Australia has won the Under-19 World Cup title for the fourth time in its history, defeating India by 79 runs. This victory marks the first time that Australia has won the tournament since 2002 and is only the second time they have done so without an opening partnership of at least 50.
India, who finished as runners-up, has a total of five crowns to their name, including the previous edition in 2022. They have lost to Australia in four out of their five appearances in this tournament, making it the most successful team against Australia.
Australia’s total of 253 for 7 is now the highest total by any team in an Under-19 World Cup final. This surpasses England’s previous highest chase of 242 for 3 in the 1998 edition. Uday Saharan from India was named as the standout player of the tournament, scoring a record number of runs with his captaincy.
Sampath Bandarupalli from ESPNcricinfo highlighted that India’s loss marked their streak of 22 consecutive youth ODI matches won while chasing come to an end. Both Australia and India have finished as runners-up while attempting to defend their title in four out of their last five appearances in this tournament: 2012, 2016, and 2018 were all times when they tried to defend but failed.