- India won by 8 wickets
- They chased down 217
- Kalra made 101
India sealed off a perfect campaign at the U19 World Cup with a superb victory in the final against Australia by 8 wickets. With the tournaments and arguably the world’s two best teams going head to head in the final in the Bay Oval. An impeccable performance by India with both bat and ball saw the lift the trophy and become the first team in the world to win the title for the fourth time.
Australia got off to a good start as their openers maintained a run a ball run rate to reach 30 from the first five overs. The departure of Max Bryant saw a mini-collapse by the Aussies as they soon found themselves crawling at 59-3 after a good start. Uppal and Merlo steadied the ship as they stitched together a partnership of 75 for the fourth wicket. A caught and bowled by Roy sent Uppal (34) packing and left Merlo fighting alone cause. It was only his determined innings of 76 that saw Australia get past 200 and post 216 on the board. An excellent effort by the Indian bowlers saw them win half the battle and set up the perfect platform for the Indian batsmen to bring the title home. An all-round effort by the bowlers saw Singh, Porel, Nagarkoti and Roy all pick up two wickets.
India hardly broke a sweat as they chased down the target with ease, breezing to victory in just 39 overs. Delhi boy Manjot Kalra was in fine form as he struck one of the best innings of the tournament. His 101 off just 102 balls gave Australia no scope in the game and saw Indian win by 8 wickets. He was well aided by wicket-keeper Desai (47) with the two of them seeing India past the winning line. Kalra was rightly adjudged the man of the match for his match winning sensational inning.
The win showed that under the guidance of Rahul Dravid the future of Indian cricket is in good hands. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours and hope for many many more successes.