New Delhi: The ICC U19 World Cup 2024 will bid goodbye following the summit finale clash between India and Australia who will fight their hearts out for the supremacy of the elite title at Benoni’s Willowmoore Park on Sunday. Both sides have been on a stellar run in the marquee event, remaining unbeaten in their quest for the trophy while coming through the group stage, the Super Six stage, and the crucial semi-finals.
Their respective campaigns were lit up with highly impressive performances from their players who struck at the right moment to guide their side to a victory in every game. The final match between the cricketing giants can said to be an all-alone clash between the Indian batters and the Kangaroo bowlers due to the stunning stats that they have produced ahead of the final.
The tournament has made it clear that the Indian batters were a force to reckon with as they hit the bowlers left, right, and centre to post mammoth totals and chase the targets with ease. As many as three Blue boys have made the cut to the top 10 highest run-getters ahead of the final. Australia are one batter short to compete with India as they have got two of their batters in the top 10.
Meanwhile, Australia shined riding on the back of their bowlers who delivered exceptional performances in the middle, rattling the batting lineup of the opposition. In many games when the team was in dire need of a miracle, it was their bowlers who saved them from a defeat and ensured that the team remained unbeaten. Australia have got two of their bowlers in the top 10 highest wicket-taker list while India has got just one.
Who are the IND-AUS batters gracing the top 10 list?
If talking about the Indian batters, not the top 10, but the top 3 spots have been acquired by Uday Saharan (1), Musheer Khan (2), and Sachin Dhas (3). Uday leads the table having amassed 389 runs in six matches, averaging 64.83 at a strike rate of 78.90. He has a century (highest score) and three fifties to his name. Reigning second is Musheer Khan who scored 338 runs in six matches at an average of 67.60 and with a strike rate of 78.90. His highest score is 131 and has two tons and a fifty to his name. Next is Sachin Dhas on third who has smashed 294 runs in six games at an average of 73.50 and with a strike rate of 116.66, including a single century and fifty. His highest score is 116 runs.
There are two Australian batters namely Harry Dixon who sits fifth with 267 runs in six games, averaging 44.50 and has a strike rate of 82.40. His highest score is 89 runs and he has three fifties to his name. Another batter is the skipper Hugh Weibgen himself who sits eighth on the list with 256 runs in six matches. He averaged at 51.20 having a strike rate of 85.61 and has a hundred and a half-century to himself. He has the highest score of 120 runs.
Who are the IND-AUS bowlers gracing the top 10 list?
This is where Australia is a step ahead of India as two of their bowlers – Tom Straker and Callum Vidler shine in the top 10 highest wicket-takers list. Straker sits fifth having bagged 12 wickets in five matches at an economy of 3.09. He bagged a five-wicket haul as well and added one more wicket to it to register his best figures 6/24. Just beneath him on seventh is his mate Vidler who picked 12 wickets in five games as well but with an economy of 3.88. He has two four-wicket hauls to his name, best figures being 4/17.
Talking about India, it’s just spinner Saumy Pandey, the lone warrior who sits above both the Aussies, on third clinching 17 wickets in six games at an economy of 2.44. He bagged three four-wicket hauls and registered his best figures as 4/19.
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