A dazzling batting display by India saw them lift the ICC U-19 World Cup after beating the hosts and defending champions Australia by six wickets at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on Sunday.
The victory gave India its third World Cup title, after Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli had lifted the trophies in 2000 in Sri Lanka and 2008 in Malaysia respectively.
India’s skipper Unmukt Chand led his troop to victory with a match winning unbeaten 111-run knock as India knocked off the target making 227 runs for the loss of four wickets with 14 balls to spare after Australia had posted a moderate 225-8.
India were trouble when they lost four wickets with 97 runs on the scoreboard, but Smit Patel joined Chand to add 130 runs for the fifth wicket and ensured the win.
Chand was twice dropped by wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson and Bosisto on 38 and
84 respectively while Patel also survived two missed-catches on zero and 51 respectively and both batsmen made full use of their dropped chances.
Chand clobbered seven fours and six sixes in his knock off 130 balls while Patel (62 not out) played an equally important role.
Earlier, Will Bosisto (87 not out) showed a lot of maturity when he steered Australia to a respectable 225-8 after the home side had plummeted to 38-4 before the completion of the 12th over.
Sandeep Sharma was the pick of India bowlers when he finished with figures of 4-54.
Chand received the player of the final award for his match-winning knock while Bosisto was adjudged as the player of the tournament.