U-19 WC final: Rain interrupts India's chase of 217-run target

Five Indians in ICC Under-19 World Cup team

U-19 WC final: Rain interrupts India's chase of 217-run target

India previously won the Cup in 2000, 2008 (under Virat Kohli, now the captain of the senior team) and 2012.

Since thrashing the Aussies by 100 runs in their opening match, India have proved simply unstoppable, winning five successive games easily. After scoring 272, India dismissed Pakistan for a paltry 69.

India's batting has been at its lethal best.

India's top order has been in scintillating form throughout the tournament led by Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill but that did not seem to bother Sangha.

Meanwhile, Australia started their campaign on a losing note as they were beaten by India by 100 runs. All-rounder Abhishek Sharma, along with fellow left-arm spinner Anukul Roy, would look to exploit the Australian batsmen's weaknesses against spin.

India have played the entire tournament as if they have been on a magnetic collision course with the title.

Australia have been impressive in the run-in to the finals.

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Having bowled Australia out for 216 in Mount Maunganui, India made light work of a moderate total as Manjot Kalra saw them home in style. Prithvi praises pacers Shaw praised the terrific form of his fast bowlers. Also, Indian bowlers managed to bowl out oppositons every time they stepped on the field in the tournament. They defeated Zimbabwe in the group stage by 10 wickets. "All of them - Kamlesh, (Ishan) Porel, Mavi. We'll celebrate this night, the best night of ours", he concluded. The Indian team under Prithvi Shaw and coached by Rahul Dravid has been dominant throughout the tournament.

"I guess our job is to get through those players at the top and get into the middle and lower-order", Harris said.

With the Indian team running on a cocktail of confidence and self-belief, it will take a special effort to deny them the title.

Shubman Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti for India: His mindboggling numbers apart, Gill's construction and pacing of innings make him Australia's key target on Saturday. I was thinking I wouldn't get to bat and I proved myself right. I am really looking forward to it. There was no shortage of rain during the match and there was no shortage of wild celebrations after India won. The venue for the final is the same, but the team is different.

Their road to final also includes a convincing win over Australia, whom they face in the decider at Bay Oval in Tauranga on Saturday. "We wouldn't say we are underdogs". India are a good team but so are we. We have played some really good cricket and we are confident in our performance and how we are going to go.

"They'll be challenging for us, even though they lost to us in the first game".

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