In 50 overs, Australia, who opted to bat first, have scored 253 runs and lost 7 wickets. This is the highest total posted by any team in the U19 World Cup.
In the ongoing ICC U19 World Cup 2024 tournament, one Indian pacer who has been grabbing the attention of one and all is Raj Limbani. For his bowling performance against South Africa in the semi-final and even his smashing a much-needed six to help his side reach the final, Limbani has proved his mettle.
Even now in the final against Australia, he has picked up three wickets - opener Sam Konstas, keeper Ryan Hicks, and Charlie Anderson. His pace and good control on swing have got fans talking, with many wanting BCCI to take care of this future star and nurture him nicely.
Limbani got his first wicket in the 2.3rd over as he bowled Konstas for a duck. It was a full inswinger that invited the batter to drive, and Konstas went for it. However, the ball went between bat and pad and crashed into the middle stump.
His second wicket came in the form of wicketkeeper-batter Ryan Hicks in the 34.1st over. The good-length ball nipped back sharply, and Hicks was trapped on the crease in defence. It stayed a touch low and struck him on the back pad in front of the middle stump. A good partnership was broken as Ryan Hicks went back for 20.
His third wicket came in the 45.3rd over as he dismissed Charlie Anderson for 13 despite struggling with his hamstring. In this over, he bowled a no-ball, and a wide, and was even hit for six, but he continued to do what he does and got the wicket. It was a full and straight ball, and Anderson played all around it. He tried to flick towards the leg side but got beaten on the inside edge.
In 50 overs, Australia, who opted to bat first, have scored 253 runs and lost 7 wickets. This is the highest total posted by any team in the U19 World Cup. Batters Harry Dixon (42), captain Hugh Weibgen (48), Harjas Singh (55), Oliver Peake (46) and Ryan Hicks (20) were the contributors.
For the Indians, Limbani received support from other bowlers like Naman Tiwari, who has taken 2 wickets, and Saumy Pandey and Musheer Khan, who have one each.