In a commanding performance, Australia secured a resounding
victory over India by 79 runs to claim the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024
championship in Benoni.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Australia posted a formidable total of 253/7, setting the highest-ever score in a U19 World Cup final. Notable contributions from Harjas Singh, Harry Dixon, and Ollie Peak propelled Australia's innings, with Raj Limbani being the standout bowler for India, claiming 3/38.
India's chase faltered early as they lost key wickets within the first 20 overs, struggling to build momentum against Australia's disciplined bowling attack. Despite a valiant effort from Abhishek Murugan, Australia maintained control and sealed the game in the 44th over, with Mahli Beardman earning the Player of the Match award for his impressive bowling performance of 3/15.
Australia's innings saw a strong start from Harry Dixon, complemented by a steady partnership between Harjas Singh and Ryan Hicks. Harjas's maiden fifty provided a crucial foundation for Australia, despite Saumy Pandey's late breakthroughs for India.