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ICC Under-19 World Cup, Final: Hits and Misses

Rupin Kale
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1.77K   //    03 Feb 2018, 14:16 IST

Manjot Kalra was the Man of the Match for his tremendous century in the second innings

India lifted the under-19 World Cup for a record fourth time on Saturday (February 3), when they beat Australia by 8 wickets at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Prithvi Shaw and his side asserted absolute dominance in the World Cup from the very first game, and their strong performance in the final was only a testament to the fact that they were head and shoulders above the rest of the teams throughout the tournament.

#5 Hit: Manjot Kalra

After making a string of 40-plus scores in the shadows while Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw stole the limelight with their brilliance, Manjot Kalra finally got his moment of glory and that too, in the biggest game of his career.

He scored 101 off 102 deliveries and played the role of the anchor as well as the aggressor of the Indian innings. He showed maturity above his age and completed the chase with absolute professionalism.

His technique and temperament are ideal for a top order batsman, and the shots that they played in his innings today were nothing short of splendid. The lofted off-drive, in particular, is a sight for sore eyes.

He opened the innings with his skipper and stayed unbeaten throughout the innings. His immense concentration was key to India cruising to the total without any massive hiccups along the way.

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Rupin Kale is a cricket, tennis, and football aficionado who believes in the power and purity of sport. Rahul Dravid is her role model, while the Indian Cricket Team, Arsenal and Novak Djokovic enjoy her full-fledged support. She is extremely passionate about sports and has learnt galore about life by just following it through the years.
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