Manjot Kalra is the second Indian to score a 100 in Under-19 World Cup final    Getty Images
Manjot Kalra is the second Indian to score a 100 in Under-19 World Cup final Getty Images

Manjot Kalra converted his half-century to a hundred in the final of ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 against Australia. Kalra thus became the fifth player and second Indian, after Unmukt Chand, to score a hundred in the final of the tournament. Kalra’s unbeaten 101 is the fourth-highest individual score by a cricketer in the final of Under-19 World Cup. Kalra had also scored a half-century when India played Australia in their first group-stage match in the tournament.

Player Team Runs Year
Unmukt Chand India 111* 2012
Brett Williams Australia 108 1988
Stephen Peters England 107 1998
Manjot Kalra India 101* 2018
Jarrad Burke Australia 100* 2002

India restricted Australia to 216. Indian pacers Ishan Porel and Kamlesh Nagarkoti made sure Australia batsmen do not build any big partnership. Jonathan Merlo (76) was the only batsman to have scored a half-century in the innings. Chasing the target, India were off to a strong start. They lost their first wicket: captain Prithvi Shaw went for 29, but Kalra stuck around. Kalra then stitched partnerships with Shubman Gill (30) and Harvik Desai to take India closer to the target. At the time of him reaching hundred, India remained 3 runs away from winning the title.