ICC U-19 World Cup 2018: Twitter Erupts as Indian Bowlers Fold Up Australia for Modest Total
Australia were looking set to post a massive score in the ongoing final of the Under-19 World Cup before the Indian bowlers made a stunning comeback to take the last six Australian wickets for just 33 runs to dismiss the three-time winners for a modest 216.
Australia had begun their on a shaky note and were reeling at 59 for 3. Ishan Porel dismissed both the openers cheaply to reduce them to 52 for 2 before Kamlesh Nagarkoti dismissed skipper Jason Sangha.
Jonathaon Merlo and Param Uppal then got together to resurrect the innings. The duo kept the Indian spinners – Anukul Roy, Shiva Singh and Abhishek Sharma – at bay, thus taking the score past the 100-run mark. The stand was eventually ended by Roy who made Uppal mistime one straight to the bowler. The stand was worth 75 runs.
From there, Merlo took the onus on himself to keep the scoreboard ticking as he reached his half-century off 60 balls. He added 49 with Nathan McSweeney, who contributed 23. Australia, however, soon lost their way when Shiva sent back McSweeney and Will Sutherland in quick succession to reduce them to 191 for 6 from 183 for 4.
Merlo then played some fancy shots to take the innings forward before an attempted reverse slog-sweep ended his 102-ball 72 runs knock. India then took the remaining 3 wickets for just 4 runs to wrap up the innings.
Here is how Twitter reacted to India’s bowling:
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