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Australia defeated India by 79 runs in the final of the U-19 World Cup 2024 in Benoni, South Africa on Sunday.
Australia decided to bat first in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup final in Benoni, South Africa on Sunday. Batting first, Australia scored 253 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
Australia defeated India in the ICC final for the third time. The men’s team won the World Test Championship final at The Oval, London in June 2023 by 209 runs.
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins’ men stunned them in the ODI World Cup final on 19 November 2023 by scoring six wickets at home.
U-19 World Cup 2024
Australia dominated all three areas of the field against their counterparts.
Hugh Webgen made the right call and Benoni elected to bat first. Australia reached 253/7 by the end of the first innings, the highest total in an U-19 World Cup final. Kharjas Singh led the scoring with 55 points while Webgun, Harry Dixon and Ole Peck contributed with 40 points. Rajlambani shone for India with figures of 3/38.
India’s chase got off to a shaky start as they lost four wickets in the first 20 overs. Among those dismissed were Mushir Khan, Uday Saharan and Sachin Das, the top three run-scorers of the tournament. Australia continued to push forward and claimed four more wickets between 21-32.
Despite Abhishek Murugan’s late addition, Australia’s victory was a mere formality and they won the match in the 44th over.
India struck an early blow in their chase when Arshin Kulkarni scored behind the wicket. Adarsh Singh and Mushir Khan then moved cautiously. Only two fours came in the first powerplay.
Mentor started playing more adventure shots after the first 10 games. However, he fell victim to Mahali Beardman for 22 runs.
Beardman took another crucial wicket as he dismissed Indian captain Uday Saharan for 8 runs. India’s chances dwindled further when Sachin Dhas (8) edged the ball from Raf McMillan behind the creases.
Priyanshu Mulia and Araveli Onish were fired soon after. The writing was on the wall for India when Adarsh Singh, batting for 47, was dismissed by Beardman. Abhishek Murugan scored a brilliant 42 but it was too late for him.
Harry Dixon got off to a fighting start with 15 points in Naman Tiwary’s first game. However, Rajlambani was shocked and fell to partner Sam Konstas in the third game. India soon turned around and managed to stop the scoring rate in the first over.
Dixon and Webgen were alert against the spinners early in the middle overs, while calmly scoring runs to keep the scoreboard steady.
42 runs over 11-20, the boundaries softened towards the end of the innings. A return to pace yielded immediate results in the 21st over as Tiwary dispatched Webgun for 48 runs.
The left-hander struck again in his next over, this time over Dixon. Played the ball slower south paw came out and he handed it to Abhishek Murugan.
Kharjas Singh and Ryan Hicks rebuilt patiently for Australia. Kharjas, who scored just 49 runs in the tournament, opened his arms against Priyanshu Mulia’s spin and hit a six and a four in the 28th over. Then he fell into the glow of borders.
Hooks was eventually caught leg by Lambani in the 20th over but Australia thrived at a healthy run rate. Kharjas struck in the 37th over to bring Tiwary to his fifty in the U-19 World Cup.
Somi Pandey returned to India soon after winning Kharjas. The batsman tried to sweep Pandey towards the back but failed and caught Sahal leg first.
Ole Peck’s positive intent saw the Indian bowlers settle for Australia as their total reached 200. In the end, Australia added 66 runs in the last 10 overs.