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U-19 World Cup: Aus, Ind win warm-up matches

ANI  |  Christchurch [New Zealand] 

and started their preparations for the U19 World Cup 2018 with comfortable victories in the warm-up matches being played in Christchurch, before the 16-team tournament gets underway on January 13.

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.

completed a convincing 189 runs victory over South Africa, while defeated by 53 runs.

too had the pleasure of seeing their two batsmen hit centuries as the 1998 champions defeat by 125 runs.

had a good outing against as most of their players came good with either the bat or ball.

They got runs through opener (50) and Jonathan Merlo, who smashed four fours and four sixes during his knock of 78.

The total of 251 for seven in 50 overs was easily defended as all-rounders and made good use of the seaming conditions to finish with three wickets each, while Austin Waugh, son of Steve Waugh, picked up two wickets as were dismissed for 198 in 42.5 overs.

Sri Lanka were 64 for six in the 17th over and it took an 84-run seventh-wicket partnership between (69) and (51) to lift the Asian side to a decent score.

Meanwhile, Indian batsmen seized control against through a 138-run fourth-wicket partnership between (86 off 92 balls) and (68 off 69 balls), which was supplemented by several small but useful efforts, taking the side to 332 for eight in 50 overs.

India fast bowler ripped through South Africa's top-order with a four-wicket haul, while followed his useful 35-run knock with two wickets even as the 2014 champions were dismissed for 143 runs in 38.3 overs.

For South Africa, Jean du Plessis fought a lone battle while scoring 50 off 82 balls.

"It was a good win for us, just getting used to these conditions. We dominated and executed quite well and we are practising hard so all credit to the boys," said India

It was also a fine outing for as they posted an imposing 372 for eight against with and both retiring at 100 each and Fin Trenouth producing a brisk 41-ball 73 with five fours and five sixes.

were all out for 247 in reply, with scoring 104 (118 balls, 12x4, 2x6) and getting a half-century after grabbing three wickets earlier in the day.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 23:15 IST