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Unbeaten hundred from Manjot Kalra guides Rahul Dravid’s team to an eight-wicket win in the Under-19 World Cup final at Mount Maunganui
India's Under-19 World Cup winners
India Under-19 220 for 2 (Kalra 101*, Desai 47*, Gill 31) beat Australia Under-19 216 all out (Merlo 76, Uppal 34, Anukul 2-32, Shiva Singh 2-36) by eight wickets
Set 217 to win, Kalra’s 101 from 102 marshalled India to their second-highest chase in Under-19 World Cup history and their fourth title.
The opener put on an opening stand of 71 with Prithvi Shaw and subsequently shared partnerships of 60 and 89* with Shubman Gill and Harvik Desai to see the favourites comfortably over the line.
Earlier in the piece, Jason Merlo’s 76 from 102 deliveries helped to get Australia back on track after losing their top three for 59. Merlo and Param Uppal added 75 for the fourth wicket and Nathan McSweeney combined with Merlo for another 49 as Australia reached 183 for five with 10.4 overs remaining.
The green and gold, however, could not push on from there and lost their final five wickets for 34 runs and left 14 deliveries unused. 216 would prove to be well short of competitive.
India’s tournament started at the same venue, against the same opposition. The winning margin on January 14 was 100 runs and in the final it was comprehensive once again.
Everything Dravid’s young stars have done has been just that, comprehensive.
They have soared to victory unbeaten throughout the tournament. The winning margins in those matches?
100 runs, 10 wickets, 10 wickets, 131 runs, 203 runs, eight wickets.
Kalra's unbeaten century leads India to victory