India begins campaign with big win

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Shaw and Prithvi put up the highest-ever opening partnership for India in the U-19 World Cup before both opener fell agonisingly close to their hundreds.

Mount Maunganui: Optimism mingled with an eagerness to know what lies ahead as India's potential future stars gear up to lock horns with Australia in their big- ticket campaign opener of the ICC U-19 World Cup here, Sunday.

There was no respite for the Australians even after their departure with Shubhman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock.

The Indian pace trio of Mavi, Nagarkot and Ishan Porel clocked over 145 km per hour during their spells. The two pacers tested Australians with their nagging off-stump line.

Edwards returned figures of 4/65 with his right-arm medium pace and was the only Australian who stood up to the Indian bowlers, posting a 90-ball 73 before being bowled by left-arm spinner Anukul Roy. Jonathan Merlo (38) tried his best in the middle order and stumper Baxtor Holt (39) resisted in a rearguard fight but both were undone by Mavi.

It was a six from Shaw which opened the floodgates for India. It was not that Shaw and Klara plundered boundaries, instead they raised their knocks with some stupendous risk-free batting.

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Alongside Shaw, who has created ripples with his exploits in the domestic circuit for Mumbai, there is Himanshu Rana, who has also amased plenty of runs in Youth ODIs. The contribution of the tail-enders was vast, especially with Abhishek Sharma putting up a useful 23 off just 8 deliveries.

Shaw was dismissed on 94 when he edged the ball to the keeper, while Kalra was caught at mid-wicket and was dismissed at 86.

South Africa captain Raynard van Tonder struck 143 off 121 balls, an innings that included 14 fours and five sixes, as 2014 champions thrashed Kenya by 169 runs in Group A. A well-constructed half century by the captain was laced with one six and four boundaries.

Jack Edwards grabbed four wickets for Australia while Param Uppal, Will Sutherland and Austin Waugh dismissed one Indian batsman each.

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