Aussies’ o. 19s thrash India in final


Australia’s o. 19 cricket team further underlined the Aussies’ dominance in world cricket when they beat India’s u .19 team in the final of the World Cup tournament in Benoni.

The Aussies scored 253/7 in their 50 overs and restricted India to 174/10 in 43.5 overs, giving them a 79-run win.

The Aussies, who were crowned champions for the fourth time, planned their attack meticulously. The selectors picked four seamers (in cloudy conditions) for the final to contain the strong Indian batting line-up.

And when the Indians could not rise to the occasion against the fastball arsenal, the only spinner, Raf MacMillan, wreaked further havoc.

The Aussies’ youngsters are now following in the footsteps of the men’s team that won the International Cricket Council’s Test Championship in 2023 at Lord’s against India. Australia’s ODI team won the World Cup in November 2023 when it beat India by six wickets in Ahmedabad.

The Aussies’ women’s team is also head and shoulders above the rest. The Test team has the best performance list of all countries and the T20 team won the T20 World Cup for the sixth time in 2023 when it beat South Africa at Newlands. The Aussies’ one-day team won the World Cup for the seventh time in 2022.

On Sunday at Willowmore, the Aussies’ youngsters tightened the screws and the Indians were looking for a winning target of 254.

This score is the biggest that has yet had to be chased in a final.

In India’s innings of 174, opener Adarsh ​​Singh offered the most resistance with 47 runs (77 balls, 4×1, 1×6)). Towards the end, Murugan Abhishek (42) opened his shoulders.

However, Uday Saharan (8), Sachin Das (9), Priyanbshu Moliya (9) and Arshin Kulkami (3) all failed.

The Aussies’ best bowlers were Mahli Beardman (3/15), MacMillan (3/43) and Callum Vidler (2/35).

In the Aussies’ innings, Harjas Singh with 55 runs (64 balls, 3×4, 3×6), the captain Hugh Weibgen with 48 runs (66 balls, 5×4), Oliver Peake with 46* (43 balls, 2 ×4, 16) and opening batsman Harry Dixon played the anchor roles with 42 runs (56 balls, 3×4, 1×6).

Although none of them could reach a big score, it was a team effort, because they ensured that the team was never under pressure.

India’s best bowler was Raj Limbali (3/38) and his opening partner Naman Tiwari (2/63), although he did walk through.