CricketAustralia's Under19's make it two in a row in the Under19 Cricket World Cup
─── 17:42 Sun, 11 Feb 2024
The Australian young guns brought the Under19 Cricket World Cup home for a fourth time, after beating the defending champions, India by 79 runs in Benoni on Sunday afternoon.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first. The team started strongly and solid scores by Harry Dixon (42 off 56), captain Hugh Weibgen (48 off 66), Harjas Singh (55 of 64) and Oliver Peake (46 not out) set Australia up with a comfortable 253/7 in 50 overs. India’s Raj Limbani was the stand-out with the ball, taking three wickets for 38 runs in his 10 overs.
The young Indians never showed the same sense of control and competence that they displayed throughout the series and wickets fell regularly and ruthlessly. Most successful with the bat was opener Ardash Singh, who scored 47 off 77 balls, before being caught by Ryan Hicks off the bowling of Mahli Beardman. Beardman went on to take two more wickets for a total of 15 runs in 7 overs. The only other significant score was from Murugan Abhishek. He managed to get 42 of 46 balls before being caught by Weibgen off the bowling of Callum Vidler.
In the end, it was just a bridge too far for the Indian side and they were all out for 174 in the 44th over.
OFM Sport/Ilse Smalberger