India reach U19 finals

  • Nachiket Chavan

India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-sided affair to book a match against Australia in finals.

Having won the toss, Indian captain Prithvi Shaw elected to bat first. His decision reaped rich dividends as India scored at almost run a ball before losing their first wicket of Shaw- a runout when the scoreboard read 89. His partner Kalra was out immediately after that but the batting mainstay for India Shubman Gill steadied the ship with partner keeper Desai.

Thereafter, Shubman Gill scored from one end and India lost wicket from another end before finally getting a 67 run partnership with Roy reaching 233 runs in 45 overs. Gill took his chances after Roy’s wicket and eventually helped India reach the total of 272 for 9 while scoring his and India’s first hundred of tournament 102*(94). He was also helped by some dropped catches and missed runout chances by Pakistani fielders.

The second innings too started on a positive note for India as Shivam Mavi bowled three consecutive maidens while his bowling partner Ishan Porel took 4 out of top 5 wickets. Pakistan lost their top 5 batsmen for the score of 37 and by then had lost momentum and hope. Costliest U19 player Nagarkoti went wicketless, however.

After that Indian spinner took the charge and both Singh and Parag took two wickets each while Sharma and Roy took one wicket each. The last wicket fell on 69, which meant India won the semis by a whopping 203 runs.

Having lost 2016 final to Windies, India and coach Dravid would try and make sure India capitalize on important moments and win against Australia like they did in their first match.

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