Australia has just won the Under-19 World Cup title for the fourth time, beating India by 79 runs. This marks their third victory in this tournament, following previous triumphs in 1988 and 2010. Only India has won more titles, with five crowns to their name, including the most recent one in 2022.
In the final match against India, Australia scored a total of 253 for 7, which is the highest score achieved by any team in an Under-19 World Cup match. This surpasses England’s previous record of 242 for 3 set in the 1998 edition. This was also Australia’s first victory against India in an Under-19 World Cup game since 1998.
Despite losing to Australia, India had some standout players in their squad, including Uday Saharan who scored a total of 397 runs during the tournament. This is second only to Sri Lanka’s Thilakaratne Dilshan’s record of 440 runs set in the same edition. Additionally, Sampath Bandarupalli from ESPNcricinfo points out that India did not achieve an opening partnership of at least 50 against USA in any group stage match this year, marking the first time they have failed to do so since this requirement was introduced to the tournament rules.