New Delhi: Just one win stands between India and their record-extending 6th Under 19 World Cup title. The Boys in Blue have enjoyed a fantastic 21-day period at the showpiece event, where they emerged victorious in each and every match they played. For the 2024 U19 World Cup trophy, India and Australia will battle it out on Sunday at Benoni for the coveted trophy.
Team India’s journey to the finale has been marked by dominant performances and a series of comprehensive victories. Beginning with a 84-run win over Bangladesh to a 2-wicket victory over South Africa in the semi-final, the Indian team crossed all the hurdles to enter their ninth World Cup final. Out of the nine World Cup finals India have managed to reach, they have clinched victories in 5 of them.
As the Uday Saharan-led boys gear up to face the Kangaroos in the epic clash, we look back at their journey to the summit clash.
India’s road to the summit clash
India beat Bangladesh by 84 runs
India started off their World Cup campaign with a convincing win 84-run win against Bangladesh. Batting first, India scored 251 in the stipulated 50 overs, courtesy half-centuries by Adarsh Singh and captain Uday Saharan. Both Singh and Saharan joined hands for a 116-runs stand for the third wicket after India lost Arshin Kulkarni and Musheer Khan inside the Powerplay. In reply, Bangladesh folded for 167 runs in 45.5 overs as Saumy Pandey registered a match-winning wicket haul of 4/24.
India beat Ireland by 201 runs
India displayed their all-round dominance in this encounter as they decimated Ireland by 201 runs to register their second consecutive win. Batting first, India put up a mammoth 301 runs on board as Musheer Khan smashed 118 runs and Uday Saharan again played a captain’s knock of 75. They forged a 156-run stand for the third wicket. Chasing this massive score, the Irish team folded for just 100 runs after Naman Tiwari and Saumy Pandey bagged 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
India beat USA by 201 runs
In their third encounter, the Boys in Blue registered a victory over USA by the same margin as their second win. Team India again dominated with the bat as Arshin Kulkarni and Musheer Khan powered them to 326 runs. While Kulkarni scored 118, Khan smashed a 73-run knock. USA could not do much in front of a disciplined Indian bowling, bundling out for 125 runs. Naman Tiwari again emerged as the star with 4 wickets.
India beat New Zealand by 214 runs
In their fourth encounter, which was the Super Six match, India again continued their terrific form with the bat initially scoring 295 runs. Musheer Khan played a stellar innings while Adarsh Singh supported with a crucial fifty. The Kiwis were terrible in their chase as they were bowled out for just 81 runs. Musheer Khan starred with the ball as well picking two wickets while Raj Limbani also provided two early strikes. Saumy Pandey picked up another four-wicket haul to roll New Zealand over.
India beat Nepal by 132 runs
India earned their ticket to the semi-final of the event with another superlative victory over Nepal in the last Super six game. The Uday Saharan-led team again batted first and posted 297 runs, with skipper Saharan and Sachin Dhas smashing scintillating centuries. Chasing 298, Nepal put on a solid 48-run stand for the opening wicket but were rocked by the flurry of wickets that followed, led by Saumy Pandey’s four-for. Nepal concluded their innings at 165/9.
India beat South Africa by 2 wickets
The semi-final was something different for India as they chased for the first time in the tournament. A do or die clash, India encountered a tough challenge from hosts South Africa but ultimately emerged victorious by 2 wickets. Proteas scored a competitive 244/7 in 50 overs while India achieved the target with 7 balls and 2 wickets to spare.
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