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India beat Australia by 8 wickets, clinch record 4th Under-19 World Cup title

India created history as they become the first side to win four ICC Under-19 World Cup titles. Prithvi Shaw and co tamed Jason Sangha’s Australia by 8 wickets to clinch the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup title at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga on Saturday.

While India lost the toss on a pitch that was said to be a belter, the bowlers put up their hand and bundled out Australia for a paltry 216. India then put up a dominating show with the bat, with Manjot Kalra scoring an unbeaten hundred to become only the second Indian and fifth overall to do so in the ICC U-19 World Cup final.

While Jonathan Merlo scored a gritty fifty, the Indian bowlers, who struck at regular intervals, bundled out Australia for 216 in the 2018 ICC Under-19 World Cup final at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga on Saturday.

Ishan Porel (2//30), Anukul Roy (2/32) Shiva Singh (2/36) and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (2/41) scalped two wickets each to deny Australia a chance to score a big total on the board after they elected to bat on a pitch, that was said to be a belter.

Australia enjoyed a brisk start, with openers Max Bryant and Jack Edwards, who rode his luck, playing shots to take Australia to 32/0 after five overs. However, Ishan Porel, who broke Pakistan’s back in the semifinals. struck twice in quick succession to remove Edwards and Bryant before Kamlesh Nagarkoti reduced Australia to 59/3 by removing skipper Jason Sangha.

While Param Uppal and Merlo stitched a 75-run partnership, Anukul Roy broke Uppal’s vigil to end the partnership. Nathan McSweeney joined Merlo as the two put in 49 runs together. But then Shiva Singh’s double strike left Australia reeling as the left-arm spinner dismissed McSweeney and Will Sutherland in quick succession.

Merlo, who had held the Australian innings together, was left with no other option but to play his strokes and one such shot ended his innings as Anukul got him out in the deep as Shiva took a neat catch running in. Australia were 212/7 when Merlo got out and the India did not allow the Australian lower-order any breathing space as they scalped last three wickets for four runs to get all out for 216.

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