India proved their title credentials by dismantling three-time champions Australia in their opening World Cup game at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Sunday (January 14). Batting first, Prithvi Shaw & Co. rode on fifties from their top three batsmen to post a daunting 328 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs before restricting Australia to 228 to open their account with a 100-run win.

Opting to bat first, Shaw led the side from the front, scoring 94 to lay the foundation for a big total. Shaw and his opening partner Manjot Kalra added a massive 180 runs for the first wicket. India’s innings could have panned out in a different way had Will Sutherland not overstepped when Shaw nicked one behind when he was batting on just 25.

The India opener went on grab the opportunity and reached his fifty off 55 balls. On the other end, Kalra was matching his skipper shot for shot, reaching his fifty off 55 balls as India scored a healthy 118 by the time the 20th over ended. Australia had the chance to dismiss Shaw again but Austin Waugh spilled a tough chance near the boundary rope when the 18-year old was batting on 62.

Australia finally tasted success when Sutherland accounted for Shaw when the India skipper was just 6 runs short of a century. Kalra also missed a well-deserved century by 14 runs. After the openers departed, Shubman Gill scored 63 to keep India on track for a big score. An 8-ball 23 runs knock from Abhishek Sharma then helped India cross the 300-run mark. The lower-order batsmen also played handy knocks as the three-time champions finished their innings on a mammoth 328 for 7.

In reply, Australia could only manage. The team from Down Under never looked in contention to chase down the total despite their openers – Jack Edwards and Max Bryant -giving them a solid start with a 57-run stand. With wickets falling at regular intervals, Australia’s chase never got the impetus and they were eventually all out for 228. Edwards top-scored for Australia ,scoring 73 while Shivam Mahi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti picked up three wickets each.

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