Unbeaten Australia wins under-19 cricket World Cup after beating India by 79 runs in

BENONI, South Africa (AP) — Harjas Singh top-scored with 55 runs as Australia finished unbeaten to win the men’s under-19 World Cup after beating India by 79 runs in the final on Sunday.

After electing to bat, Australia scored 253-7 in its 50 overs. The Australians then bowled India out for 174 with player of the match Mahli Beardman (3-15) and Raf MacMillan (3-43) the leading bowlers for the winners.

Opener Ardah Singh led India with 47 runs while Murugan Abhishek added 42. Raj Limbani took 3-38 to lead the Indian bowlers.

It was Australia’s fourth under-19 men’s World Cup victory and its first since 2010 when current internationals Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood were members of the squad.

“We knew this was going to be a tough tournament given the standard of some of the teams and to go through undefeated says a lot about the talent we have in our squad and the excellence of our planning and preparation,” said Australia captain Hugh Weibgen, who scored 48 runs in the final.


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