In the U19 World Cup match between Australia and India, Hugh Weibgen made a bold decision to bat first in Benoni. Despite some initial struggles, Australia came in for the final with one change – Charlie Anderson replacing Tom Campbell. Meanwhile, India remained unchanged.
Australia had a strong first innings, reaching a total of 253/7, the highest-ever in an U19 World Cup final. Harjas Singh led the scoring with 55, while Weibgen, Harry Dixon, and Ollie Peak contributed crucial 40s. Raj Limbani stood out for India with 3/38.
India’s chase got off to a rocky start as they lost four batters within the first 20 overs, including their top three run-getters in the tournament – Musheer Khan, Uday Saharan, and Sachin Dhas. However, Australia continued to take wickets and grabbed four more in the overs 21-32. Despite a late charge from Abhishek Murugan, it was clear that an Australia win was inevitable and they sealed the game in the 44th over.
In the early moments of India’s chase, Arshin Kulkarni was dismissed followed by cautious play from Adarsh Singh and Musheer Khan. But when Musheer was bowled for 22 and Uday Saharan caught by Weibgen for 8 soon after Sachin Dhas fell edging one behind the stumps things started looking bleak for India. Priyanshu Moliya and Aravelly Avanish were also quickly dismissed leaving Adarsh Singh as the lone fighter with a resilient 47 but even his efforts were in vain as he eventually fell too which left Abhishek Murugan to score a feisty 42 but it was too late for India to turn the game around