Lots at stake for India U-19 colts

Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Sourav Ganguly

Prithvi Shaw's knock against Australia in ICC U-19 World Cup reminds this West Indies legend of Sachin Tendulkar

Indian pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti then picked up three wickets each as the Australians were dismissed for 228 in 42.5 overs.

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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. Nagarkoti hit the deck consistently at a speed in the range of 150kmph and was well supported by Mavi, who also clocked 145 at times.

In reply, Max Bryant (29) and Edwards got Australia off to a solid start, before No.4 Jonathan Merlo chipped in with 38. The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw's decision to bat in their tournament-opener.

The Group B encounter between the former champion sides was termed as one of the biggest matches of the group stages and by the end, India had shown their all-round mettle to emerge victorious by a convincing margin of 100 runs. 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. The middle-order is likely to be manned by Anukul Roy and Abhishek Sharma, and they would certainly want to make heir presence felt.

Shaw led from ther front, scoring 94 runs in a 100-ball innings which contained eight boundaries and a couple of sixes.

Alongside Shaw, who has created ripples with his exploits in the domestic circuit for Mumbai, there is Himanshu Rana, who has also amased plenty of runs in Youth ODIs.

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

As Indian batsmen looked for some quick runs, Australian medium fast bowler Jack Edwards ended up taking four wickets.It was Edwards, who dismissed Rana and then later added wickets of Abhishek and Shiva Singh (10) to his tally.

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