In a thrilling finale at the U19 ODI World Cup 2024, Australia emerged victorious against India, replicating their success from recent encounters on the international stage. Australia set a formidable target of 253/7, thanks to notable contributions from Harjas Singh, who scored 55, Hugh Weibgen with 48, and Ollie Peake’s crucial 46. Despite the Indian bowlers’ efforts, with Raj Limbani taking 3 wickets for 38 runs and Naman Tiwari claiming 2 wickets for 63 runs, Australia managed a competitive total.
In response, the Indian batting lineup faced a stern challenge, with only Adarsh Singh showcasing resistance with 47 runs and Murugan Abhishek contributing 42. Unfortunately, the rest of the batting order failed to provide substantial support as the lineup collapsed, ultimately reaching 174 runs in 43.5 overs. This collapse proved decisive as Australia secured victory by a convincing margin of 79 runs.
The triumph for Australia was largely credited to their disciplined bowling attack, led by Mahli Beardman, who claimed 3 wickets for a mere 15 runs, and Rafael MacMillan, who picked up 3 wickets conceding 43 runs. Their stellar performance restricted India’s scoring opportunities and ultimately sealed the win for the Australian team.
This victory holds significant symbolism for Australia, as it marks another instance of their dominance over India in international cricket. The Australian team had previously defeated India in the Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, under the captaincy of Pat Cummins, and also clinched the World Test Championship 2023. With this win, Australia reaffirms their prowess in the sport and adds another accolade to their illustrious cricketing history.