Fearsome four-pronged pace attack dismantles India
Harjas Singh’s vital contribution helps Australia post a challenging total
Australia’s first Under-19 World Cup victory since 2010
In a thrilling encounter at the Under-19 World Cup final in Benoni, Australia emerged victorious over India by a convincing margin of 79 runs. Australia’s triumph was largely due to their formidable pace attack, led by Callum Vidler and Mahli Beardman, who decimated India’s top order. Additionally, Harjas Singh’s crucial innings provided the impetus for Australia to set a challenging target. This victory marks Australia’s first Under-19 World Cup win since 2010.
Thunderous Pace Attack Dismantles India
Australia’s pace bowlers proved to be a nightmare for the Indian batsmen, with Vidler and Beardman leading the charge. Their intimidating pace and hostile bowling left the Indian top order clueless and resulted in seven wickets falling. Beardman was particularly destructive, ending with figures of 3 for 15 off seven overs. This formidable pace attack halted India’s unbeaten campaign and brought their hopes of lifting the World Cup to a crashing halt.
Harjas Singh’s Vital Contribution
Middle-order batsman Harjas Singh played a pivotal role in Australia’s victory, injecting momentum into their innings and top-scoring with 55 runs. Harjas had struggled for form throughout the tournament, scoring just 49 runs in his previous six innings. However, he overcame a slow start and showcased his ability to dismantle India’s spinners. Harjas’ innings propelled Australia to a total of 253 for 7, which proved to be too much for India to chase.
Australia’s First Under-19 World Cup Victory Since 2010
After suffering defeats in the 2012 and 2018 Under-19 World Cup finals against India, Australia finally had their sweet revenge in the 2023/24 edition. This victory marks Australia’s fourth title overall and their third consecutive win against India in ICC finals. The triumph is a testament to the talent and determination of the young Australian squad, who displayed exceptional skills and resolve throughout the tournament.
Australia’s dominant performance in the Under-19 World Cup final showcased the strength of their pace attack and the resilience of their middle-order batsmen. The victory not only ended India’s unbeaten run but also marked Australia’s first Under-19 World Cup win since 2010. The young Australian squad can take immense pride in their achievements and look forward to a promising future in cricket.
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