India begins campaign with big win

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The Men in Blue are off to a great start in their ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 campaign, as the Indian team on Sunday beat Australia by 100 runs, here at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui in New Zealand.

Indian captain Prithvi Shaw had earlier won the toss and chose to bat first.

The Indian pace trio of Mavi, Nagarkot and Ishan Porel clocked over 145 km per hour during their spells. 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.

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Reacting to a Shaw drive off the front foot, Bishop said the shot reminded him of Sachin Tendulkar. So we don't really mind chasing too much. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland's son Will is also in the national squad.

Fellow opener Manjot Kalra gave his skipper excellent support from the other end with a 99-ball 86 which included 12 boundaries and a six.

Shubman Gill scored 63 runs with six fours and a six to his name. Punjab's Shubhman Gill at number three is one of the most exciting young batsmen going around, and with a few impressive first-class games this Ranji Trophy season, he will have gained in confidence.The top-order's performance is likely to be crucial to India's chances in the tournament.

Abhishek Sharma though managed to come up with a 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark.

Lakshan slammed a fine unbeaten 101 from 120 deliveries with the help of eight fours and one six. It was Edwards, who dismissed Rana and then later added wickets of Abhishek and Shiva Singh (10) to his tally.

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