Could we have a India vs Pakistan U19 World Cup 2024 Final?
India U19 World Cup Team: A League Apart
There is no question about the fact that India's cricketing structure is one of the best in the world. It's U19 team has now reached the World Cup Final in the previous five occasions. It managed to win a thrilling semi-final match against South Africa where it recovered from a top order collapse against one of the best fast bowling sides of the tournament.
No team has won more matches with bigger margins in this tournament. In fact, India's dominance has been such that a lot of people are already counting the title as good as won.
Pakistani fans (and Australian fans) might have a bit to say about that, though.
Can Pakistan U19 Team make it to the World Cup Final?
Pakistan U19 cricket team have been impressive in the U19 World Cup 2024, winning all their five matches so far. They topped their group with three wins over Scotland, Afghanistan, and USA, and then defeated New Zealand and Bangladesh in the Super Six stage to qualify for the semi-final.
Their batting has been led by Shahzaib Khan, who has scored 260 runs in five matches, while their bowling has been spearheaded by Mohammad Wasim Jr, who has taken 11 wickets in four matches. They have shown great resilience and teamwork in their matches, especially in the thrilling five-run win over Bangladesh, where they defended a low total of 156.
Australia U19 cricket team has also been dominant in the U19 World Cup 2024, winning all three group matches and two Super Six matches. They beat Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and England in their group, and then overcame West Indies and South Africa in the Super Six stage to book their place in the semi-final. Their batting has been powered by Cooper Connolly, who has scored 237 runs in five matches, while their bowling has been led by Tanveer Sangha, who has taken 15 wickets in five matches. They have been clinical and ruthless in their matches, winning by big margins and chasing down targets with ease.
On paper, Australia might have a slight edge over Pakistan, as they have been more dominant and have a better net run rate. Pakistan, however, has mercurial players that can rise to the occasion. There are exciting fast bowlers on both sides but Pakistans's spinners are definitely better. That might be the clincher.
India vs Pakistan U19 World Cup Final: Who Will Win?
India U19 cricket team has also been unbeaten in the U19 World Cup 2024, winning all their four group matches and one Super Six match. They beat Canada, UAE, Nepal, and Ireland in their group, and then defeated South Africa in a thrilling semi-final by two wickets. Their batting has been anchored by Sachin Dhas, who has scored 301 runs in six matches, while their bowling has been led by Raj Limbani, who has taken 14 wickets in six matches. They have shown great character and determination in their matches, especially in the nail-biting win over South Africa.
India might have a slight advantage over Pakistan, as they have a better head-to-head record against them in the U19 World Cup history, winning five out of seven matches. Pakistan will have to play their best cricket and overcome the pressure of a final to beat India. It will be an exciting and intense contest between two of the most talented and passionate teams in the world of cricket.
This is one contest that the world will tune in to see.