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ICC U-19 World Cup, 2024: Oliver Peake 46, bowlers instrumental in fourth title win for Australia

ICC Under-19 WC 2024, Final, India vs Australia: Raj Limbani’s 3/38, Oliver Peake’s 46, and Mahli Beardman's 3-55 are top performances. Australia beat India by 79 runs and won their fourth Under-19 World Cup title.

ICC U-19 World Cup Final, 2024, AUS vs IND_ Australia beat India in final and lift trophy for the 4th time Walking Wicket (Images_ ©ICC_Twitter)
ICC U-19 World Cup 2024: Australia beat India in final (Images: ©ICC/Twitter)

Brief Scores: Australia U-19 253/7 (Harjas Singh 55, Hugh Weibgen 48, Raj Lambani 3/38) India U-19 174/10 (Adarsh Singh 47, Murugan Abhishek 42, Beardman 3/15) by 79 runs.

Australia continued to have a strong hold on India when it came to the ICC Tournament finals as they cruised to a dominating 79-run win and, in the process, clinched their 4th title.

Two of the most dominant sides of the 15th edition of the ICC Under-19 World Cup took each other in the campaign's final; it is their third-ever meeting in a final of U-19 WC after 2012 and 2018, with India coming on top on both occasions.

While the India U-19 remained unchanged from their thrilling win in the Semi-final, Australia had one change, with Charlie Anderson replacing Tom Campbell.

Talking points of the India-Australia Under-19 final

The game's major talking point must be India’s batting failure. The top order has been prolific, with the likes of Arshin Kulkarni, Uday, Sachin Dhas, and Musheer Khan all scoring centuries at different stages of the tournament. But on the big game, the batting line-up collapsed, with none of the batters getting a start.

Aussies post a challenging total on the board

Australia skipper Hugh Weibgen opted to bat first after winning the coin toss. India bowlers were right on the money with their spearhead Raj Limbani accounting for Sam Konstas (0) in the 3rd over. However, a partnership of 78 between Harry Dixon and captain Weibgen for the second wicket steadied the ship for the Aussies before a double strike by Naman Tiwari sent back both the set batters in quick succession.

Harjas Singh and his 66-run stand for the fourth wicket averted further Australia collapse and ensured they were on the track to post a competitive total. Despite India taking wickets at regular intervals, the Aussies managed to surpass the 250-run mark on the big day of the final thanks to a fighting knock of 46* from Oliver Peake, who also contributed to the Aussies cause in their semi-final game.

Australia bowlers rattle India's top-order

India’s start to their chase of 254 was far from ideal as Callum Vidler dismissed Arshin Kulkarni early in the piece, and the team slipped into further trouble, losing 3 of its batting mainstays, Musheer Khan, Sachin Dhas, and skipper Uday Saharan inside 20 overs. This proved detrimental for the defending champions as they could never recover from the early jolt.

Australia made further inroads into the Indian line-up, removing last-match hero Sachin Dhas cheaply, and they lost 6 wickets with less than 100 on the board. Despite a fighting hand by Murugan Abhishek (42), Australia beat India by 79 runs at the end.

Top 3 performances from the game between India and Australia 

Raj Limbani strikes thrice for India

India got the upper hand in the game as early as the third over when the pacer Limbani found the timber of opener Sam Konstas for a duck. The left-arm quickie bowled a great tidy five-over spell in the first powerplays, giving away just 12 runs in the phase.


He then returned in the middle overs to remove the well-set Ryan Hicks for 20 and broke the 66-run stand between him & Harjas Singh. Limbani eventually finished as India’s bowler for the day with figures of 

ICC U-19 World Cup Final, 2024, AUS vs IND_ Australia beat India in final and lift trophy for the 4th time Walking Wicket (Images_ ©ICC_Twitter)
Mahil beardman took 3-15 against India in final (Images: ©ICC/Twitter)

Oliver Peake out to rescue Australia once again 

The 17-year-old left-hander’s 49 in the Semi-final was a match-winning and a mature one. He again showed his ability with his 46 from just 43 balls in the final, which proved decisive in Australia winning their fourth ICC Under 19 World Cup.

He came to the crease when the Aussies were 4 wickets down, and soon, the well-set half-century maker Harjas Singh also departed. The onus fell on Peake to continue from where he left off against Pakistan, and the youngster delivered yet again on the big stage. He not only went at a brisk pace but also played well alongside the lower order. His unbeaten knock of 46 was pivotal in Australia crossing the 250-run mark.

Mahli Beardman shines for Australia on the big match occasion 

Australia had posted a competitive total on the board, and it was up to the bowlers to back up the good work of their batters. The youngsters from Australia did just that as they rattled the prolific India top and middle-order.

One of the main architects was the medium-pace bowler Mahli Beardman, who snapped the fulcrum of India’s batting in the tournament. First, he dismissed the in-form batter Musheer Khan for 22 and then provided the Aussies with another breakthrough in the form of skipper Uday Saharan a few overs later. This pushed back India and gave a sense of ascendency to Australia. 

The young pacer also accounted for the only India batter to get a start, Adarsh Singh, thus eliminating any chance of a comeback and finishing with an impressive 3/15.

Statistical Highlights from IND U-19 vs AUS U-19
  • This was India’s record 9th ICC Under 19 World Cup final appearance and 5th successive in as many events. 

  • Likewise, this is Australia’s 6th appearance in the final, and they have won 3 times, the last of which came back in 2010.

  • With this win, Australia claimed their fourth Under-19 title on the global stage.

  • India remains the most successful Under-19 team in World Cup history, winning the title 5 times.

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