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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Prithvi Shaw 'can't express what I'm feeling now' after India win U19 Cricket World Cup

Manjot Kalra hits unbeaten century to lead country to win by eight wickets at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand

Opener Manjot Kalra smacked an unbeaten 101 in even time as India easily disposed of Australia at Mount Maunganui on Sunday to win the Under 19 World Cup for a fourth time.

With Kalra scoring freely, India won by eight wickets as they chased down Australia's 216 all out with more than 11 overs to spare.

The opener's century included eight fours and three sixes, and he was well supported by wicketkeeper Harvik Desai, who was 47 not out when he finished the match with a boundary.

The pair put on 89 for the third wicket, while Prithvi Shaw scored 29 at the top of the innings and Shubman Gill added 31.

"I really can't express what I'm feeling now," captain Shaw said. "It was the final, a very crucial hundred from Manjot. Gill was batting really well. And the two pacers, Mavi and Kamlesh, [have] been excellent throughout the tournament."

Not surprisingly, Man of the Match Kalra felt the wicket was ideal for batting.

"I enjoyed it a lot. The conditions were good. Not a difficult wicket, it was flat and good to bat on," he said.

Australia's innings, all over in the 48th over, was held together by Jonathan Merlo's 76 after it fell apart despite a promising start.

Jack Edwards (28) and Max Bryant (14) batted at a run a ball through the first five overs.

But once both were dismissed by Ishan Porel, the steam went out of the Australian innings.

Merlo and Param Uppal (34) put on 75 for the fourth wicket but it took more than 17 overs, and there was little resistance from the following batsmen.

Porel finished with 2-30 while left-arm spinner Shiva Singh was instrumental in slowing the Australian run rate with 2-36.

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Kalra's feat

  • Becomes fifth batsman to score century in U19 final
  • Becomes second Indian to score century in U19 final after Unmukt Chand in 2012
  • Scored 122 in youth Test on tour of England
  • Bought by Delhi Daredevils for base price of two million Indian rupees (Dh115,000) in 2018 IPL auction