Agarwal and Mandeep stun Australia
India Under-19 371 for 4 (Mandeep 151*, Agarwal 160) beat Australia Under-19 184 (Beaton 73, Kundan 4-38) by 187 runs
Massive centuries by Mayank Agarwal and Mandeep Singh helped India Under-19 completely outplay Australia Under-19 in the second one-dayer at the Bellerive Oval. Agarwal's 160 and Mandeep's unbeaten 151 powered India to an unassailable 371 for 4 and the contest was so one-sided that the hosts failed to reach 200.
The Indian batsmen took full advantage of the flat batting wicket and sunny skies after winning the toss. Alister McDermott struck in the ninth over but Australia had to wait till the 45th for their next breakthrough, by which time Mandeep and Agarwal had added 270. Agarwal slammed five sixes and 18 fours in his 142-ball knock before he was bowled by Jackson Coleman. Mandeep was equally harsh on the bowlers, hitting eight sixes and ten fours.
The Australians got off to a poor start, losing two wickets for 13 and they struggled to build partnerships even close to what the Indians achieved, the highest being 77 between Tom Beaton and Tim Armstrong for the fourth wicket. Beaton top scored with 73 off 79 balls before he was stumped off the offspinner Kundan Singh, who took 4 for 38. Adam Coyte was unable to bat after suffering a bicep injury while fielding and the innings ended on 184 for 9. India now lead the three-match series 2-0. The teams will stay back in Hobart for the first Test starting Saturday.
"It was awesome to see the Indians batting today and going so hard at us and bat so well," the Australian captain Tom Triffit said. "They play so differently to us, they've got different strengths and they utilised the short boundary so well and we probably didn't bowl quite as well as we would have liked.
"I thought McDermott's first five overs were unreal. He actually bowled the player that got 160 but the bails didn't come off and Luke Doran showed again that he's a really good spinner and can tie it down. We dropped a couple of chances which didn't help our cause, so we can build on that from here."