U19 World Cup

Aussies out to make India crack in U19s

Aussie underdogs can take India by surprise in the Under 19 World Cup final, Ryan Harris believes

AAP

01 February 2018, 08:00 PM

Australia are on a mission to make India crack under the pressure of their raging favouritism in the Under 19 World Cup final, coach Ryan Harris says.

Rahul Dravid's side have left a path of destruction on their way to Saturday's final in the New Zealand town of Mount Maunganui.

Each of their wins has come by either 10 wickets or at least 100 runs, including a 203-run semi-final demolition of Pakistan.

Australia experienced it first-hand in the group stage last month when they were skittled for 228 in response to India's 7-328.

The Aussies have won every match since and, in a positive sign ahead of the final, were able to contain Afghanistan's dangerous spinners during a six-wicket semi-final victory.

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Declaring his side to be underdogs, former Test quick Harris on Thursday said India had weaknesses that could be exposed.

"They're obviously playing pretty good cricket," Harris said.

"They haven't been challenged really at all during this tournament so our job is to try and challenge them, put them under pressure and hopefully they crack.

"The way they're playing, the top order are getting it done. That's our job - to get through that top order and get to the lower order, and hopefully expose the lack of cricket they've probably had."

India's tweakers claimed six of the wickets as they rolled arch-rivals Pakistan for just 69 in Christchurch on Tuesday after they were held to 9-272 from their 50 overs.

But it was pacemen Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti that did the damage against Australia last time they met, claiming three wickets apiece.

"It's great to be talking about India and not talking about spin, to be honest," Harris joked.

"They've got some really good bowlers. They've got good pace, beautiful actions. I just watch them run into the wicket and it's so easy for them.

"Our guys wouldn't have faced too many guys consistently up around that 135-140km/h mark. I think it's a great challenge."