Australia have defeated India in the final of the 2024 U19 World Cup by 79 runs in Benoni, South Africa on Sunday.
The Aussies bowled Team India out for 174 after posting 254-run target on the board.
This is the third time Australia have beaten India in an ICC final. The Men's side won the final of World Test Championship by 209 runs in June 2023 at The Oval, London.
Meanwhile, Pat Cummins' side stunned them at home in ODI World Cup final on 19th November 2023 by six wickets.
Australia dominated in all three departments of the field against their counterparts.
Hugh Weibgen made the right call and opted to bat first in Benoni. Australia reached 253/7 by the conclusion of the first innings, marking the highest-ever total in an U19 World Cup final. Harjas Singh led the scoring with 55, while Weibgen, Harry Dixon, and Ollie Peak made significant contributions in the 40s. Raj Limbani shone for India with figures of 3/38.
India's pursuit got off to a chaotic start as they lost four wickets within the initial 20 overs. Among those dismissed were Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan, and Sachin Dhas, their top three run-scorers in the tournament. Australia continued to chip away, claiming four more wickets between overs 21-32.
Despite a late surge from Abhishek Murugan, an Australian victory became a mere formality, and they secured the game in the 44th over.
India faced an early setback in their chase when Arshin Kulkarni nicked one behind the wicket. Adarsh Singh and Musheer Khan then proceeded cautiously. Only two fours came in the first Powerplay.
Musheer began playing more adventurous strokes after the initial 10 overs. However, he fell victim to a delivery from Mahli Beardman, scoring 22.
Beardman secured another significant wicket by dismissing India's captain, Uday Saharan, for 8. The batter attempted to force the ball past the offside but found his counterpart Weibgen at backward point. India's prospects dimmed further when Sachin Dhas (8) edged one behind the stumps off Raf MacMillan.
Soon Priyanshu Moliya and Aravelly Avanish were dismissed without adding much to the total. When Adarsh Singh, who fought with a resilient 47, was dismissed by Beardman, writing was on the wall for India. Abhishek Murugan scored a feisty 42, but it was too late for his side.
Harry Dixon was off to a belligerent start, taking 15 runs off Naman Tiwari's first over. However, Raj Limbani got one to swerve in and castled his partner Sam Konstas in the third over. India soon switched to spin, and managed to stem the scoring rate in the first Powerplay.
Dixon and Weibgen were watchful against the spinners at the start of the middle overs, while also calmly milking runs to keep the scoreboard ticking.
The overs 11-20 saw 42 runs come, with boundaries easing in towards the end of that period. A return to pace yielded immediate results in the 21st over, as Tiwari dispatched Weibgen for 48.
The left-armer struck again in his next over, this time getting the better of Dixon. The slower ball outfoxed the southpaw, and he popped it towards Abhishek Murugan.
Harjas Singh and Ryan Hicks then rebuilt for Australia with a patient stand. Harjas, who had scored merely 49 runs in the tournament thus far, opened his arms against the spin of Priyanshu Moliya, hitting a six and four in the 28th over. He hit a flurry of boundaries thereafter.
Hicks was eventually trapped leg before by Limbani for 20, but Australia were progressing at a healthy run rate. Harjas punched a Tiwari full toss down the ground in the 37th over to bring his maiden fifty of the U19 World Cup.
Saumy Pandey struck back for India by getting Harjas soon after. The batter tried to sweep Pandey towards the on-side but missed and was trapped plumb leg before.
Ollie Peake's positive intent helped Australia craft their total past 200 even as India bowlers kept chipping away. Australia eventually added 66 off the last 10 overs.