India Won the Under-19 World Cup

India, who were playing for the record sixth final have won for the record-fourth time as well, previous was being in 2000, 2008, and 2012. India registered an 8 wicket handsome win over the Aussies to lift the cup.

COA head Vinod Rai and member Diana Eduljee heaped praise on the title-winning team and they also had only good things to say about coach and mentor Dravid.

Former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi also took to Twitter to congratulated India and the team on their win.

In the current edition, India were the overwhelming favourites and they played like one, dishing out dominant performances one after the other. Another fast bowler in the team, Ishan Porel then ran through Pakistan as the team from across the border succumbed to 69 all out.

Kalra's fifty came off just 47 deliveries and Australia looked down and out by the 20th over at the end of which India were comfortably placed at 125 for one.

Allrounder Jonathan Merlo anchored the innings on Saturday with a 102-ball 76, but found only limited support as a fired-up Indian team bowled Australia out in 47.2 overs at Mount Maunganui. The two hared 89 runs for the third wicket in what turned out to be a match-winning partnership.

He hammered the spinners for huge sixes and showed his silken touch by beautifully driving the pacers through covers.

Kalra too was not far behind as he plundered three more fours in the 11th over from Edwards (0-15). "It's only because of the advanced treatment in New Zealand that he could play in the three knockout matches", added the coach.

His best performance came against Australia when he dismantled their batting line-up picking up 3 wickets for 45.

Australia, who had little vacillation in batting first, were guilty of not converting starts into big partnerships. Sangha finished as Australia's highest run-scorer with 229 at 38.16, while Nathan McSweeney hit the team's only century with his 156 against PNG helping him to a tournament average of 70.33.

At the rate the Indian batsmen were going, Australia would have needed to set a target closer to 300 to be competitive. Some lovely drives and punches flowed through his bat, albeit only for a brief time as he was deceived by Uppal's flight for a 30-ball 31. He drove through the line beautifully in languid style, and even went aerial, hitting the long ball down the ground. Faced with a wicket that was supposed to favour the side that batted first, it was logical that Australia, who won the toss, would choose to do just that.

  • Joey Payne