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For the third time in the past eight months, Australia have defeated India in the final of an ICC men’s event, this time lifting the the U19 World Cup

Aussie pace too hot for India in U19 World Cup final

Australia’s terrific U19 World Cup side have emulated their seniors by beating India to become champions of the world.

Hugh Weibgen’s gifted side lifted the Under-19 World Cup at the South African venue of Benoni with a comprehensive 79-run win over the reigning champs on Sunday.

After compiling a daunting 7-253 off their 50 overs, the Australians, with their “ferocious” young quartet of fast bowlers and the artful spin of Raf MacMillan, skittled out India’s previously unbeaten side for 174 off 43.5 overs at Willowmoore Park.

Mahli Beardman won player of the final for his 3-15 off seven overs // Gallo

It meant the youngsters became the fourth Aussie U19 team to win the tournament that has so often unearthed gems of the future, and the first since 2010 when Josh Hazlewood helped Mitch Marsh’s side lift the crown in New Zealand.

This time, the triumph came off the back of more quality fast bowling with Australia’s gamble of playing all four of their hugely promising quicks paying off as they proved far too relentless for an Indian batting line-up that was asked to chase down a record score in a final to prevail.

Having won the toss and elected to bat on a humid, overcast morning, the accomplished Weibgen himself (48 off 66 balls) and aggressive left-handed opener Harry Dixon (42 off 56) provided a fine launch pad.

Harjas Sing top scored for Australia with 55 including three sixes // Gallo

Then the much-touted Harjas Singh, who’d moved to Sydney from India with his family when he was a boy, put a miserable tournament behind him in which he’d scored just 49 runs in six innings by hammering a half-century decorated with three sixes.

When India earned valuable wickets and threatened to bowl out the Aussies, 17-year-old Ollie Peake, son of former Victoria player Clinton Peake who was himself a teenage, triple-century-scoring prodigy, produced a gem of a finisher’s knock, smacking an unbeaten 46 off 43 balls.

India never looked like challenging the score once Queensland’s red hot paceman Callum Vidler (motto: “If anyone ever tells me to slow down, I am not listening to them”) had Arshin Kulkarni caught behind in the third over.

But Mahli Beardman (3-15 off seven overs) was the real pick of the quicks, making the key double breakthrough of star batters Musheer Khan and captain Uday Saharan in his silky swift spells while Vidler took 2-35 off his 10 and swing bowler Charlie Anderson 1-42 off nine.

Tom Straker, the quick nicknamed ‘Monster Truck’ who’d taken a record-breaking six-wicket haul in the semi against Pakistan, then got in on the final act, as wicketkeeper Ryan Hicks snaffled his fourth catch to end the innings and cue huge celebrations.

The excellent allrounder MacMillan snaffled the wicket of the dangerous Sachin Das with the first ball of spin in the innings, caught behind, and added two more key scalps in his invaluable 3-43 off 10.

Australia’s Under 19 World Cup 2024 fixtures

Jan 22: Australia beat Namibia by four wickets

Jan 25: Australia beat Zimbabwe by 225 runs

Jan 28: Australia beat Sri Lanka by six wickets

Jan 31: Australia beat England by 110 runs (DLS)

Feb 2: No result v West Indies

Feb 8: Second semi-final, Australia beat Pakistan by one wicket

Feb 11: Final, Australia beat India by 79 runs

Full tournament fixtures can be found here

Australia squad: Lachlan Aitken, Charlie Anderson, Harkirat Bajwa, Mahli Beardman, Tom Campbell, Harry Dixon, Ryan Hicks, Sam Konstas, Rafael MacMillan, Aidan O’Connor, Oliver Peake, Harjas Singh, Tom Straker, Callum Vidler, Hugh Weibgen

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