Quadrangular Under-19 Series, final April 15, 2012

Unmukt Chand century leads India to title

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India Under-19s 198 for 3 (Chand 112*) beat Australia Under-19s 194 for 9 (Buchanan 59, Hain 41*, Sandeep 4-51) by seven wickets

India Under-19s captain Unmukt Chand led his side to the title with an unbeaten century as the visitors overhauled Australia Under-19s' 194 with seven wickets to spare in the final in Townsville. India had lost all their three league games but got an even chance for the title with the tournament format featuring semi-finals. Their bowlers justified their captain's decision to field , with medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma taking four wickets as Australia were kept to 194 for 9. Only opener Meyrick Buchanan and No. 7 Sam Hain were able to resist the India bowlers, all but one of whom were among the wickets.

Pat Cummins removed the India openers within seven overs but Chand single-handedly led the visitors to victory with a breezy hundred. Facing 127 deliveries for his 112, Chand hit nine fours and six sixes as India motored to victory in the 43rd over. Chand had made 75 runs in the three league games, but rose to the occasion in the knockout stages, his century in the final following a 94 against England Under-19s in the semi-finals. Chand plays for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but missed the first quarter of the Twenty20 league, choosing to lead his country in this tournament.

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  • Brendan on April 18, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Great tournament, the Title is a great achievement for the Indian U19 team, but most people have missed the point of this whole 4 team series. It is about, developing, and nurturing young talent, all 4 Countries involved, gave their young players a chance to play in unusual conditions, and develop against some of the Worlds best junior players. The ACB, BCCI, ECB, & NZC, want their junior players better prepared than in the past, to step up to Senior Cricket, and be ready to play.

  • Naresh on April 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Fans always mock India (no talent) Our U19 and IndiaA has been winning tournaments in Australia for the last two years. Batting,fielding, and spin bowling looks good - exception is in the PACE department. Why do we lack good pace bowlers? For heavens sake someone setup a professional academy in INDIA to deal with this aspect. I wish Kapil Dev could do this. This is why India is NOT NO1 in cricket.

  • Aravind on April 16, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    a team loses in all the league matches, but ends up as the champion. this is probably the most ridiculous format one would ever see. robs the sheer joy & pleasure of being a champion.

  • Harry on April 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    @anshu.s. There is a huge variance of the types of pitches around Australia (less so with the test pitches). Bangladesh & Sri Lanka played test matches in Darwin & Cairns (cities in northern Australia & in the tropics) 7 or 8 years ago when the Aussies were at their peak, however the scores were not huge with both sides struggling in foreign batting conditions. I have played cricket in Asian & the UK as well as many places around Australia & would say that these pitches in the north are very unique. You summed up pretty well the areas we are lacking.

  • Jayaesh on April 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Harry_Kool ,i seem to have been misinformed about the nature of the pitch you being an Aussie must be knowing best.Patterson seems like a good bat he also scored a century on debut for NSW,look Aussies option as far as pace bowlers is concerned is well stacked but you guys need more genuine spinners and young batsmen with allround abilities against spin n fast bowling in all formats,could you shed some more info about this from current u-19 team ??

  • Satish on April 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Lo.. We did need to consider the league matches as warmups and direct knockout tournament featuring ONLY four nations.. Though i am happy my team won, it looked rather funny to see such a schedule..

  • Andrew on April 16, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Good to give the youngsters some quality matches. From an Ozzy POV, like to see how Paterson develops, (will he get many games for NSW next year?). Heard no injuries to Cummins (yet), so a good tournament!

  • gulshan on April 16, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    yes v must hold trophy high, bcoz win is a win., but v need to think again, are v the real champions. after loosing 3 matches in league, to all the participating nations, still we are winners, What a surprise? we need to introspect ourselves, before sending our team for asia cup nd world cup. still i consider england nd australia are better teams.....selectors nd players, pls dont get carried away by this win.

  • Peter on April 16, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    @Sriraj G.S. I am not sure they were the worst side in the preliminary matches. They just fell short in their matches, but were competitive in all of them, & more importantly, they learnt! I hope these types of tournaments continue in all countries. All round, good experience for all involved.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Funny tournament considering India were the worst side in the league phases - being walloped heavily by even the NZ boys. I thought i was kind to let all 4 teams play a SF format and see how it has messed up - tourney's best side England out because of losing 1 match and 2nd best side Australia also out. Well, the organisers did have their instructions given.

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