Aus v India, Tri-nation U-19 tournament final, Darwin July 12, 2013

India thrash Australia to take Under-19 title

ESPNcricinfo staff

India Under-19 76 for 2 (Bains 40*) beat Australia Under-19 75 (Hooda 3-22) by eight wickets

India Under-19 crowned their unbeaten run in the Top End Series in Darwin by drubbing Australia Under-19 by eight wickets in the final that lasted just over 40 overs in total. A combined bowling performance, led by Deepak Hooda, sent the hosts capitulating to 75 in just under 25 overs, before India chased it down with ease.

That the Australia openers added 36, before losing all ten wickets for the addition of just 39 runs, only highlighted the batting meltdown. The openers Matthew Short and Damien Mortimer started positively, scoring at five an over before the left-arm seamer Chama Milind took the first wicket, getting Short caught by Hooda low at short midwicket. Milind struck again in his following over, when Ben McDermott flicked one straight to square leg. Hooda took the first of his three wickets when Mortimer spooned one to the captain Vijay Zol at mid-on.

Hooda struck again four overs later, getting Jake Doran to edge to slip, leaving Australia at 4 for 58. Another wicket went down the following over when Sean Willis punched one straight to short cover. A brilliant catch at leg slip by Sarfaraz Khan gave Hooda his third wicket. India polished off the tail even before Australia could bat out half their overs. All five bowlers contributed, with Hooda the only bowler to bowl his full quota, finishing with 3 for 22.

India lost an early wicket when Akhil Herwadkar was caught at fine leg in the second over. Zol scored 9 before he was caught at mid-on but Australia had nothing to celebrate after his dismissal as Ankush Bains and Sanju Samson guided India to the target with 207 balls to spare.

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  • Guess on July 14, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Another fantastic win for India. These are happy days for Indian cricket and their massive fan base throughout the world.Without doubt Dhoni has been the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket and it is double pleasing to see that the youngsters are following suit. Personally I think Indian cricket is starting to open up for the masses and with a 1.27865 billion population (and counting) the future looks extremely bright. Financial suppport, training methods, facilities, key personnel and nutrition will help greatly at this juncture. The level of success in the last five years alone is only a taste of things to come providing BCCI do not descriminate on ground of socio economic, caste or religious grounds. Happy days indeed.

  • Dummy4 on July 13, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Another superb display of the Indian colts..the future looks bright and very good to see Indian seamers bowl so well...Hooda and Milind look very promising, if the muscle needed can be put on and boy are kept at the MRF academy to develop their bowling these two can go very way.

    BAtting honours must go to Zol on this tri series, unfortunately due to such dominance the rest of the batsmen didnt get to shine too much

  • gurinder on July 12, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    god win under 19 . future looks secure and india destined to rule cricket world for years to come. zol is a special player

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 11:48 GMT


    Your comment about weak Indian bowling is not borne out by their performance of late. In both the Champion's Trophy and the Celkon Cup, the Indian bowlers were head and shoulders above the rest.

  • Satish Chandar on July 12, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    The skinny lads are obviously talented enough with the ball but they bowl at 120s always.. Developing a bit of muscle might do wonders to them.. If they can work on swinging it at 135-140 kmph, they might trouble even international level batsmen too.. They must work on being quality athletes and improve their fitness to bowl faster without getting injured.. As of current situation, we would do great if we can get 140KMPH swing bowler..

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Bright Future of Indian Cricket - To win in overseas.

  • Jayaesh on July 12, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Terrific performance by India u-19 boys !!! congratulations lads, @Naresh 28, I disagree with your statement that Chand's team was stronger, this current u-19 team has pacers who are on average 10 k's quicker than Chand's WC winning one , this team has a left arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav who is a real handful, this team has more all-rounders in Saif,Ghani and Hooda, while talking of batters 2012 WC winning squad was carried by Chand,Aparjith and Prashant Chopra while current batch of batters although hardly tested in this series are better equipped to face fast bowling and are better strokeplayers.There is one more year before the u-19 WC in UAE and when matches are televised we can judge for ourselves ...

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Could have done with Ashton Agar by the sounds of it! Well done to India, certainly unearthing a lot of talent the last year.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Wow!! Really Impressed by Indian U19 talent. More Oversea matches will only do Indian youngster more good. With Most of the seniors to retire in next 3-4 years it always good to see such performance from young talent.