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Under-19 World Cup: Manjot ton brings India their fourth World Cup triumph

03/02/18: Manjot Kalra’s superlative, unbeaten century helped India cruise to their fourth Under-19 World Cup title victory, after the bowlers put on an impressive show in the final against Australia at the Bay Oval in Mount Manunganui on Saturday. Australia’s intention of exploiting the belter-of-a-pitch and the fact that India were yet to be tested with a big chase, did not go as per plan, as their batters – barring Jonathan Merlo – struggled to get going. The result was a sub-part total of 216 runs which India chased down with eight wickets and 11.1 overs to spare.

Even as India looked comfortable throughout the chase, Kalra’s efforts to take the team over the line cannot be overstated. He carried on after having watched two of the best batsmen in the side – Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill – depart after making starts. The left-handed opener soaked in the pressure that Australia tried to create from an unfavorable position, and played out an essay that was so much more crucial as India’s middle and lower-middle order hadn’t been put through a tough batting test throughout the tournament. Along the way in his 102-ball stay, Kalra carved 3 sixes and 8 fours to simplify India’s path to glory.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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