India have cruised to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Australia in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup final at Tauranga in New Zealand, lifts the trophy for a record fourth time.
The Indian bowlers staged a terrific comeback to dismiss Australia for 216 while a brilliant century by Manjot Kalra, backed up by able bowling performances by Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Ankul Roy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti sealed the deal for the Indian side.
Earlier, Australia, who got off to a good start after skipper Jason Sangha won the toss, was all out for 216 in 47.2 overs. The openers were dispatched back to the Pavillion fairly quickly by Ishan Porel and save for Jonathan Merlo’s solid 76, the Australian side fell like a house of cards. Merlo’s was the highest score on the side.
Gill was awarded Man of the Tournament, while Kalra was Man of the Match.
India U-19: Prithvi Shaw (captain), Manjot Kalra, Shubman Gill, Harvik Desai(wk), Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, Anukul Roy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Shiva Singh, Ishan Porel
Australia U-19: Jack Edwards, Max Bryant, Jason Sangha(captain), Jonathan Merlo, Param Uppal, Nathan McSweeney, Will Sutherland, Baxter J Holt(wk), Zak Evans, Ryan Hadley, Lloyd Pope