Australia clinched a fourth Under-19 World Cup title by defeating India by 79 runs. This marks the fourth time they have won the tournament, with previous victories in 1988, 2002, and 2010. Only India has won more titles, claiming a total of five crowns, including the previous edition in 2022. However, this also marks the fourth time India has finished as runners-up, making them the most successful runners-up team in the tournament’s history.
In the final match against India, Australia scored a total of 253 for 7 runs, which is now the highest score achieved by any team in an Under-19 World Cup final. This surpassed England’s previous highest chase of 242 for 3 in the 1998 edition. Additionally, this victory marked Australia’s first win against India since their defeat in August 1998.
On the other hand, India suffered a loss to Australia that ended their streak of winning youth ODI matches while chasing after defeating Sri Lanka in August 2018. Only one team has successfully defended their Under-19 World Cup crown – Pakistan in 2006 – and both Australia and India have finished as runners-up while attempting to defend their title multiple times, including in recent years such as 2014 and now in 2016.
Despite their defeat, one player from India stood out – Uday Saharan scored an impressive total of 397 runs during the tournament. He also holds the record for being captain with second-most runs scored in a single edition. Additionally, Sampath Bandarupalli from ESPNcricinfo highlighted that this was also India’s lowest opening partnership since they lost to South Africa at home in August