India's path to the final of Under-19 World Cup 2024

India will take on Australia in the final of the Under-19 World Cup 2024 at Willowmoor Park, Benoni on Sunday, February 11. This will be the third consecutive clash between the two sides in an ICC event.

Last year, India and Australia met in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval as well as the summit clash of the ODI World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The Australian team won both competitions, capping a memorable year for them.

Men in Blue have a better record than Australia Under-19 World Cup, The two sides have met twice in the finals of ICC events, with India winning both times.

India defeated Australia by six wickets in the 2012 final in Townsville. Chasing the target of 226 runs, they reached home in 47.4 overs. India faced Australia again in the 2018 Under-19 World Cup final at Mount Maunganui. The Prithvi Shaw-led side registered an impressive eight-wicket win as India chased down 217 without any trouble.

overall, India Has won the championship five times and is the most successful team of the tournament. Actually, he will play his fifth consecutive Under-19 World Cup final. As the Men in Blue prepare for another summit clash at the ICC event, we trace the team's path to the final.


Cruising through the group stage

The Men in Blue have been dominant in the Under-19 World Cup 2024. (Photo: Getty Images)

India were placed in Group A with Bangladesh, Ireland and the United States and comfortably topped the group by winning all three matches.

They defeated Bangladesh by 84 runs in their opening match of the Under-19 World Cup 2024 in Bloemfontein. Batting first, despite 76 runs from Adarsh ​​Singh and the captain, their score on the board was 251/7. Uday SaharanHowever, Soumya Pandey took 4 for 24, leaving Bangladesh all out for 167 in 45.5 overs.

India's next match was against Ireland in which they registered a resounding 201-run win. Musheer Khan scored 118 and skipper Saharan 75 as the Men in Blue scored 301/7, batting first. Naman Tiwary (4/53) and Soumya Pandey (3/21) then shone with the ball as they bowled out Ireland for 100 in 29.4 overs.

Team India continued its winning streak with another 201-run win over USA. Thanks to Arshin Kulkarni's 108 and Musheer's 73 runs, the Men in Blue scored 326/5. Tiwary then claimed 4/20, while others also contributed as USA reached 125/8 in 50 overs.


Tremendous victory in Super Six round

Even in the Super Six round, India did not face much trouble and registered an easy victory. new zealand and Nepal by 214 and 132 runs respectively in Bloemfontein.

The Kiwi team sent the Men in Blue to bat in their first Super Six match. They scored a competitive 295/8 and Musheer again top-scored with 131, while opener Adarsh ​​Singh contributed 52 runs. With the ball, Pandey claimed 4/19, while Raj Limbani and Musheer took two wickets each, leading to New Zealand's collapse. At 81 runs in 28.1 overs.

In the encounter against Nepal, India again batted first and scored 297/5 thanks to centuries from Saharan (100). Sachin Das (116). Pandey then took 4/29, while Arshin claimed 2/18, as Nepal were restricted to 165/9.


Overcame the resistance of a spirited South Africa in the semi-finals

South Africa gave a tough competition to India in the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup 2024.  (Photo: Getty Images)South Africa gave a tough competition to India in the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup 2024.  (Photo: Getty Images)
South Africa gave a tough competition to India in the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup 2024. (Photo: Getty Images)

India's first real challenge in the Under-19 World Cup 2024 comes against a strong South African team in the first semi-final in Benoni. However, the Men in Blue kept their spirits up to win by two wickets and book their place in another Under-19 World Cup final.

Sent in to bat, the Proteas scored 244/7, with openers Luan-Dre Pretorius contributing 76 and Richard Seletswain contributing 64. For India, Limbani took 3/60, while Musheer recorded figures of 2/43 from his 10 overs.

In the chase, Men in Blue were reduced to 32/4 quena mafaka (3/32) and Tristan Luus (3/37) took important wickets. However, Dhas (96) and captain Saharan (81) brought the target back on track by adding 171 runs for the fifth wicket. They lost a few more wickets, but performed well enough to book their place in the Under-19 World Cup 2024 final.

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