Team India’s curse of falling quick within the last of world occasions continued with the Uday Saharan-led ‘Boys in Blue’ getting overpowered by Australia within the summit conflict of the 2024 U-19 World Cup in Benoni on Sunday.
After having fun with a unbeaten run all through the match the place they dished out one dominant victory after one other, the Indians ended up struggling a 79-run defeat within the last, getting bundled out for 174 after being set a difficult 254-run goal by Hugh Weibgen’s Aussies.
Australia have now received every of the final 4 ICC occasions which have taken place and have accomplished a hat-trick of victories over the Indians, beating the Rohit Sharma-led senior males’s workforce within the World Test Championship last and the ICC World Cup earlier than successful the U-19 World Cup for a fourth time on Sunday.
Batting by selection, the Aussies posted a wholesome 253 for seven as India have been compelled to mount the best chase in a youth World Cup summit conflict.
But Saharan and Co floundered within the last step to glory, stumbling to 174 all out because the relentless Aussie bowlers led by the livid Mahli Beardman (3/15) and the artful off-spinner Raf MacMillan (3/43) didn’t give them any respiratory area.
This was Australia’s fourth U19 title and first since 2010 and, in a method, additionally they washed away the ache of shedding to India in two title matches in 2012 and 2018.
Many would view this outcome as a continuation of Australia’s win over India within the senior World Cup final yr at Ahmedabad.
Pacer Callum Vidler began Australia’s victory march by packing off Indian opener Arshin Kulkarni, inducing an edge to stumper Ryan Hicks.
From that time, India merely failed to sew collectively any significant partnerships as frontline batters together with skipper Saharan (8), Musheer Khan, who acquired a reprieve on zero, and Sachin Dhas (9) departed with out making any actual contributions.
Beardman broke by way of the defence of Musheer (22) with a supply that stored a tad low, whereas the pacer tempted Saharan, the match’s highest run-getter, with a barely vast supply on off-stump, however his slash ended within the arms of Weibgen at level.
Beardman later added the wicket of opener Adarsh Singh, who was India’s highest scorer on the day with a 77-ball 47, to bulldoze the Indian batting unit with tempo and bounce.
If the Indian batters couldn’t deal with the hostility of Beardman, a disciple of legendary Dennis Lillee, they may not counter the guile of MacMillan, Australia’s lone spinner this present day.
MacMillan was launched within the 20th over and he dismissed Dhas off his first ball, a regulation catch to Hicks behind the stumps.
India have been lowered to 68 for 4 then, and ouster of the free-flowing Dhas was a physique blow to their possibilities.
The strapping offie later additionally bagged the wickets of Aravelly Avanish and Raj Limbani, stopping any late Indian punch again.
Murugan Abhishek (42, 45b) tried gamely within the firm of Naman Tiwari including 46 runs for the ninth wicket, highest of the innings, however the activity proved past his attain.
However, the Australian batters can also declare the correct quantity of credit score for this triumph.
No one actually made a tall rating however they fired collectively round Harjas Singh (55, 64b, 3×4, 3×6) to give the Antipodeans a aggressive complete to defend amidst strikes by Indian pacers Limbani (3/38) and Tiwari (2/63).
Limbani, who labored up a good clip from the pitch, bowled opener Sam Konstas with a beautiful in-coming supply to deny the Aussies a fast begin as they’ve executed typically on this match.
But the Australians discovered stability by way of Harry Dixon (42, 56 balls) and skipper Weibgen (48, 66 balls).
Dixon, in actual fact, began off in a blazing style, hammering left-arm pacer Tiwari (2/63) for 4, 6, Four within the second over, however he settled right into a extra sedate rhythm within the firm of Weibgen.
The hallmark of their second-wicket alliance of 78 runs in 18.1 overs, was the way in which they negated the Indian spinners, an enormous restrictive pressure all through this showpiece.
There have been no large hits however Dixon and Weibgen managed to push the scoreboard ahead with these singles and twos.
Just because the stand was coasting alongside, Saharan threw the ball to Tiwari, who was withdrawn after an costly first spell.
Tiwari answered his chief’s name within the good style eliminating a set Weibgen, whose drive away from the physique nestled within the arms of Musheer at level.
The left-arm fast dismissed Dixon two overs later to deliver India again into the sport. The Aussies have been 99 for 3 then. But Harjas and Ryan Hicks (20) added 66 runs in 11.2 overs for the fourth wicket to maintain their workforce afloat.
Harjas struggled early on, however a six and a 4 in successive balls off off-spinner Priyanshu Moliya gave him the much-needed confidence.
The left-hander was a remodeled participant from that time and nullified the off-breaks of Abhishek with a collection of sweeps and slog-sweeps, and two of them landed deep contained in the stands for maximums.
Harjas accomplished his first fifty of the match with a 4 off Tiwari to long-off however failed to keep longer as one other try to sweep left-arm spinner Saumey Pandey noticed him getting adjudged leg-before.
But Oliver Peake (46 not out off 43 balls) and Charlie Anderson (13) added treasured 34 runs for the seventh-wicket that pushed Aussies to a ample complete.
With PTI inputs