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ICC under-19 cricket world cup final: Top players from India and Australia to watch out for

India, who have remained undefeated in the ICC under-19 cricket world cup so far, are favourites to secure a record fourth title when they take on Australia in the final at Mount Maunganui

cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2018 17:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Prithvi Shaw, along with Shubman Gill and the bowlers will be key for India as they eye their fourth ICC under-19 World Cup title. (AFP)

Prithvi Shaw’s Indian under-19 national cricket team have been on a roll in the ICC under-19 cricket world cup in New Zealand. They have secured convincing wins against all oppositions, with both batsmen and bowlers contributing at vital times. The captain has also led from the front, averaging over 77 at the top for India. Australia, on the other hand, have recovered well after losing by over 100 runs to India in the league stage and will be determined to put on their best show in the final.

Ahead of the clash at Mount Maunganui, here is a list of the top three Indian and Australian players who can make a difference in the summit clash.

India players

1) Shubman Gill

M - 5

R - 341

A - 170.2

50/100 - 3/1

With scores of 63, 90*, 86 and 102, Gill has been the stand-out performer for India in the middle order and he will be the key player in the final.

Anukul Roy is the leading wicket-taker for India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. (Getty Images)

2) Anukul Roy

M - 5

W - 12

E/R - 3.65

BB - 5/14

His accuracy and magnificent economy rate could make life difficult for Australia, who have struggled against quality spinners.

3) Kamlesh Nagarkoti

M - 5

W - 7

E/R - 3.19

BB - 3/15

India’s new speed demon has consistently bowled over 90 mph. His extra pace confounded Australia in the league stage and India will expect a repeat.

Shubman Gill is the leading run-getter for India in the Under-19 cricket world cup in 2018, averaging close to 170.5 (PTI)

Australia players

1) Lloyd Pope

M - 4

W - 11

E/R - 4.69

BB - 8/35

Having picked up the best figures by a bowler in U-19 cricket in the quarterfinal against England, the Australian legspinner will be the team’s X-factor.

2) Jason Sangha

M - 5

R - 216

A - 43.2

50/100 - 2/0

The Australian skipper has led from the front with solid contributions in the No.3 position. His grit and composure will be vital for Australia in the final.

3) Nathan McSweeny

M - 4

R - 188

A - 94

50/100 - 0/1

Coming in the lower middle-order, the 18-year-old will be aiming to provide a solid finish if Australia are to post a big total or stay in the hunt during a chase.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 17:48 IST