Prithvi Shaw's knock powers India to 100 run-win against Australia


Though Shaw, 18, got only 16 in India's warm-up match against South Africa, he put up a stable opening stand of 54 with Manjot Kalra as India thrashed their opponents by 189 runs.

India made a winning start to their 2018 Under-19 World Cup campaign in New Zealand, ticking most of the boxes in their 100-run win against Australia at Mount Maunganui on Sunday. Openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra provided a great platform for the other batsmen and were able to surpass India's previous best opening stand in the Under-19 World Cup.

The bowlers went out with an all out attack as Shivam Mavi 3/45 and Kamlesh Nagarkot 3/29 bundled out the top threats from the Australia batting line-ups.

There was no respite for the Australians even after their departure with Shubhman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock. Nagarkoti clocked 146.8 kmph as his fastest delivery and Mavi wasn't far behind at 144.5 kmph.

It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead, they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk- free batting.

Shaw, though, missed out on a century by six runs as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland. Shaw scored 94 off 100 balls against the Australians to helping the Indians trounce the Aussies by a staggering 100-run victory. His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 which came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and on over the ropes.

Gerald Coetzee finished the South African innings with a flourish and his 36 off 14 balls included two fours and three sixes.

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.

India next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday.

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