Australia thrash India to win U19 Cricket World Cup 2024
BENONI: (Web Desk) Dominating in all three departments of the field, Australia on Sunday thrashed India by 79 runs in the final to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2024 in South Africa.
Aussies’ dominance of the cricketing world continued as it it was their third successive win over India in the final of an International Cricket Council (ICC) event. The side had beaten the same opposition to clinch the World Test Championship and ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Australia elected to bat first at Benoni’s Willowmoore Park, and then scored 253-7 in their 50 overs with Harjas Singh’s 55 came off 64 balls with three boundaries and as many sixes to his name.
Captain Hugh Weibgen, Oliver Peake and Harry Dixon also impressed with their respective 48(66), 46(43), and 42(56).
Raj Limbani was the pick of the India bowlers with his three wicket haul.
Mahli Beardman’s sublime figures of 3-15 in seven overs helped Australia dismiss India for just 174 in 43.5 overs.
Apart from Adarsh Singh and Murugan Abhishek, no India batter could provide resistance to Australia’s bowling attack. The former top scored with 77-ball 47 with five fours and a six to his name.
India’s chase was off to a shambolic start as they lost four batters within the first 20 overs. Among those dismissed were Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan, and Sachin Dhas, their three top run-getters in the tournament. Australia kept chipping away and picked four more wickets between overs 21-32. Despite the late charge from Abhishek Murugan, an Australia win was a mere formality, and they sealed the game in the 44th over.