India beat Australia in Final

Marsha Scott
February 4, 2018

Preview: Unstoppable so far, India would be aiming to rewrite record books with a fourth title when the Rahul Dravid-coached side squares off against an equally formidable Australia in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi too took to twitter and said, "Congratulations Team India on your resounding U-19 Cricket World Cup win!"

The gulf between them and other teams was clearly evident. "I've personally learnt a lot about other players and what they have done". Porel gets the ball to jump off a good length and has surprised batsmen in the semi-final and final. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi shared six wickets between them and put on view some serious pace, for which they found themselves under the spotlight.

Opening batsmen Kalra comes from the "stand and deliver" school of batting. Gill was outdone by a smart piece of work from Param Uppal, to whom he danced down the wicket and got bowled for 31- his first score of under 50 in the tournament. They topped their group with convincing wins over Australia, Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe before crushing Bangladesh by 131 runs in the quarterfinals.

It was an innings checkpointed by big hits, kickstarted by a mammoth over long on from a free hit, and the result effectively confirmed when legspinner Lloyd Pope was deposited onto the banks. India beat Australia in the final by 8 wickets in a one sided match. We have to make them ready for the seniors. Right from the first match, they had been in absolute control. "We will stick to our process and will try to execute it on the field", Shaw said.

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"I would say he should give up at least a couple of matches in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy".

Harvik Desai had butter fingers behind the stumps - he dropped three chances in all - and there were a couple of overthrows that saw them needless concede runs, all of which allowed Australia to get off to a good start in front of a buzzing crowd at the Bay Oval.

Kalra's fifty came off just 47 deliveries and Australia looked down and out by the 20th over at the end of which India were comfortably placed at 125 for one.

"The 100-run loss does not bother me at all". The venue for the final is the same, but the team is different.

The batting legend said, "I am really proud of the boys, proud of the effort that they have put in and proud of the support staff as well". Although Gill fell after forging a partnership of 60, India were comfortably placed at the middle stages of the innings. "We wouldn't say we are underdogs". We have played together for 1-2 years.

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