Led by talented youngster Prithvi Shaw, the Under-19 Indian team began their World Cup campaign against Australia at Mount Maunganui. "We dominated and executed quite well and we are practising hard so all credit to the boys", said India captain Prithvi Shaw.
India fast bowler Ishan Porel ripped through South Africa's top-order with a four-wicket haul, while Abhishek Sharma followed his useful 35-run knock with two wickets even as the 2014 champions were dismissed for 143 runs in 38.3 overs.
They got runs through opener Jack Edwards (50) and Jonathan Merlo, who smashed four fours and four sixes during his knock of 78.
While Dravid, who has been at the helm of U-19 and India A squad for some time, may not like to focus on individuals, it is very hard to not see the likes of skipper Prithvi Shaw as the a vital cog in the team's batting wheel. The two batsmen, however weren't able to fulfill their centuries, as Shaw was bowled out less of 6 runs and Kalra had to leave the game at 86 runs.
Shaw got a lifeline at 25 when he was caught behind off Will Sutherland but the bowlers had stepped over the line and the ball was given a no-ball.
Abhishek Sharma though managed to come up with a 8-ball 23-run cameo which propelled India past the 300-run mark.
Both the pacers impressed one and all with their speed, accuracy and ability to pick wickets.
India and Australia, who have lifted the trophy three times each and are scheduled to go head to head in Tauranga on Sunday, January 14, put up strong displays on the second day of the warm-up matches.
Australia's next match in group b is against Zimbabwe in Lincoln on Wednesday, before a clash with Papua New Guinea on Friday.