Afghanistan defeated Pakistan by five wickets in their ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup opener on Saturday
14 January, 2018, 20:37
The seriousness of their pace wasn't lost on anyone but former India opener Virender Sehwag in particular looked impressed as he took to Twitter to congratulate the team following the win.
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.
Abhishek Sharma and Anukul Roy scalped a victim each. One thing was not traditionally Indian but a trend in the recent years was two pacers from the country cross the 140kph-mark easily.
Allrounder Jack Edward's star act was in vain for Australia, with the 17-year-old NSW product collecting 4-65 off nine overs before top-scoring with 73 runs opening the batting. During Australia's run-chase, the Indian bowlers asserted themselves on the Kangaroos.
They had an opening stand of 180 and with that, they overtook Robin Uthappa and Shikhar Dhawan's opening wicket record of 174 runs in U-19 World Cup for India.
Shaw's performance against Australia with the bat gives the cricket fans an indication of whats yet to come as the skipper slammed eight fours and two sixes while facing only 100 balls in his brilliant knock.
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.
The middle-order batsmen fell cheaply as they couldn't add much after the top-order batsmen's dismissals.