India's street to the Final

India's street to the Final

India thrashed Australia by eight wickets to lift a record-breaking fourth ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup title on Saturday.

So in a nutshell, the time has come to separate the Men from the Boys as two of the hot favourites in the tournament, India and Australia, battle it out for the ultimate prize at the Under 19 level of world cricket. Shubman Gill took over the field and his outstanding partnership with Kalra entertained the spectators until Param Uppal bowled him in 21st over.

The Australian bowling will be boosted by the return of fast bowlers Ryan Hadley and Zak Evans, who had missed the first game against India through minor injuries. India will take on Australia in the final match of the tournament.

Set a sub-par target of 217 after Australia had won the toss on Saturday and opted to bat, India always looked in control, with their ability to build partnerships key in reaching 2-220 in the 38.5 overs. Rahul Dravid the head coach of the India U19 team will get the biggest cheque worth - INR 50 lakhs while all the players of the team will be awarded INR 30 lakhs each.

There's very little chance they will tinker with the combination that has worked for them throughout the tournament, especially for the punches they landed on Pakistan in a high-pressure semifinal contest.

India were 23 for no loss against Australia when rain stopped play in the U-19 World Cup final at the Bay Oval ground today.

It has been a good ICC 2018 Under-19 World Cup for the Indian team so far.

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After many attempts, Australian pacer Will Sutherland claimed his first wicket and dismissed skipper Shaw with 41-ball 29 in hand during the 11th over. As the campaign has wore on, India's batsmen have assumed the kind of prominence that they are expected to.

Get past the Indian top three, break into the untested middle order. "I'm feeling on top of the world".

It was India's sixth appearance in the under-19 final. We have played some really good cricket and we are confident in our performance and how we are going to go.

Australia's Lloyd Pope is also in contention to finish as the tournament's leading wicket-taker, sitting just one wicket behind Roy following his 8-35 against England in the quarter-finals.

India XI: P Shaw*, M Kalra, S Gill, H Desai (wk), R Parag, A Sharma, A Roy, K Nagarkoti, S Mavi, S Singh, I Porel.

All-rounder Jonathan Merlo was the highest scorer for Australia with 76.