Australia clinched a fourth Under-19 World Cup title after defeating India by 79 runs. This marked the fourth time that Australia has won the tournament, with previous victories in 1988, 2002, and 2010. Only India has won more titles, claiming a total of five crowns, including the previous edition in 2022. This also marked the fourth time India has finished as runners-up, the most by any team in the tournament’s history.
Australia’s total of 253 for 7 against India in the final is the highest total by any team in an Under-19 World Cup final. This surpassed England’s previous highest chase of 242 for 3 in the 1998 edition. Australia’s win against India in the 2024 final marked their first victory against India since their triumph over them at home back in August of that year.
India’s loss to Australia ended their streak of 22 consecutive youth ODI matches won while chasing, with their previous defeat coming back then against Sri Lanka. Only one team has successfully defended their Under-19 World Cup crown, Pakistan back in 2006. Both Australia and India have finished as runners-up while attempting to defend their title in several editions: they both did so back then, and again this year (in different years).
Despite his team’s defeat, Uday Saharan from India was named as one of the standout players of the tournament after scoring a whopping total of 397 runs across six games – second only to Australian skipper Tilak Varma’s tally (456). Additionally, it was only Saharan’s second defeat chasing on this level – he had scored a hundred when leading Pakistan last year – while Bandarupalli was unbeaten on his debut as statistician at ESPNcricinfo for this tournament too!