U19 World Cup: India post 328 against Australia
The Men in Blue are off to a great start in their ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 campaign, as the Indian team posted a huge total of 328 runs against Australia at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.
Pritvi Shaw winning the toss did not hesitate to bat first on a seeming flat track.
The openers, Shaw and Manjot Kalra led India's surge from the front. Both the batsmen started cautiously playing out first six overs for just 27 runs. It was a six from Shaw who opened the floodgates for India.
After that, both the players changed their gear and took on the Aussie bowling attack as India crossed the 50-run mark in the 10th over.
Both Kalra and Shaw missed out on individual centuries. Shaw was dismissed on 94 when he edged the ball to the keeper, while Kalra was caught at mid-wicket and was dismissed at 86.
They had an opening stand of 180 and with that, they soon overtook Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan's opening wicket record of 174 runs in U-19 World Cup for India.
In the end, Shubman Gill played a fiery innings of 63 runs to help India cross the 300-run mark, while Abhishek Sharma 8-ball 23, provided the late flourish.
He fell to Edwards for an 8-ball 23. This was also the highest-ever total against Australia in an U19 World Cup; surpassing previous best by Ireland.
India closed their innings on 328 for 7.
For Australia, the pick of the bowlers was Jack Edwards who took four wickets for 65 runs.
India: Prithvi Shaw (C), Shubman Gill, Aryan Juyal, Abhishek Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Harvik Desai, Manjot Kalra, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pankaj Yadav, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel, Himanshu Rana, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh.
Australia: Jason Sangha (C), Will Sutherland, Xavier Bartlett, Max Bryant, Jack Edwards, Zak Evans, Jarrod Freeman, Ryan Hadley, Baxter Holt, Nathan McSweeney, Jonathan Merlo, Lloyd Pope, Jason Ralston, Param Uppal, Austin Waugh.