Manjot Kalra’s majestic century led India to such tectonic accomplishment. Following Unmukt Chand, Kalra is the second Indian to score a hundred. The match was played at Mount Maunganui on Saturday. However, India did not have the same fate as seniors for Champions Trophy or for women’s in the Women’s world cup.
Kalra started off with a 71-run stand with Prithvi Shaw, contributed to a partnership of 89 runs. Shaw and Kalra went all guns blazing from the beginning. They made complete use of the full-length deliveries as well as the extra runs that were thrown their way. India was at 23 runs for no loss in the 4th over when rain halted the play.
A similar rain-curtailed match in 2008 was won against South Africa by 12 runs. The game resumed soon, Kalra and Shaw continued their play and garnered 50-run partnership. Sutherland provided the breakthrough that removed Shaw for 29. Then came Gill who was a fiddle to Kalra who was interested in bigger shots.
Now even Merlo was called into action who was the star with 4 wickets in the first match against India. In this game, Kalra made his second fifty in the tournament.
Uppal’s introduction proved fruitful. He was able to end the partnership between Kalra and Gill at 60 runs. Inside edge got the better of Gill for 31. Good length deliveries from Australian bowlers slowed the pace of Indian team. However, Kalra’s massacre didn’t cease to exist. Desai’s last-minute cameo was also acknowledged in addition to Kalra’s performance.India required running a ball to reach the target. In the last over, Kalra got his century while Desai got his winning shot.
Just when Australia was building match-winning partnerships, they were regularly halted by Shiva Singh, Ishan Porel, Anukul Roy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. Roy is one of the highest wicket-takers in the tournament.
Nagarkoti handed another blow to Australia by taking the wicket of Jason Sangha. At that moment the opponents were in a dire need of s partnership. The need was fulfilled by the 75-run stand between Merlo and Uppal. However, Uppal lobbed the delivery to Roy for an easy catch.
Nathan McSweeney who came next batted upfront complimenting Merlo. He built a 49-run stand with the top scorer for the sixth wicket. Roy took Merlos’ wicket. Zak Evans was sent back to the pavilion by Nagarkoti and Baxter Hot was bagged by Singh. Shivam Mavi dismissed Ryan Hadley.
India finished the ICC U19 World Cup with the title. Manjot Kalra bagged Man of the Match title and Shubham Gill was crowned Man of the Series.