U19 Men's Cricket World Cup: Defending champion India faces Australia in marquee final

final of ICC Under-19 Men's Cricket World Cup 2024 After an excellent round of semi-final matches, India and Australia will once again be seen competing for silverware.

After this India confirmed its place in the final Defeated host South Africa by two wickets in a tense matchup on Tuesday. Chasing 245 to win, India bounced back from 32/4 to seal a memorable victory thanks to a brilliant match-winning partnership between Sachin Dhaas and captain Uday Saharan.

There was no shortage of drama in Thursday's second semi-final as Australia emerged victorious over Pakistan. by one wicket In the last over of the competition.

After bowling out Pakistan for less than a total of 179, Australia faltered in their chase before their middle and lower order built crucial partnerships that helped them take the lead in thrilling fashion.

Coincidentally, this was also the same match in the final of the Senior Men's ICC World Cup in November 2023, where Australia defeated India by six wickets to become six-time champions. India are also in a similar position here, where they will have a chance to create history, having already won the tournament five times – in 2002, 2008, 2012, 2018 and 2022, which will give them a chance to defend their title.

The much-awaited final between the two sides will be held on Sunday, February 11 at Willowmoor Park, Benoni, the same venue where both the semi-finals were held, with the action starting at 1.30 pm IST.

Both India and Australia are undefeated in the finals, have topped their respective groups in both the preliminary stage and Super Six stage, and can boast some of the most exciting young talent on the planet.

Future stars who have impressed throughout the competition include India captain Uday Saharan and Australia's Hugh Wiebgen, and both have their sights set on lifting the coveted trophy on Sunday.

Speaking before the final, India captain, Uday Saharan said: “As we approach the World Cup final, we are carrying the dreams of billions of hearts on our shoulders. Our journey has been a testament to our hard work, unity and love for the game.

“In this final battle, our goal is to create a legacy that inspires the next generation. It's not just a game; This is your chance to register your name in history.

“Right from our first game, we have played with passion, determination and belief that we will bring home the coveted title. In the final, it is going to be no different against Australia as we move one step closer to successfully defending the title. Together, as a team, as a nation, we will enter the final, ready to seize our moment and make India proud.

“As a captain, I couldn't have asked for anything more from my team as we stand on the brink of making history.”

Australia Captain, Hugh Wiebgen: “We are really pleased to make the final after a close match against Pakistan and we can't wait to take on India in Sunday's final.

“The entire team has done a fantastic job throughout the tournament and lifting the trophy on Sunday will mean a lot to us as a group. This is an opportunity to make our coaches as well as family and friends extremely proud. They have helped and supported us throughout the journey.

He said, “India has also had a great tournament so far and they are a class team. “We’re expecting them to challenge us and we’re looking forward to it.”

These two teams have met twice before in the ICC U19 Men's Cricket World Cup final, with India winning on both the previous occasions in 2012 and 2018.

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