reminds this West Indies legend of Sachin Tendulkar

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. Shivam Mavi (8.5-1.45-3) and K.L. Nagarkoti (7-1-29-3) sizzled with the ball for India.

While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw, as the vital cog in the team's batting wheel.

Allrounder Jack Edward's star act was in vain for Australia, with the 17-year-old NSW product collecting 4-65 off nine overs before top-scoring with 73 runs opening the batting.

Raynard van Tonder's player-of-the-match knock of 143 anchored South Africa to a mammoth 7-341, with the skipper compiling a 125-run partnership with Jiveshan Pillay (62) for the second wicket. Shaw and Kalra maintained the run-rate in the middle overs setting up a flawless platform for the middle-order.


The seriousness of their pace wasn't lost on anyone but former India opener Virender Sehwag in particular looked impressed as he took to Twitter to congratulate the team following the win. India went past 100-run mark in the 18th over, with Kalra once again taking two boundaries in one over bowled by legspinner Llyod Pope. However, Shaw fell six short of a well-deserved century as he tried to slash at a back of length delivery from Sutherland and was caught by the wicketkeeper.

They put together an opening stand of 180 runs to gift a strong foundation to the Indian innings.

Shubman Gill (63) also raised the bat for India, while Victorian Will Sutherland (1-55) and Param Uppal (1-35) among Australia's better performers with the ball.

India are the three-time world champions, with the last victory coming in 2014.

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