- Feb 29, 2024
- Feb 8, 2023
Australia have put up a competitive 253 runs in the first innings of the U19 World Cup final at Willowmoore Park. After winning the toss, they opted to bat and capitalized on solid contributions from several batsmen.
Harjas Singh led the charge with a well-constructed 55 off 64 deliveries, anchoring the innings through middle overs. His innings included three boundaries and as many sixes. He received valuable support from Harry Dixon (42), Hugh Weibgen (48), and Oliver Peake (46), who all chipped in with crucial knocks. India’s bowling attack did well, with Raj Limbani returning figures of 3-38. Naman Tiwari picked up two wickets while Saumy Pandey and Musheer Khan picked up one apiece.
India has already lost a wicket in the chase, that of the extremely talented Arshin Kulkarni. This score presents a significant challenge for the Indian U19 team, who will need to bat smartly to chase down the target. the onus will once again be on the captain, Uday Saharan who has been exceptional right throughout the tournament. At the moment, the crease is occupied by Adarsh Singh and Musheer Khan.
India remains undefeated throughout the tournament and boasts a strong batting line-up. However, they face a daunting task against a confident Australian bowling attack. The stage is set for an exciting finale, with both teams vying for the coveted U19 World Cup title.
Another crucial wicket for #TeamIndia and this time it's Musheer Khan with the ball! 😁
Australia are 6 down, how many runs will they end up with on board? 👀
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) February 11, 2024
A thrilling highlight for India in the U19 World Cup final came when Musheer Khan pulled off a spectacular catch to dismiss Australia’s dangerous batsman Raf MacMillan. Facing a probing length delivery on off-stump, MacMillan intended a quick single to long-off. However, the ball gripped the surface unexpectedly, causing him to chip it straight back towards Khan. With lightning reflexes, the young Indian fielder dived full-length to his left and snagged the ball one-handed, sending MacMillan back to the pavilion. This stunning dismissal not only boosted India’s morale but also put a crucial dent in Australia’s momentum.