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ICC U19 World Cup 2024:History repeats itself!” India vs Australia again in the FINAL of the Cricket World Cup. A bit of a nostalgic moment for Indian viewers as the Indian Cricket team faced the Australian cricket team just three months ago and the memories are bitter. Australia U19 defeated Pakistan U19 in the second semifinal of the ICC U19 World Cup 2024 and sealed the final ticket against India.

What a thriller end of the second semifinal! Pakistan U19 were so close but yet so far as they lost the match where they could have won if they were much more active. Either Australia U19 didn’t have an easy day on the ground but they did a decent enough job and reached the small target set by Pakistan.

Hence, Australia U19 are going to the final of the ICC U19 World Cup 2024 and India U19 are already waiting for them.

Australia U19 vs Pakistan U19: Match Summary

Australia won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first. The batting form of Pakistan has gone down with each match passing by and a similar performance followed today in the second semifinal against Australia U19. Slow run rate at the start resulting in pressure on the batting side and eventually a wicket.

Tom Straker wrecked Havoc in the first spell and knocked out the opener Shamyl Hussain and the skipper Saad Baig for cheap. Pakistan were 4 down for just 53 runs in 19 overs. Azan Awais and Arafat Minhas were the only two batters from the Pakistan side to go past 17 runs and both scored steller 50s.

Australia never allowed Pakistan U19 to build a partnership and as many as eight Pakistani batters were out with a single-digit score. Pakistan posted 179 runs on the board out of which 20 were extras. Tom Straker picked up 6 wickets.

Australia U19 needed 180 runs in 300 balls so their being cautious and playing slow was quite acceptable. The Aussies also got a slow start and lost their first wicket on 33 runs just after the first powerplay. In-form Hugh Weibgen went back soon and suddenly Australia were 4 down for 59 runs.

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ICC U19 World Cup 2024: Australia U19 vs Pakistan U19 (Getty Images)

Oliver Peake and Harry Dixon then weaved a partnership, giving Australia life support in the middle. Harry Dixon completed his 50 and got out. While Peake got support from Tom Campbell, they took Australia very close to the target and we saw another fumble from the Australian team.

Australia U19 needed 25 runs off around 45 balls having 4 wickets in hand but Ali Raza’s heroic efforts with the ball turned the table and Australia lost three quick wickets under 9 runs. They still needed 16 runs with just one wicket left.

Raf MacMillan was the last hope standing for Australia and he stood up the expectations. He held his nerves and scored the final 19 runs leading his team to a majestic win. Australia U19 defeated Pakistan U19 by 1 wicket.

Australia U19 vs Pakistan U19: Scorecard

Pakistan U19- 179/10 (48.5)

BATTINGRB4s6sSR
Shamyl Hussainc Peake b Straker17233073.91
Shahzaib Khanc Weibgen b Vidler4300013.33
Azan Awaisc Hicks b Straker52913057.14
Saad Baig (c)c Dixon b Straker3110027.27
Ahmad Hassanlbw b MacMillan4180022.22
Haroon Arshadb Beardman8270029.62
Arafat Minhasc Peake b Campbell52619085.24
Naveed Ahmed Khannot out9210042.85
Ubaid Shahc Dixon b Straker6510120.00
Mohammad Zeeshanb Straker461066.66
Ali Razab Straker01000.00
BOWLINGORWECO4s6sWDNB
Mahli Beardman103813.803020
Callum Vidler94314.776081
Tom Straker9.52462.443020
Raf MacMillan102912.902010
Harjas Singh41604.001000
Tom Campbell62313.832000

Australia U19- 181/9 (49.1)

BATTINGRB4s6sSR
Harry Dixonb Arafat Minhas50755066.66
Sam Konstasb Ali Raza14312045.16
Hugh Weibgen (c)c Haroon Arshad b Naveed Ahmed Khan4120033.33
Harjas Singhrun out (Arafat Minhas/Saad Baig)560083.33
Ryan Hicksb Ubaid Shah01000.00
Oliver Peakec Saad Baig b Ali Raza49753065.33
Tom Campbellb Arafat Minhas25422059.52
Raf MacMillannot out19292065.51
Tom Strakerc Saad Baig b Ali Raza3140021.42
Mahli Beardmanb Ali Raza03000.00
Callum Vidlernot out290022.22
BOWLINGORWECON4s6sWDNB
Ubaid Shah104414.404020
Mohammad Zeeshan6.14006.486010
Naveed Ahmed Khan102512.501000
Ali Raza103443.402022
Ahmad Hassan2804.000000
Haroon Arshad1707.001000
Arafat Minhas102022.000000

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Source- U19 World Cup 2024 @ICC