Australia U-19 displayed absolute dominance in the summit clash, defeating the defending champions, India U-19, by 79 runs to secure their fourth U-19 World Cup title. Time to wrap up this coverage, folks! For now, this is Deepak Prakash signing off on behalf of co-commentator Sidharth Gulati and scorer/analyst Dushyant Madhukar Kumar. CHEERS!
Hugh Weibgen, the Australian skipper now receives the trophy 🏆 and his teammates join him for the celebration and photographs.
Hugh Weibgen (Australia U-19 Captain):"You know, I'm just so proud of the group of boys and the coaches. A lot of work's gone into this in the past few months and over the last year, so couldn't be prouder. We just knew that we had to try and do it well. When we have a pace bowling attack like ours, there's a fair bit of confidence when you get 250 on the board. So that was our plan, to get a few runs and back ourselves to defend it.
He [Harjas] is a quality player, and credit goes to the coaches for standing by him. He truly justified their faith in him today. India is a formidable team; they dominated the entire tournament but ended up on the wrong side today. I believe these players have a bright future ahead. They understand their roles as a team so well, and I'm confident they will achieve great things in their careers."
Australia U19's players receive their medals.
Uday Saharan (India U-19 Captain):"I am proud of the boys, they played really well. We displayed great fighting spirit throughout the tournament. We played a few rash shots today, and didn't spend time in the middle. Despite being prepared, we couldn't execute our plans as we hoped. However, we've gained valuable lessons from this tournament, both from our support staff and during the matches themselves. We'll continue to learn and strive for improvement."
Indian team receive their runners-up medals.
Kwena Maphaka (Player of the Tournament): "Really means a lot. Worked hard for it. I worked on my inswinger. It brought a lot of success. A lot of hard to do. It'll be amazing if I can play for South Africa."
Kwena Maphaka is the Player of the Tournament.
Mahli Beardman (Player of the Match): "Pretty surreal. We worked for it. All the hard-work paid off. For me, I just wanted to try and use short ball as much as I can. Through Dinesh Karthik, I learnt a lot about mental stuff. Thinking about my field settings, and more on the mental side of the things helped. Hopefully, I'll play Big Bash (League) soon. I'll go back home and try to play some cricket for my state."
Mahli Beardman is the Player of the Match and he receives the award from the tournament ambassador, Anrich Nortje.
Time for the presentation ceremony...
Charlie Anderson: "It's incredible. Playing in a World Cup final is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Mahli Beardman: "It hasn't fully hit me yet, but being here with Cal (Vidler) and the rest of the fast-bowling group feels amazing. We're all great friends, so our bond really makes a difference. Who's the fastest among us? It doesn't matter - we just won a World Cup!"
Tom Straker:"We're thrilled! We spent two years on this. We adore each other and love seeing the four of us playing together so fast."
Callum Vidler (Australian Bowler): "No better feeling than winning the title. Happy with the team effort."
Sam Konstas (Australian Batter): "It has been an amazing journey. So proud of the boys. Credit to the coaches and the support staff. We believe in the processes and stick to them."
8:58 PM IST, 5:28 PM Local Time: Australia U19 thump the defending champions, India U19 by 79 runs in the summit clash, and are the winner of the ICC Under 19 World Cup 2024. The celebration begins in the camp of Australia. It's another heartbreak for Indian fans within the span of just three months. On November 19, 2023, the Pat Cummins-led Australian side triumphed over the Rohit Sharma-led Indian squad in the Men's World Cup, and today, the Australian U19 team dumped India U19 in the summit clash to clinch the ICC Under-19 World Cup trophy.
Let's have a quick recap of this grand finale that transpired. Earlier, after deciding to bat first, Australia U-19 lost Sam Konstas for an 8-ball duck, but Harry Dixon and Hugh Weibgen played cautiously and added 76 runs for the second wicket. However, Naman Tiwari removed both set batters, Dixon (42) and Weibgen (48), in quick succession and denied their fifties.
Harjas Singh and Ryan Hicks added 60+ runs for the fourth wicket in the middle overs, with Hicks departing for 20 runs off 25 balls, but Harjas continued his merry ways and notched up his fifty, departing for 55 runs.
Australia lost a few wickets in quick succession, but Oliver Peake played a pivotal role in the Australian innings at the cue end of the innings, remaining unbeaten on 46 runs off 43 balls and helping his side cross the 250-run mark as Australia finished at 253/7 in 50 overs.
Raj Limbani shone with the ball for India U19, claiming three wickets. Naman Tiwari chipped in with a couple of wickets, while Saumy Pandey and Musheer Khan celebrated a solitary wicket.
In pursuit of 253 runs, India U19 lost Arshin Kulkarni cheaply, and Indian batters struggled to score runs in the first powerplay as they could only muster 28 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first powerplay.
Adarsh Singh and Musheer Khan took their time to settle at the crease but failed to establish a substantial partnership. Musheer fell victim to Mahli Beardman after scoring 22 runs off 33 balls. Soon after, skipper Uday Saharan, unable to make an impact with the bat, departed without making a significant contribution. It marked the first time in the tournament that Saharan was dismissed in single digits.
Adarsh held his wicket at one end, but unfortunately, he didn't receive much support from the other end as India continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Eventually, the in-form batter, Adarsh, also fell victim to Mahli Beardman after scoring 47 runs.
It looked like India would get bundled out inside the 40 overs, but Murugan Abhishek and Naman Tiwari displayed some positives at the cue end of the innings. Abhishek played a valiant knock, scoring 42 runs off 46 balls, yet it proved to be too late. Tiwari remained unbeaten on 14 runs. India were eventually bundled out for 174 runs, falling 79 runs short of the target.
Mahli Beardman and Raf MacMilllan claimed three wickets each for Australia U19. Callum Vidler chipped in with a couple of wickets, while Charlie Anderson and Tom Straker contributed one wicket to India's downfall.