India lost the final of U19 World Cup against Australia© AFP
The memories of the fateful night of November 19, 2023 are still fresh in the hearts of the millions of Indian fans. It was the day when the Rohit Sharma-led side got edged past by Australia and lost the coveted ODI World Cup trophy. However, the fans had to relive that night again as India failed to clinch the Under-19 World Cup title after losing to Australia in the summit clash on Sunday. Just like the senior team, Uday Saharan and co had a phenomenal campaign as they remained unbeaten in the tournament, before losing to Australia in the final.
This was India’s third consecutive loss against Australia in an ICC final. Earlier, they lost in the ODI World Cup 2023 and and World Test Championship final.
After India’s heartbreaking loss in the Under-19 World Cup final, social media got flooded with several memes.
Beating Australia in a WC Final. These two should be honored for this achievement. pic.twitter.com/j8XfWLzNUu
— Manya (@CSKian716) February 11, 2024
— Pulkit🇮🇳 (@pulkit5Dx) February 11, 2024
— Komedi Wali (@vegetarianmee) February 11, 2024
Final mein pahuchte hi Australia team india se pic.twitter.com/0zqD7rSJID
— Desi Bhayo (@desi_bhayo88) February 11, 2024
Talking about the match, batting by choice, the Aussies posted a healthy 253 for seven as India were forced to mount the highest chase in a youth World Cup summit clash.
But Uday Saharan’s side floundered in the final step to glory, stumbling to 174 all out as the relentless Aussie bowlers led by the furious Mahli Beardman (3/15) and the crafty off-spinner Raf MacMillan (3/43) did not give them any breathing space.
This was Australia’s fourth U19 title and first since 2010 and, in a way, they also washed away the pain of losing to India in two title matches in 2012 and 2018.
(With PTI Inputs)
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