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ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup final: History suggests India hold edge over Australia

India and Australia have squared off against each other on five instances in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, with India leading 3-2

cricket Updated: Feb 02, 2018 15:36 IST
Sidharth Gulati
India have a thin edge over Australia in the head-to-head in previous ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup meetings.
India have a thin edge over Australia in the head-to-head in previous ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup meetings.(ICC)

The Indian U-19 cricket team has been a force to reckon with when it comes to big tournaments. The Men in Blue have won the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup thrice and are a step away from becoming the only side to win four titles. To do so, they will have to ward off the final challenge in their path – Australia.

Both teams have squared off against each other on five instances in previous editions of the tournament, with India leading 3-2. Here is a look back at their previous encounters -

Australia Young Cricketers v India Young Cricketers at Berri - Feb 29, 1988

Their first encounter turned out to be a one-sided affair, with Australia sealing a comfortable seven-wicket win.

After being asked to bat, India were bundled out for 132, with Nayan Mongia scoring the most (46). Brian McFadyen was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, finishing with 4/20.

In reply, Stuart Law’s unbeaten 72 guided Australia home with 64 balls to spare.

The Geoff Parker-led side continued its good form and went on to win the inaugural edition of the tournament.

Super League d’Oliveira Pool: Australia Under-19s v India Under-19s at Centurion - Jan 20, 1998

Another easy ride for Australia. It wasn’t a one-man show this time around but a complete team effort which kept Amit Pagnis’ side to 174 despite Mohammed Kaif’s fighting 60.

James Hopes, who took two wickets, scored a fifty to help his side win the contest with more than 20 overs to spare.

It seemed Australia were following the lead of their senior team, thumping any opposition coming their way.

Semi-Final: Australia Under-19s v India Under-19s at Colombo (PSS) - Jan 25, 2000

It was India’s turn to return the favour as opener Ravneet Ricky’s masterful 108 guided his team to a thumping 170-run win.

His 108 included 12 boundaries. Though Yuvraj Singh grabbed some of the limelight with a blistering half-century, it was Ricky’s century that provided India the platform to go for a win. In reply to India’s 284/6, Australia could only manage 114.

Kaif’s team then went on to beat Sri Lanka in the final to win its maiden title.

Final: Australia Under-19s v India Under-19s at Townsville - Aug 26, 2012

The young guns came out all blazing in the coastal Australian town of Townsville to beat hosts and holders Australia by six wickets, powered by captain Unmukt Chand’s unbeaten 111 in a tense final on a bouncy pitch.

Wicketkeeper Smit Patel (62*) played a perfect supporting role and their unbroken 130-run stand saw India win the title for the third time.

Sent in to bat, Australia made 225/8, with captain William Bosisto scoring an unbeaten 87.

India started strongly but collapsed to 97-4 before Chand guided his team to victory with two overs to spare.

Chand’s innings was the defining performance of the World Cup as it came in demanding conditions and against rivals who were high on confidence after staying unbeaten until the final.

7th match, Group B: Australia Under-19s v India Under-19s at Mount Maunganui - Jan 14, 2018

In an authoritative show, Indian crushed Australia by a massive 100-run margin with bowlers complementing a splendid batting performance in Mount Maunganui.

Captain Prithvi Shaw led from the front with a 94-run knock and shared a 180-run stand with fellow opener Manjot Kalra (86) to power the three-time champions to a 328/7.

Kamlesh Nagrakoti (3/29) and Shivam Mavi (3/45) then impressed with their speed and shared six wickets between them to bowl Australia out for 228 in 42.5 overs.