Extraordinary scenes at the Bay Oval as India win the U-19 Cricket World Cup
It has been a tournament worth watching as the level of cricket played by all the teams have been absolutely amazing. But at the end there could be only one winner and believe it or not its India who came out on top thrashing everyone who came their way right from the start of the tournament.
It was the U-19 Cricket World Cup final today at the Bay Oval and it was India and Australia, two heavyweight cricketing nations who came out to the field with only one aim which was to lift the World Cup trophy. Coached by former Indian skipper and legendary batsman Rahul Dravid, team India went into the match clearly as the favourites, keeping in mind their spectacular form throughout the series.
On the other hand the Aussies, who had earlier been defeated by this Indian side in the early stages of the tournament looked determined to outclass their opponents this time around. There were much hopes from both the sides who had given their all throughout the tournament in order to reach the final.
It was Australia who won the toss and elected to bat first. The Aussie batting card was filled with contributions from many players but there was not many who could turn their starts into big scores. It was only Jonathan Merlo who looked solid at the middle of the crease as he scored a quality 76 runs which helped his side reach a score of 216. The Indian bowlers did pretty well as they picked up wickets at regular intervals and did not let the Aussie batters settle down.
Looking at the Indian batting line up and the score put up by their opponents, India clearly had the upper hand in the game at the break. But the team still had the task to be completed and they did it in style which portrays a lot about their dedication and talent. It took the champions just 38.5 overs to chase the target and all the credit goes to Manjot Kalra who played a gem of an innings.
The left hander saw away both pace and spin and guided his team to victory with ease scoring 101 of just 102 deliveries. Wicket-keeper Harvik Desai supported him well and also stayed unbeaten at the crease at a score of 47. The Aussie bowlers looked dull and out of ideas and failed to pick up the necessary wickets, in the end finishing second best to a superior Indian side.
As soon as the winning runs were scored the Indian players charged onto the ground and the excitement were clearly visible on their faces. Rahul Dravid walked onto the field slowly as a proud mentor of a very talented and young side. This is indeed a proud moment for the whole country and could well be a warning sign for other nations.