Australia have faltered in their opening match of the Under-19 World Cup as India cruised to a comprehensive 100-run win on Sunday at Mount Maunganui's Bay Oval.
Both teams had notable absentees when they struggled - the likes of Jason Sangha for Australia, and Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill for India - but they will still be desperate to put those memories behind them with a strong opening performance in the World Cup opener. There was no respite for the Australian bowlers even after the departure of Shaw and Kalra 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.
The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw's decision to bat in their tournament-opener.
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Shaw, though, missed out on a century by six runs as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of former Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland. The Indian captain faced 100 balls and hit eight boundaries, including two sixes in his knock. Despite the top Aussie scorer Jack Edwards leading the team with 73 on board, their team was wiped out in 42.5 overs.
The middle order batsmen lost their wickets, trying to accelerate the run-rate as Himanshu Rana (14) and Anukul Roy (6) fell cheaply. India are included in Group B with Australia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea.
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.
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