Shaw, Kalra script easy win for India over Australia

India vs Australia U19

Openers Shaw (94) and Kalra (86) put on 180 to lead India to big win vs Aus in first U-19 World Cup game In an authoritative show, Indian colts trounced Australia by a massive 100-run margin in their ICC Under-19 World Cup opener with bowlers complementing a splendid batting performance at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

India U19 won the toss and opted to bat. Zimbabwe is the other side in the four-team group.

Both the batsmen, however, started cautiously, playing out the first six overs for just 27 runs. Pacers Shivam Navi (3/45) and Kamlesh Nagarkoti (3/29) shined with the ball to fold the Aussies' innings.

Bowling: S Mavi 8.5-1-45-3, I Porel 4.1-0-24-0, S Singh 6.5-0-30-0, K Nagarkoti 7-1-29-3, A Sharma 7-0-33-1, H Rana 4-0-30-0, A Roy 5-0-36-1.

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While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw, as the vital cog in the team's batting wheel.

India are the three-time world champions, with the last victory coming in 2014. Finally, they succumbed to the pressure of the required and were bowled out for 228 and hand India a 100-run victory in their opening game. Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland's son Will is also in the national squad. His opening partner also missed out on a ton, falling for 86 which came off 99 balls with 12 shots to the fence and on over the ropes.

There was no respite for the Australian bowlers even after departure of Shaw and Kalra with Shubhman Gill tormenting the bowlers with his 63-run knock.

India who are in Group B, will next play Papua New Guinea on Tuesday.

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