Under-19 World Cup : Australia clinch 79-run victory over India

BENONI (Agencies): Australia won the Under-19 World Cup for the fourth time after a 79-run victory over India in the final.

Australia posted a competitive 253-7 from their 50 overs as Harjas Singh top-scored with 55 while Raj Limbani took 3-38 for India.

India opener Adarsh Singh compiled a patient 47 but only three other India batters made double figures as they were dismissed for 174.

Mahli Beardman finished the pick of the bowlers for the Aussies with 3-15. Australia’s victory was the first time they had won the trophy at U19 level since 2010.

Victorious Australia captain Hugh Weibgen said: “I’m so proud of this group of boys and the coaches. A lot of work has gone in over the last few months.

“India are obviously a class side. They dominated the whole tournament and they were on the wrong side today but they have a lot of class.”

South Africa fast bowler Kwena Maphaka was named as the player of the tournament after he picked up 21 wickets at an average of 9.71.