Australia limited to 216 by brilliant Indian Bowlers

Australia had a great start with their prominent Jonathan Merlo hitting runs. It was when the left-arm spinners Anukul Roy and Shiva Singh sprung into action, that they were able to contain team Australia with a total of 216.

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At one point Australia was 183-4, and it looked the team is well balanced and will reach a total score of 250 or more easily. But Indian spinners did their magic and were able to restrict the Jason Sangha led Australian U19 team to 216, taking 6 wickets leaking only 33 runs.

Australia without any hesitation got on the field first to bat, was not able to fully to exploit the opportunity as there were no big partnerships in sight.

Merlo and Param Uppal contributed a total of 75 runs for the fourth wicket. Uppal got in 34, while the top scorer, Merlo was able to take Australia after the wicket of Uppal, making a partnership of 49-runs with McSweeney who contributed 23 runs.

But soon Indian spinner Shiva got into the act and took the wicket of Sweeney, leaving the opponents at 185 for five. It was a bowl and caught wicket, similar as Uppal was bowled by Roy. Spinners have taken on the Aussie batsmen in a very strategic manner, giving them a tough time.

Although spinners were bowling under high pressure in the middle overs, the Indian pacers were comfortable with their deliveries from the beginning till the end of the inning.

Dismissal of Max Bryant (14) and Jack Edwards (28)showed that it is not an easy surface to play on as it is on the slower side. It was pacer Ishan Porel (2/30) who took wickets of both the openers.

It was bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti (2/41) who took the wicket of Australian skipper Jason Sangha (13)who was caught behind the wickets by the wicket-keeper.

Concluding the Australian side, Nagarkoti along with Shivam Mavi took out Baxter Bolt for 13 runs.