India and Australia are set to renew the rivalry once again on the global stage as both the teams face off in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2024. Senior teams have already faced off against each other in the past year, with Australia emerging victorious. Victorious on both occasions – WTC 2023 Final and ICC ODI World Cup Final.
How India made it to the finals
India secured their place in the final by defeating hosts South Africa by two wickets in a tense match on Tuesday. Chasing 245 to win, India staged a strong comeback from 32 for four thanks to a brilliant match-winning partnership between Sachin Dhaas and captain Uday Saharan to pull off a memorable win.
How Australia made it to the finals
There was no shortage of drama in the second semi-final as Australia emerged victorious over Pakistan by one wicket in the final over of the competition. After bowling out Pakistan for a minimum score of 179 runs, Australia faltered in their chase before their middle and lower order built crucial partnerships that helped them take the lead in thrilling fashion.
The much-awaited final between the two sides will be held on Sunday 11th February at Willowmoor Park, Benoni, the same venue where both the semi-finals were held, with the action starting at 1:30 PM IST.
India and Australia reach U19 World Cup final 2024
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.
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India Under-19 captain Uday Saharan. Photo: ICC
India captain Uday Saharan: “As we approach the World Cup final, we carry the dreams of billions of hearts. 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, against Australia, it will be no different 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 because we are close to creating history.
Australia Under 19 captain Hugh Wiebgen. Photo: ICC
Australia captain Hugh Wiebgen: “We are delighted to reach the final after a close match against Pakistan and we can't wait to face India in the final on Sunday.
“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, family and friends extremely proud. They have helped and supported us throughout the journey.
“India have also had a great tournament and are a class team. We hope that they will present a challenge for us and we are looking forward to it.
India Under 19 vs Australia Under 19 face to face in the final
These two teams have met twice before in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup final, with India winning on both the previous occasions in 2012 and 2018.
Match Official for ICC Under-19 World Cup 2024
- On-field umpire: Allahuddin Palekar and Langton Rusare
- Third-umpire: Rashid Riaz
- Fourth umpire: roland black
- Match Referee: Shaid Wadwalla
ICC Under 19 World Cup 2024 Final Tickets
Benoni fans who want to watch the U19 Men's U19 CWC 2024 champion be crowned can do so for free at Sunday's final. The on-field action will be accompanied by a lively festive atmosphere, with live music and entertainment on offer adding to the promise of a memorable cricket showcase.
Fans in India can watch the action on Star Sports 1 and Disney+ Hotstar, with free-to-air coverage on Doordarshan. In Australia, Prime Video will provide live coverage across all devices.