Shaw hits 94 as top-order fires India to 328/7 against Aussies

Prithvi Shaw scored 94 for India in their ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup match against Australia

Prithvi Shaw scored 94 for India in their ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup match against Australia

Opting to bat first, Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra thoroughly frustrated the Australians, posting a mammoth 180-run partnership for the opening wicket.

India defeated Australia by 100 runs in their opening match of Under 19 cricket world cup on Sunday.

Prithvi Shaw will lead Team India. Nagarkoti clocked 146.8 kmph as his fastest delivery and Mavi wasn't far behind at 144.5 kmph. The two pacers tested Australians with their nagging off-stump line.

Allrounder Jack Edward's star act was in vain for Australia, with the 17-year-old NSW product collecting 4-65 off nine overs before top-scoring with 73 runs opening the batting. Jonathan Merlo (38) tried his best in the middle order and stumper Baxtor Holt (39) resisted in a rearguard fight but both were undone by Mavi.

The splendid top-order batting vindicated Shaw's decision to bat in their tournament-opener.

It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead, they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk- free batting. Shaw, though, missed out on a century as he was caught behind off Will Sutherland, son of former Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

India next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. Shaw scored 94 off 100 balls against the Australians to helping the Indians trounce the Aussies by a staggering 100-run victory. Still, their contributions built a very strong front for the team, and then Shubman Gill gave an exceptional performance, hitting out 63 runs that took the the team to a very good 250 runs mark.

Gerald Coetzee finished the South African innings with a flourish and his 36 off 14 balls included two fours and three sixes.

Harris has said "We've got guys like leg-spinner Lloyd Pope who has taken plenty of wickets at underage level, Jack Edwards who scored a big hundred in our recent Under 19 National Championships final and Jason Sangha, the captain, who made a big hundred against England and has scored a lot of runs in grade cricket".

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