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Cricket: India wins Under-19 World Cup !!

Captain Unmukt Chandís unbeaten 111 and Smit Patelís 58 nout out guided India to a comfortable six-victory against Australia in the Under-19 World Cup final at Tony Ireland Stadium inTownsville on Sunday. Chandís 126-ball ball century was studded with 5 sixes and 7 fours.Chand reached his fifty off 67 balls with the help of 2 sixes and 5 fours.

India lost their fourth wicket when Joel Paris had Vijay Zol caught behind by Jimmy Peirson.India lost their third wicket when Ashton Turner took a simple return catch to dismiss Hanuma Vihari. Gurinder Sandhu gave Australia the second breakthrough when he had Baba Aparajith caught by Ashton Turner in the covers. Aparajith hit 5 fours in his 38-ball 33 and added 75 runs with Chand for the second wicket. Mark Steketee gave Australia the first breakthrough when he had Prashant Chopra caught behind by Jimmy Peirson for a duck.

Earlier, India frittered away the early advantage as defending champions Australia recovered from a shaky start to post a competitive 225/8.Electing to field after winning the toss amid overcast conditions, the Indians had the Aussies on the mat at 38/4 before host skipper William Bosisto (87 not out) rebuilt the innings with the help of some notable contributions down the order.

Both teams named the same XIs that had got them through the knockouts. While Australia, aiming for a fourth title, entered the final undefeated, India had lost one game in the first group stage to the West Indies.Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for India, grabbing four wickets in his 10 overs that conceded 54 runs and included a couple of maidens.

In conditions that have favoured bowlers all through the tournament, two-time winners India could not have asked for a better start as Sharma struck in his very first over.He removed both the openers Ė Cameron Bancroft (2) and Jimmy Peirson (0) ó in his first spell itself. The Oz team was looking down the barrel as a couple of more wickets fell in quick succession.