2/3/2018 1:44:50 PM

Kalra's unbeaten 101 guides India to U-19 World Cup title

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand: Opener Manjot Kalra smacked an unbeaten 101 in even time as India easily disposed of Australia to win the Under-19 World Cup for a fourth time.

With Kalra scoring freely, India won by eight wickets as they chased down Australia's 216 all out with more than 11 overs to spare. 

The opener's century included eight fours and three sixes, and he was well supported by wicketkeeper Harvik Desai, who was 47 not out when he finished the match with a boundary. 

The pair put on 89 for the third wicket, while Prithvi Shaw scored 29 at the top of the innings and Shubman Gill added 31.

"I really can't express what I'm feeling now," said captain Shaw. "It was the final, a very crucial hundred from Manjot. Gill was batting really well. And the two pacers, Mavi and Kamlesh, (have) been excellent throughout the tournament."

Man of the match Kalra, not surprisingly, felt the wicket was ideal for batting.

"I enjoyed it a lot. The conditions were good. Not a difficult wicket, it was flat and good to bat on," he said.

Australia's innings, all over in the 48th over, was held together by Jonathan Merlo's 76 after it fell apart despite a promising start. 

 

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