Darwin, July 8: India defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the Under-19 International Series here at Marrara Oval in Darwin today. With this win, India remained unbeaten in the tournament.
Australia's openers Matthew Short (34) and Tom Leaver (23) got off to a cautious start after being sent in to bat.
India's bowlers, led by Aamir Gani (3/25), bowled tight spells and capitalised on Australia's wariness of losing wickets early and in a cluster.
Lower-order cameos from Jake Doran (41 off 52 balls) and Cam Valente (28 from 25 balls) boosted the total, but Australia's earlier struggle to get the ball past the infield limited their ability to post a defendable target.
In reply, India won without too much fuss, beating Australia by seven wickets and with four overs to spare. Akhil Herwadkar (60) and captain Vijay Zol (64) were the chief destroyers, while Matt Fotia (2/34) and Short (1/10) were the wicket-takers for Australia.
The U19 International Series Final will take place at Marrara Oval on Friday, July 12. In the other match to be played on Friday, the third-placed team
will take on local side NT Strike at Gardens Oval.
Brief Scores: India U-19 3/192 (45.4 overs) defeated Australia U19 6/191 (50 overs) by 7 wickets