IND U19 vs AUS U19 Final: In a match that is expected to be really thrilling and tense, Australia U19, who have won the title three times, and India U19, the defending champions, are ready to face off against one another in the final of the Under-19 One Day International World Cup, to be played tomorrow at Willowmoore Park in Benoni. The game will start at 1:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time.
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India, with captain Uday Saharan at the helm, has been unbeaten since their group stage matches and has won all three games against Bangladesh and Ireland. This allowed the Boys in Blue to finish first in their group stage group. The Indian squad led by Uday Saharan handily beat New Zealand and fellow Asian country Nepal, managing to end up atop Group 1 of the Super Six with eight points. When facing the New Zealand team, the Indian side was in outstanding form, winning by a huge 214-run margin.
The Indian U19 cricket team, nicknamed the Boys in Blue, defeated Nepal by 132 runs in their last Super Six match of the tournament. India put up a score of 293 runs, which Nepal failed to chase down. Next, Uday Saharan’s team played the host nation of this year’s U19 World Cup, South Africa, in the first semi-final. The Blue Army emerged victorious over the junior South African side thanks to stellar batting performances from Sachin Dhas (96 runs off 95 balls) and captain Uday Saharan (81 runs off 124 balls). The young Indian team now aims to retain the Under-19 World Cup trophy by beating Australia in the final. A win would also allow the Indian U19 side to take revenge on Australia after the senior Indian team lost to them in the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Similar to India, Australia has also emerged victorious in all of their matches in the 2024 Under-19 World Cup. The Australian team comfortably won against Namibia, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe in the initial group stage matches. In the Super Six phase, captain Hugh Weibgen and his squad beat their Ashes rivals England by a big 110-run margin. Their second Super Six match against the West Indies was washed out due to rain. If the Rain Gods had not interrupted, the mighty Aussies likely would have beaten the Windies as well, as they seemed to be in a strong position to win. In their match against Pakistan, Weibgen and his boys barely managed to win by one wicket in the second semi-final. The Australian squad aims to beat India in the final game and win their fourth Under-19 World Cup trophy.
India’s Playing 11 against Australia
Coming to the playing 11 of the Indians, the slots of the openers are likely to be filled by the regular opening pair of Adarsh Singh and All-Rounder Arshin Kulkarni. Adarsh got out for a duck against South Africa, so he would like to score big runs against Australia in the all-important final and help India defeat the Aussies. Arshin, on the other hand, had managed to get starts, but he has been unable to convert those starts into big scores, so he would like to trouble the Aussie bowling unit with his aggressive batting by scoring important runs and helping the Indian team defend their World Cup trophy.
Batting All-Rounder Musheer Khan will be batting at the number three position. He has been really dangerous whenever he has batted at number three, as he has managed to score 338 runs in six games at an outstanding average of 67.60. He also has the knack to chip in with his useful left arm orthodox spin bowling, as he has six wickets next to his name. The 18-year-old will be expected to play a crucial role in the final against Australia if India wants to retain their U-19 World Cup Trophy.
The number four position in the batting order will be occupied by the Indian skipper and the highest run-getter in this year’s U19 World Cup, Uday Saharan. Saharan has scored a total of 389 runs in six games, which included one century and three half centuries. Along with his captaincy duties, Saharan will play an important role with the bat for the Indians against Australia.
In-form batsman Sachin Dhas will bat at number five for India in the final against Australia. He has consistently made valuable runs with the bat for the Indian team throughout this tournament. Dhas will be relied upon again to contribute significantly with the bat in the final of the 2024 U19 World Cup.
The lower order of the Uday Saharan-led team will consist of Priyanshu Moliya and CSK wicketkeeper batsman Aravelly Avanish. Both of them will be playing the role of finishers.
Murugan Abhishek, Naman Tiwari, Raj Limbani, and Saumy Pandey will form the bowling unit of the Boys in Blue. Murugan Abhishek and Saumy Pandey will be the main spinners of the Boys in Blue, while Naman Tiwari and Raj Limbani will play the roles of the fast bowlers.
Raj Limbani (eight wickets) and Saumy Pandey (17 wickets) will be the most important bowlers of the Boys in Blue, and both of them will play crucial roles in the Uday Saharan-led team’s hopes of winning their sixth Under-19 World Cup title.
India U19 Strongest Playing 11 against Australia: Adarsh Singh, Arshin Kulkarni, Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan (C), Aravelly Avanish (WK), Sachin Dhas, Priyanshu Molliya, Murugan Abhishek, Naman Tiwari, Ram Limbani, and Saumy Pandey.
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