India's batting lineup failed when it mattered most as Uday Saharan and Co. faltered while chasing 254 in the summit clash at Willowmoor Park.
The defeat was India's third consecutive defeat against Australia in an ICC event – the World Test Championship final and the 2023 ODI World Cup final.
The Australian team added a new chapter to the script of Australia's dominance over India with a crushing victory in the ICC World Cup final, shattering India's dream of winning the title for a record sixth time.
as it happened
Batting at their discretion, Australia posted 253 for seven, forcing India to chase the highest target in the summit clash of the Youth World Cup.
But Uday Saharan's side faltered in the final stages of the glory and were bowled out for 174 as the relentless Australian bowlers led by the fiery Mahali Beardman (3/15) and crafty off-spinner Rafe McMillan (3/43) denied them a chance. . Any breathing room.
It was Australia's fourth U19 title and first since 2010 and, in a way, they also washed away the pain of losing to India in two title matches in 2012 and 2018.
Many will see this result as a continuation of Australia's victory over India in the Senior World Cup in Ahmedabad last year.
Fast bowler Callum Vidler started Australia's winning streak by dismissing Indian opener Arshin Kulkarni, giving the lead to stumper Ryan Hicks.
From that point on, India failed to build any meaningful partnerships as the frontline batsmen including captain Saharan (8), Mushir Khan, who was relieved at duck, and Sachin Dhaas (9) departed without making any real contributions.
Beardman broke Musheer (22)'s defense with a ball that was a little low, while the fast bowler tempted Saharan, the tournament's leading run-scorer, with a ball slightly wide of the off-stump, but his slash ended. Hugh Wiebgen at Gaya Point.
Beardman later took the wicket of opening batsman Adarsh Singh, who was India's top scorer on the day with 47 runs from 77 balls, shocking the Indian batting unit with pace and bounce.
If the Indian batsmen could not withstand the hostility of Beardman, a disciple of the great Dennis Lillee, they could not match the guile of McMillan, Australia's only spinner on this day.
McMillan was brought in in the 20th over and dismissed Dhaas with his very first ball, a regulation catch from Hicks behind the stumps.
India's score then read 68 runs for four wickets and Dhaas's dismissal was a blow to their chances.
The strapping offie later also got the wickets of Aravelli Avneesh and Raj Limbani, preventing any late Indian punch.
Murugan Abhishek (42, 45b) along with Naman Tiwary tried their best to add the innings-high 46 runs for the ninth wicket, but the task proved beyond their reach.
However, Australian batsmen can also take due credit for this victory.
Nobody really scored long, but they fired collectively around Harjas Singh (55, 64b, 3×4, 3×6) and Indian fast bowlers Limbani (3/38) and Tiwary (2/63) ).
Limbani, who produced a good clip from the pitch, bowled opener Sam Konstas with a beautiful inbound ball to deny the Australians the fast start they have so often done in this tournament.
But the Australian team got stability through Harry Dixon (42, 56 balls) and captain Vibgen (48, 66 balls).
In fact, Dixon started with a bang and dismissed left-arm pacer Tiwary (2/63) for 4, 6, 4 in the second over, but he settled into a more relaxed rhythm in Wiebgen's company .
The hallmark of their second-wicket stand of 78 runs in 18.1 overs was how they negated the Indian spinners, a major restrictive force in this showpiece.
There were no big hits but Dixon and Wiebgen managed to keep the scoreboard moving with those singles and twos.
As the stands were moving forward, Saharan bowled the ball to Tiwary, who was pulled back after an expensive first spell.
Tiwary correctly answered his leader's call to get rid of the set Wiebgen, whose drive was in Mushir's hands on point.
The left-arm fast bowler brought India back into the game by dismissing Dixon two overs later. At that time the Australian team's score was 99 runs for three wickets. But Harjas and Ryan Hicks (20) kept their team afloat by adding 66 runs in 11.2 overs for the fourth wicket.
Harjas struggled initially, but hitting sixes and fours on consecutive balls from off-spinner Priyanshu Molia gave him the confidence he needed.
The left-hander was a changed player from that point on and he nullified Abhishek's off-breaks with a series of sweeps and slog-sweeps, and two of them landing deep inside the stands for maximums.
Harjas brought up his first half-century of the tournament by hitting a four at long-off off Tiwary, but he failed to last long as he was declared LBW in another attempt to sweep left-arm spinner Soumya Pandey.
But Oliver Peak (46 not out off 43 balls) and Charlie Anderson (13) added a valuable 34 runs for the seventh wicket to help Australia reach a high enough score.
(With inputs from PTI)