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April 15, 2012
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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