Australia secured their fourth Under-19 Cricket World Cup title by defeating India in the final match held in the South African city of Benoni.
In a match where Australia’s opening batsman fell without scoring, it was their middle-order batsmen who stepped up to the challenge, setting a formidable target for India.
Batting first, Australia managed to score 253 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Harjas Singh’s innings of 55 runs stood out, while the Australian captain contributed 48 runs and Harry added 42 runs to the total.
In pursuit of 254 runs for victory, the Indian team struggled right from the start. Losing their first wicket at just three runs, they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Eventually, India’s innings folded for 174 runs in the 44th over, handing Australia a comfortable victory by 79 runs and securing their fourth Under-19 Cricket World Cup title.
For India, Adarsh Singh’s resilient innings of 47 runs and Abhishek’s contribution of 42 runs were the highlights, but they weren’t enough to steer their team to victory.
Australia’s victory in the final once again demonstrates their dominance in youth cricket and reaffirms their reputation as a powerhouse in the sport. Conversely, India’s performance highlights the need for further development and refinement in their youth cricket programs to compete at the highest level consistently.
As the tournament concludes, attention now shifts to the promising young talents who have showcased their skills on the world stage, with hopes of making a mark in international cricket in the years to come.