India began their campaign for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 on a winning note, defeating Australia by a massive 100-run margin in their first game on Sunday. Captain Prithvi Shaw led from the front, top scoring with 94 of off 100 balls, as India piled up a massive 328 for seven.
Three-time champions Australia were bowled out for 228 in 42.5 overs. Fast bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, (3-29) and Shivam Mavi (3-45), were among the stars in what was a good all-round performance by India.
Big Opening Stand
Prithvi Shaw’s knock was studded with eight boundaries, including two sixes. At one point, former West Indian quickie Ian Bishop, who was in the commentary box, exclaimed, “That is Tendulkar”.
The opening stand of 180 between Shaw and fellow opener Manjot Kalra (86) laid the foundation for a big score. There was no respite for the Aussies even after Shaw and Kalra departed, with Shubman Gill scoring 63.
Chasing a target of 329, Australia began falling behind the asking rate rather early in their innings.
At 137-4 in the 32nd over, they faced a situation where they had to accelerate come what may. It is here that India managed to put them under even greater pressure, squeezing out wickets at regular intervals.
Impressive Fast Bowling
The Indian fast bowlers were on the mark from the word go, impressing Ian Bishop. He was full of praise for Nagarkoti, saying that not only did he generate pace, he was spot on with his line and length as well.
Ishan Porel, the pace sensation from West Bengal, however, had to leave the field after bowling 4.1 overs, with what was described as niggle in his knee. Porel has been impressive on the domestic circuit, taking 13 wickets in three matches in the last domestic season.
Another Waugh On The Cricket Field
The match marked the debut of Austin Waugh, son of legendary Australian captain Steve Waugh. He could not make much of a mark though, scoring 6 off 14 balls, as his father watched from the sidelines.
After the match ended, Steve Waugh and Rahul Dravid were seen in deep conversation, perhaps recalling their own playing days.
Speaking after the match, Prithvi Shaw praised the fast bowlers and said that the team was getting used to the conditions for the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018.