BENONI, SOUTH AFRICA: In a nail-biting final showdown, India’s under-19 cricket team faced a crushing setback, succumbing to a disheartening 79-run defeat against Australia in the U-19 World Cup final held here on Sunday.
The much-anticipated clash saw India falter under pressure, particularly in their batting performance, as they failed to chase down Australia’s formidable total. Opting to bat first, Australia set a challenging target of 253 for 7, led by Oliver Peake’s aggressive 43-ball 46 and Harjas Singh’s steady 55 off 64 deliveries.
Despite India’s best efforts, their batting lineup struggled to find momentum, resulting in a disappointing total of 174 runs in 43.5 overs. Australia’s bowlers capitalized on the situation, delivering crucial breakthroughs and eventually bowling out the five-time champions.
With this victory, Australia claimed their fourth U-19 World Cup title, showcasing their dominance and resilience throughout the tournament.
The defeat serves as a tough lesson for the Indian team, highlighting areas for improvement and the need for better execution under pressure. While the loss is undoubtedly disheartening, it also underscores the competitive nature of the U-19 cricket arena and the valuable experience gained by young cricketers on the international stage.