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U-19 World Cup: What went wrong for India in the finals? – Cricket Country

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Australia emerged victorious in their third consecutive ICC event final, defeating India to claim the title of U-19 champions. The Men in Blue’s misfortune in the summit matches persisted. The Australian men’s team had already lost to them in the World Test Championship and the 2023 ODI final; now, the opposing U-19 squad had defeated them to win the trophy.

Nothing went well for India that night as a disciplined bowling attack from Australia left Uday Saharan and Co. with no room to score runs. Despite their best efforts, Adarsh Singh and Murugan Abhishek were unable to withstand the storm as seven Indian batsmen were removed for single figures.

Earlier on Sunday in Benoni, Australia defeated India with a score of 253/7 thanks to tenacious 46 from Oliver Peake and 55 from Harjas Singh, the best total in a U-19 World Cup final. The best bowler in India was Raj Limbani, who claimed three wickets, and Naman Tiwari, who claimed two.

India’s ineffective spin bowling attack

Right from the beginning the Australian batting lineup seemed calm, they were not scoring too slow nor too fast. The Aussies maintained their partnerships Weibgen and Dixion carried forward with the innings when Australia lost one early wicket and set up a solid partnership of 78 runs. Harjas Singh on the other hand played an outstanding knock of 55 runs which put his team in a very solid position. India came down with a spin inclined bowling lineup but that did not seem to be that effective. Only pacer Raj Limbani and Naman Tiwari took 3 and 2 wickets respectively, while spinners Saumy Pandey and Musheer Khan claimed one wicket each. Fast Bowling clearly dominated the first innings.

No solid partnerships and complete collapse of middle order

In the World Cup Final where the batting lineup was supposed to play a crucial role, it miserably failed and couldn’t survive the Australian bowling. Seven Indian batters ended up scoring just one digit, The inefficiency of superstar Sachin Dhas (9), Uday Saharan (8), Arshin Kulkarni (3), and Musheer Khan (22), among others, Australia was able to reduce India to 128-8. The only person who could save eight down was Murugan Abhishek (42) but when he was removed from the game, India’s dreams of winning the World Cup also vanished.

Uday Saharan in the Post-match presentation also spoke about how the middle order didn’t score runs:

We played a few rash shots today, didn’t spend time in the middle. We were prepared but couldn’t execute the plans.

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