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India vs Australia U-19 World Cup Final: Manjot Kalra smashes century as India win U-19 World Cup 2018

India became the only nation to win the ICC U-19 World Cup four times. India remained undefeated throughout the tournament.

India are playing Australia in ICC U-19 World Cup final. India vs Australia ICC Under-19 World Final: Manjot Kalra struck a century in the final. (Cricket World Cup/Twitter)

Coming in to bat to chase a total of 217, India’s opening batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra got off to a strong start. The duo took their side to a total of 23/0 in 4 overs before rain interrupted the play for a short time. After the play resumed, both Shaw and Kalra, who have groomed under the tutelage of former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, did not lose their concentration and continued to pile on runs. Both once again went on to stitch a 50-run partnership, their 4th in this tournament. The duo took India to 55/0 in 10 overs. Skipper Prithvi Shaw was dismissed by Will Sutherland on 29 as Australia tasted their first success with the ball. But Shaw made way for the side’s best batsman, Shubman Gill, who has already scored three fifties and a ton in the tournament. Gill and Kalra continued to pile on runs and took India over 100 runs in the 16th over. Australia employed their best bowler Lloyd Pope in the hopes of getting a wicket but could not stop Manjot Kalra from completing his half century, his first in the tournament. Gill departed for 31, after he was cleaned up by Param Uppal. Kalra went on to smash his century as he and Harvik Desai took India to victory to clinch ICC U-19 World Cup.

India vs Australia ICC Under-19 World Cup Final highlights