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3rd February 2018: Ton-up Kalra and Bowlers Lead India to Fourth Under-19 World Cup

It was on this very day in 2018, a combined bowling performance, followed by Manjot Kalra's superb unbeaten 101 helped India thump Australia by eight wickets to lift their fourth ICC Under-19 World Cup title at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Cricketnext Staff |February 3, 2019, 3:42 PM IST
3rd February 2018: Ton-up Kalra and Bowlers Lead India to Fourth Under-19 World Cup

It was on this very day in 2018, a combined bowling performance, followed by Manjot Kalra's superb unbeaten 101 helped India thump Australia by eight wickets to lift their fourth ICC Under-19 World Cup title at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Chasing 217, Kalra crafted his innings beautifully and was ably supported by Harvik Desai (47*), Shubman Gill (31) and Prithvi Shaw (29) as India crossed the finish line in just 38.5 overs.

After Shaw and Kalra added 71 runs for the opening wicket, Gill came out with an aggressive approach and looked flawless during his knock. While both Shaw and Gill couldn't carry on, Kalra batted till the end and shared an unbeaten 89-run stand with wicketkeeper-batsman Desai.

In the end, Kalra finished with eight fours and three sixes. It was only fitting that he reached the three figures in the last over of the final. Desai hit the winning boundary, sending the team members and the packed crowd into frenzy.

Earlier, the likes of Shivam Mavi, Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Anukul Roy showed tremendous discipline and kept picking wickets at regular intervals. Jonathan Merlo top scored with 76, but a total of 216 was never going to be enough for India.

With a fourth crown, India surpassed Australia in the race of most U-19 World Cup titles. Prior to the final, India and Australia were locked at three titles each. India's previous title came in Australia six years ago when the Unmukt Chand-led team beat the hosts in the final. The Virat Kohli-led side was victorious in 2008 and Mohammed Kaif was captain when India triumphed way back in 2000.

India remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and the gulf between them and other teams was clearly evident. The likes of Shaw and Gill have already featured in a couple of international encounters, while the rest have been doing wonders for their respective state teams.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 3028 116
2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3760 104
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5093 127
2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
5 Australia 3518 107
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Australia 5285 278
2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
5 South Africa 4380 258
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