Aussie U19s defeated in World Cup opener

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Mount Maunganui: India has won their first game of the ICC U-19 World Cup in Mount Maunganui on Sunday by defeating Australia by 100 runs.

While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw as the a vital cog in the team's batting wheel. Abhishek Sharma though managed to come up with a 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark. he hit two sixes and as many fours. Spinners Abhishek Sharma and Anukul Roy took one wicket apiece.

While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw, as the vital cog in the team's batting wheel.

Brief scores: India 328/7 in 50 overs (Prithvi Shaw 94, Manjot Kalra 84, Shubman Gill 63; Jack Edwards 4-65) beat Australia 228 all out in 42.5 overs (Jack Edwards 73; Kamlesh Nagarkoti 3-29, Shivam Mavi 3-45) by 100 runs.

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Captain Raynard van Tonder slammed a stroke-filled 143 off 121 balls, smashing 14 fours and five sixes, and was associated in a 125-run second-wicket stand with left-handed opener Jiveshan Pillay (62 off 67 balls with seven fours and s six) as the team virtually batted the opposition out of the contest. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland's son Will is also in the national squad.

The Indian captain was, however, dismissed off the very next ball when he was caught by Baxter Holt on the off-side.

There were no steady partnerships after their departure even as Gill kept one end solid with his 54-ball knock which had six fours and a six.

Prithvi Shaw was crowned the man of the match for his knock of 94. India are three-time champions, the last triumph coming in 2014. India are included in Group B with Australia, Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea.

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