India and Australia recovered from dramatic semi-finals to book their places in a thrilling final. Benoni will stage the final on Sunday, February 11, at 10:00 local time (SAST).
India and Australia will once again compete for silverware in the final of the ICC Under-19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2024 after an impressive run of semi-final encounters at Willowmoor Park, Benoni on Sunday, with free entry available for all fans.
Team India in the final
India defeated South Africa, the hosts, by two wickets in a close game on Tuesday to guarantee their spot in the championship. With a match-winning combination between Sachin Dhaas and captain Uday Saharan, India pulled off a thrilling victory by mounting a formidable recovery from 32 for four in pursuit of 245 to win.
Australian team in the final
There was no shortage of drama in Thursday’s second semi-final as Australia secured a one-wicket win over Pakistan in the final over of the competition. After bowling out Pakistan for less than a total of 179, Australia faltered in their chase before their middle and lower order built crucial partnerships that helped them take the lead thrillingly.
The much-awaited final between the two sides will be held on Sunday, February 11th, at Willowmoor Park, Benoni, the same venue where both semi-finals were held, with the action starting at 10:00 am local time (SAST).
Both India and Australia are undefeated in the finals, have topped their respective groups in both the preliminary stage and Super Six stage, and can boast some of the most exciting young talent on the planet.
Hugh Wiebgen of Australia and India’s skipper Uday Saharan are future stars who have both set their sights on winning the prized trophy on Sunday. They have both shined throughout the campaign.
Speaking before the final, India captain, Uday Saharan said: “As we approach the World Cup final, we are carrying the dreams of billions of hearts on our shoulders. Our journey has been a testament to our hard work, unity and love for the game.
“In this final battle, our goal is to create a legacy that inspires the next generation. It’s not just a game; this is your chance to register your name in history.
“Right from our first game, we have played with passion, determination and belief that we will bring home the coveted title. In the final, it is going to be no different against Australia as we move one step closer to successfully defending the title. Together, as a team, as a nation, we are entering the finals, ready to seize our moment and make India proud.
“As captain, I couldn’t have asked for anything more from my team as we stand on the brink of making history.”
Australia Captain, Hugh Wiebgen: “We are really pleased to make the final after a close match against Pakistan and we can’t wait to face India in Sunday’s final.
“The entire team has done a fantastic job throughout the tournament and lifting the trophy on Sunday will mean a lot to us as a group. This is an opportunity to make our coaches as well as our family and friends extremely proud. They have helped and supported us throughout the journey.
He said, “India has also had a great tournament so far and they are a class team. “We’re expecting them to challenge us and we’re looking forward to it.”
These two teams have met twice before in the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup final, with India winning on both previous occasions in 2012 and 2018.
The official appointments for Sunday’s final have also been confirmed, with Allahuddin Palekar and Langton Russere selected as on-field umpires. Rashid Riaz will play the role of TV umpire, Roland Black will play the role of fourth umpire and Shaid Wadwalla will play the role of match referee.
Benoni fans who want to watch the U19 Men’s U19 CWC 2024 champion be crowned can do so for free at Sunday’s final. The on-field action will be accompanied by a vibrant festive atmosphere, with live music and entertainment on offer that promises to be a memorable display of cricket.
Fans in India will be able to watch the action on Star Sports 1 and Disney+ Hotstar, along with free-to-air coverage on Doordarshan. In Australia, Prime Video will provide live coverage across all devices.
In the host country South Africa, SuperSport Cricket will present live coverage that also extends to Sub-Saharan Africa.
Live broadcast and coverage
CricLife Max and StarzPlay will provide coverage in the MENA region, while the match will be broadcast on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event channels in the UK, with additional live coverage by Willow (India, USA and Canada), SportsDanka, and ESPN Caribbean (Caribbean). Will be given. and in New Zealand on Sky Sports 2.
More information is available at u19worldcup.com