Riding on captain Unmukt Chand\'s unbeaten century, India defeated Australia by six wickets in the final to win the ICC U-19 World Cup 2012.
48th over: India 227 for 4 (Chand 111*, Patel 62*). Smit Patel hits the winning runs and India have won the ICC U-19 World Cup. Unmukt Chand remained unbeaten on 111 and Patel also chipoped in with fine 62 and remained not out. Chand brought up his hundred in styling by bludgeoning a six over cover off Alex Gregory. Chand smashed seven boundaries and six sixes in his splendid innings.
This is the third time India have won the U-19 World Cup. Mohammad Kaif and Virat Kohli led India to U-19 World Cup victories in 2000 and 2008 respectively.
45th over: India 191 for 4 (Chand 95*, Patel 43*). Australia bowled well between 41-43 overs and conceded only 12 runs but Unmukt Chand whacked a straight six in the 44th over off Alex Gregory. He was dropped in the same over by Bosisto. Will Chand make them him the way Steve Waugh did to Gibbs in World Cup 1999? India need 35 runs off last five overs.
40th over: India 165 for 4 (Chand 80*, Patel 34*). India are inching closer to the victory. They need 61 runs in last 10 overs. Unmukt Chand clouted a massive six in 40th over off Ashton Turner, his third six of the innings and plundered 12 runs from the over. Australia need to get Chand out quickly if they want to claw back into the match. This man has shown tremendous composure and temperament. He is a stroke-maker who can always hold one end doggedly. He would like to remain unbeaten and seal the memorable victory for India which will be their third U-19 World Trophy.
35th over: India 135 for 4 (Chand 64*, Patel 22*) Unmukt Chand played a cracking pull shot in the over off Alex Gregory to fetch four runs. He has paced his innings with great precision. He has found a good partner in form of Smit Patel who's nudging the ball around deftly as he reaches 22. India need 91 from 15 overs to win the ICC U-19 World Cup.
India take batting powerplay: 36th to 40 overs
30th over: India 116 for 4 (Chand 54*, Patel 13*). Unmukt Chand is looking set for a big inning. His scoring rate has slowed down but he has the flair to scale up the momentum any time. Smit Patel is also batting sensibly without trying to do anything flashy. Though, he was lucky to be dropped by the wicketkeeper Peirson when he was batting on 2. Will he make Australia pay for the let-off?
25th over: India 97 for 4. OUT! Wickets are tumbling at one end while Unmukt Chand hus dug his heels in at another end. Vijay Zol walks back to the hut. Good length ball from Joel Paris which slanted across after pitching. Zol couldn't get his bat out of the ball and an edge was neatly taken by the wicketkeeper. India are reduced to 97 for 4 from 75 for 1. Can any batsman give able assitance to Chand?
Vijay Zol c Peirson b Paris 1 (14)
23rd over: India 97 for 3 (Chand 50*, Zol 1*). India's captain Unmukt Chand has blasted his second half-century of the tournament and living up to his billing of 'big match' player. India need him till the end. Vijay Zol is also a very talented batsman and can hit big shots when needed.
Bowling powerplay taken by Australia: 21st-25th over.
18th over: India 82 for 3. OUT! Another wicket for Australia. Hanuma Vihari hits back to the bowler Ashton Turner and he made no mistake. Turner is having a great match. He made 43 off 50, compiled a fine partnership with basisto, took a brilliant catch to dismiss Baba Aparajith.. And now a wicket. India is in a spot of bother.
Hanuma Vihari c & b Turner 4 (13)
15th over: India 75 for 2. OUT! Baba Aparajith return to pavilion after making exquisite 33. He unleashed a flurry of resplendent cover drives but on this occasion he couldn't keep the ball down and Ashton Turner picked up a fantastic catch at extra cover. The bowler is Gurinder Sandhu. Unmukt Chand and Aparajith added 73 runs for second wicket. Just the wicket Australia needed.
Baba Aparajith c Turner b Sandhu 33 (38)
10th over: India 60 for 1 (Chand 29*, Aparajith 24*). Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparajith are flaying Australian bowlers. They're scoring runs at a brisk pace without taking any risk. Aparajith's cover drives' are gorgeous and he's also strong on the back-foot. Chand is oozing confidence. He biffed Gurinder Sandhu for a six and a boundary in 9th over and carted another boundary in the 10th over off Mark Steketee. India are cruising at the moment.
7th over: India 35 for 1. (Chand 11*, Aparajith 18*) Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparajith are batting confidently after Prashant Chopra departed early. Chand has struck one boundary while Aparajith has smashed three glorious boundaries. There is some zip in the pitch for the bowlers with new ball. Once both the batsmen see off the first 15 overs, the batting will become easy.
2nd over: India 3 for 1. OUT! Prashant Chopra is out for a duck in the second over. The ball from Mark Steketee was way down the side and Chopra tried to glance it to fine leg but fot a thin edge and wicketkeeper took an easy catch. Poor start for India.
Prashant Chopra c Peirson b Steketee 0 (7)
50 overs: Australia 225 for 8 (Bosisto 87*, Gurinder Sandhu 10*) Australia have notched up a total of 225 for 8 in 50 overs. This is a good total on this pitch and it'll take some doing on India's part to attain this target. Australia lost a couple of wickets in quick succession in last three overs in a bid to crank up the run-rate but William Bosisto has played a captain's innings. He started off sedately but gained steam after getting his eye in. He exhibited fine display of batting and held the innings together. He didn't give away his wicket and accelerated the run-rate in the last 15 overs. Australia scored 74 runs in the last 10 overs.
Sandeep Sharma proved expensive in his last five overs but nevertheless he remained India's most successful bowler in the match. He snaffled four wickets for 54 in 10 overs.
Alex Gregory c Nath b Sandeep Sharma 4 (5)
Joel Paris run out 0 (1)
India will count on their captain Unmukt Chand to come good. He has the reputation of being a 'big match' player and the stage is set for him to step up and beef up his credentials.
Australia is the omly side to win the U-19 World Cup for three times and India have won the coveted trophy twice - in 2000 and 2008.
46th over: Australia 196 for 6. OUT! Turner is out after playing a very fine innings of 43 runs off 50 balls. He walloped a six off Sandeep Sharma in this over but was out on the last ball of the over. Unmukt Chand took the catch. Sharma snapped up his 3rd wicket of the match.
Ashton Turner c Chand b Sandeep Sharma 43 (50)
45th over: Australia 183 for 5 (Bosisto 66*, Turner 36*) William Bosisto has brought up his second half-century of the U-19 World Cup 2012. He has been impressive on back foot, and has executed the sweep shot with great effect to negate the threat of Harmeet Singh. This shot has fetched him a couple of boundaries, and a flurry of singles and doubles. Turner is giving him fine support. Their partnership is unbeaten 80 for sixth wicket.
40th over: Australia 151 for 5. (Bosisto 46*, Turner 25*) William Bosisto and Ashton Turner are batting very well. Bosisto is going after the bowlers having got his eye in while Turner has also caned a few boundaries. They added 32 runs in batting powerplay. Australia are looking good to post a total of around 225.
36th over: Australia 121 for 5. (Bosisto 36*, Turner 6*) Williams Bosisto is gradually getting into the groove after spending a lot of time at the crease. He unleashed a fine pull shot off Kamal Passi in 35th over and Turner also hit a boundary towards mid-on in the same over. Passi is the most expensive Indian bowler today. He was wayward earlier and bowled few wide balls. His bowling figures read 8-0-41-0.
Batting powerplay: 36th to 40th over.
33rd over: Australia 109 for 5. Travis Head's run-out has pegged Australia back. The partnership between William Bosisto and Head was looking very good and Australia were on their way to good total. Now the onus is on Bosisto to lead Aussies to a respectable target. He's batting on 27. The new batsman is Ashton Turner. The total of around 220 would be very competitive on this wicket.
30th over: Australia 103 for 5. OUT! What an unfortunate way to get out. Travis head is run out for 37. Just when Australia were consolidating well, a wicket has fallen. Bosisto cut the ball to point and Head took off from non-strikers end for a single. Bosisto was reluctant and sent Head back. Harmeet was agile at backward point and fielded well and threw the ball to Aparajith at the bowler's end. Aparajith flicked off the bails and Head weas well short of the crease.
Travid Head run out (Harmeet Singh/Aparajith) 37 (56)
27th over: Australia 92 for 4 (Head 33*, Bosisto 16*). Head is playing Indian spinners, Baba Aparajith and Hamrmeet Singh, with deft finesse though Harmeet hasn't allowed him to score runs off him. Head unfurled a fine sweep shot off Aparajith in 27 th over and notched up a boundary. He's growing in confidence. William Bosisto is sedate but holding one end firmly. His 16 runs have come off 49 balls. The partnership for the fifth wicket is 54 runs now. India need to break the partnership which is looking threatening.
22nd over: Australia 75 for 4. (Head 22*, Bosisto 10*) Travis Head and Australian skipper William Bosisto are trying to stage a recovery after their top-order was demolished. They both have added 37 runs for fifth wicket. Head played some cracking shots but he was lucky to be let off by Akshdeep Nath at backward point. He cut a ball from Ravikant Singh straight to Backward point but Nath grassed a sitter. Head was playing on 5 at that time. Could it prove costly for India?
Drinks Break: Australia 52 for 4 in 15 overs (Head 9*, Bosisto 4*)
Bowling powerplay taken by India: 16th-20th over.
12th over. Australia 38 for 4. Out. Indian bowlers are making mincemeat of Australian batting. Ravikant Singh has nipped out Meyrick Buchanan. Buchanan poked at the delivery moving away from him and got an outside edge. Wicketkeeper Smit Patel grabbed an easy catch.
Meyrick Buchanan c Patel b Ravikant Singh 12 (26)
11th over: Australia 38 for 3. OUT. Baba Aparajith has struck in his first over. Cleaned up Kurtis Patterson around the legs. Patterson caned a few boundaries and started to look dangerous but now he's on the way to the pavilion. Indian team is jubilant.
Kurtis Patterson b Aparajith 16 (22)
9th over: Australia 3 for 2 (Patterson 16* and Buchanan 10*). Australia are trying to get over the poor start. Meyrick Buchanan and Kurtis Patterson are holding the fort. Patterson smashed a couple of boundaries off Kamal Passi in 8th over to break the fetters and followed it up with a glroious cover drive in the next over off Sandeep Sharma. But Sharma has been incredible in his opening spell. 5-2-8-2 are his bowling figures at the moment.
3rd over: Australia 8 for 2. OUT! Sandeep Sharma is on a rall. He has trapped Cameron bancroft in front of the wickets. Another delivery which came back in sharply after pitching around the wicket. Bancroft played across the line missed the ball. Adjudged lbw.
Cameron bancroft lbw b Sandeep Sharma 2 (14)
1st over: Australia 2 for 1. OUT! Great start by India. Sandeep Sharma has struck. Jimmy Peirson left the ball which pitched just outside the off-stump and nipped back to hit the top of stumps. Perison trudges back to pavilion without troubling the scorers.
India's Road to the final: lost to West Indies by 4 wickets, beat Zimbabwe by 63 runs, beat Papua New Guinea by 107 runs, beat Pakistan by 1 wicket in the quarter-final, beat New Zealand by 9 runs in the semi-final.
Australia's Road to the final: Beat England by 6 wickets, beat Nepal by 212 runs, beat Ireland by 6 wickets, beat Bangladesh by 5 wickets in the quarter-final, and beat South Africa by 4 wickets in the semi-final.
Team News: Both the teams are unchanged from the semi-finals.
TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to field first. Conditions are overcast and expected to assist the fast bowlers early on.
4:30 a.m.: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the ICC Under-19 World Cup final between India and Australia from Townsville in Australia.