Men's U19 World Cup: Harjas' half-century helps Australia reach 253/7 in final despite Limbani's 3-38

Fast bowlers Raj Limbani and Naman Tiwari combined for five wickets each as India Under-19 defeated their Australian counterparts by 253/7, riding on a fighting half-century from middle-order batsman Harjas Singh in the final of the ICC Men's Under-19 Cricket World Cup here on Sunday. But stopped. ,

Harjas scored 55 runs in 64 balls and helped Australia U19 reach 253/7 in 50 overs with the help of half-centuries from opener Harry Dixon (42), captain Hugh Wiebgen (48) and Oliver Peak (46 not out). Helped, which is the biggest score till date. In the U19 World Cup final. For India, Raj Limbani took 3-38, while Naman Tiwary took 3-63, helping India break the Australian innings at opportune times.

India went into the match without any changes, while Australia U19 made the only change from their semi-final win over Pakistan, replacing Tom Campbell with Charlie Anderson.

Harry Dixon started aggressively and scored 15 runs in the first over of Tiwari. However, Limbani provided the first blow to India, swinging one and dismissing Sam Konstas in the third over. India soon turned to spin and managed to contain the scoring rate in the first powerplay.

Dixon and Wiebgen were alert against the spinners at the start of the middle overs, while also calmly scoring runs to keep the scoreboard ticking. Australia scored 42 runs in overs 11–20, with boundaries becoming easier towards the end of that period. The return to pace yielded immediate results in the 21st over, as Tiwary dismissed Wiebgen for 48. The left-handed batsman struck again in his next over, this time getting the better of Dixon. The slower ball outfoxed the southpaw, and he edged it to Abhishek Murugan – Australia's score was 99/3 in the 23rd over.

After this, Harjas Singh and Ryan Hicks patiently made a comeback for Australia. Harjas, who had scored only 49 runs so far in the tournament, opened his arms by hitting a six and a four against the spin of Priyanshu Molia in the 28th over. After this they hit a flurry of fours and both added 66 runs for the fourth wicket.

Hicks was eventually trapped LBW by Limbani on 20, but Australia were moving at a good run rate. Harjas punched a full toss off Tiwary in the 37th over to complete his maiden half-century at the Under-19 World Cup – hitting three fours and as many maximum sixes in 59 balls.

Soumya Pandey soon made a comeback for India by dismissing Harjas. The batsman tried to sweep Pandey towards the on-side, but missed and was out LBW.

Ollie Peake's positive intent helped Australia take their total past 200, while India's bowlers continued to score runs. Ultimately Australia added 66 runs in the last 10 overs. India now need to score 254 runs to win a record sixth ICC Men's U19 World Cup title, while Australia is hoping to win its fourth title.

A win would reaffirm India's status as a major force in junior men's cricket. For Australia, this will be another major ICC trophy to their name after recent success in the ICC World Test Championship Final 2023 and ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023. On both the occasions, they defeated the Indian teams and thus the India U19 team would win. Hoping to avenge the last two defeats.

Brief Score:

Australia U19 vs India U19 253/7 in 50 overs (Harjas Singh 55, Hugh Wiebgen 48, Oliver Peak 46 not out, Harry Dixon 42; Raj Limbani 3-38, Naman Tiwari 2-63).

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