Australia v India, ICC U-19 World Cup, final, Townsville August 25, 2012

Australia, India clash in fitting final

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Match facts

Australia v India, Under-19 World Cup final
August 26, Tony Ireland Stadium, Townsville
Start time 0930 (2330 GMT, previous day)

Big Picture

On April 15 this year, Under-19 teams from Australia and India played a final at the pastoral Endeavour Park in Townsville. They were competing for the Quad series trophy and the world at large didn't care too much. For the record, India won. The two teams clash again in a final on Sunday, at Tony Ireland Stadium, and this time more people will care. The World Cup is at stake.

Defending champions Australia, seeded No. 1 before the tournament began in Queensland on August 11, and India, seeded sixth, were drawn in different halves of the competition. They would not face each other unless they made it to August 26. That both teams did so gives the World Cup a fitting final: Australia, winners in 2010 and unbeaten in 2012, against India, the team with the most silverware in their trophy cupboard over the previous 12 months.

The final is now a promoter's dream, and one cannot help but wonder if this was the hope at the start. It seemed odd that Australia would have faced their group opponents England, and India would have played West Indies, in the semifinals had those teams made it that far.

Expect a sizeable crowd on Sunday, more Australians of course, but the Indians make up for smaller numbers with higher decibel levels. There will be millions watching on television too, in Australia and in the wee hours of cricket's largest market, the subcontinent. Very few of the players taking the field will have done so under such attention; most never will again.

There will be a raging party at only one of the Oaks Hotels on Palmer Street on Sunday night.

Road to the final

Australia beat England by six wickets, Nepal by 212 runs, Ireland by six wickets, Bangladesh by five wickets in the quarter-final, and South Africa by four wickets in the semi-final.

India lost to West Indies by four wickets, beat Zimbabwe by 63 runs, beat Papua New Guinea by 107 runs, beat Pakistan by one wicket in the quarter-final, beat New Zealand by nine runs in the semi-final.

Key battles

The new-ball threat: India's batting line-up is more top heavy than Australia's, and how Unmukt Chand, Prashant Chopra and Baba Aparajith fare against Joel Paris, Mark Steketee and Gurinder Sandhu could decide how competitive the final is. They'll need Vijay Zol to pull his weight in the middle order too. "They [India] haven't play their best cricket, I don't think, especially with the bat, but we'll be ready for a better side," Sandhu said. "If you put a bit of pressure on any team that's what happens, they lose wickets at the wrong time. If we stick to our plans, we can do that as well." Australia have key performers at the top and in the middle, and appear a better-balanced batting side.

Australia's batsmen v spin: The left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh and offspinner Baba Aparajith have backed up India's capable pace attack superbly. Harmeet has been bowling slower, with flight, drift and turn, and taken six wickets in three matches with an economy of 2.83. Aparajith focuses on being economical, bowling a little quicker, and he has four wickets and conceded 3.71 per over. Also, the left-right combination will give Chand options against Australia's right and left-hand batsmen. In their semi-final, Australia's scored only 14 runs off South Africa offspinner Prenelan Subrayen's ten overs.

The toss: William Bosisto has won two out of three tosses at Tony Ireland Stadium and the only time Australia's batsmen have had to face the new ball in the morning at this venue has been against Nepal. India, on the other hand, have been sent in three times and have plenty of experience of setting a target. "No matter how many times you've played there, there's always something in it for the bowlers," India coach Bharat Arun said. However, if the conditions tomorrow are like they were in the semi-final against New Zealand, sunny with a flatter pitch, India could fancy a bat and let their bowlers do what they've done best all tournament - defend a target. If they aren't, however, then bowling first is a no-brainer and a significant advantage.

Team news

Unless there are fitness issues, neither team is likely to make a change to their line-up. Australia gave all 15 of their squad members a game during the group stage but then settled on a XI that they used to win the quarter-final and semi-final.

Australia (probable): 1 Cameron Bancroft, 2 Jimmy Peirson (wk), 3 Kurtis Patterson, 4 Meyrick Buchanan, 5 William Bosisto (capt), 6 Travis Head, 7 Ashton Turner, 8 Mark Steketee, 9 Joel Paris, 10 Gurinder Sandhu, 11 Alex Gregory.

In the first group game against West Indies, India played three spinners and two seamers. Since then, they've played two spinners and three quicks, with medium-pacer Rush Kalaria and spinner Vikas Mishra being benched and Kamal Passi and Ravikant Singh getting a go. After Harmeet recovered from his illness, in time for the knockouts, India played an unchanged team.

India (probable): 1 Unmukt Chand (capt), 2 Prashant Chopra, 3 Baba Aparajith, 4 Hanuma Vihari, 5 Vijay Zol, 6 Akshdeep Nath, 7 Smit Patel (wk), 8 Harmeet Singh, 9 Kamal Passi, 10 Ravikant Singh, 11 Sandeep Sharma.

Pitch and conditions

The weather in Townsville is expected to be cloudy in the early morning but clear once it's time for the toss. Conditions for batting will still be hardest during the first hour of the game.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia have two batsmen - Jimmy Peirson and Meyrick Buchanan - who have scored only 89 runs between them in nine innings. India also have two - Hanuma Vihari and Akshdeep Nath - who've scored only 113 in ten.
  • India's batsmen have scored seven half-centuries in five matches, but their highest individual score is Chand's 78 against Zimbabwe.
  • Bosisto's been dismissed only once in five innings in this tournament - he was run out against South Africa - and has an average of 189.
  • Ravikant, who's playing his first Under-19 tournament for India, is their highest wicket-taker: 11 in four games. Despite Australia's strength being pace, offspinner Ashton Turner has been their most successful bowler, with ten wickets in five games.
  • Australia have conceded 66 wides and two no-balls in their progress to the final. India have conceded 36 wides and six no-balls.

Quotes

"It certainly helps having played a side before. So there's not so much of the unexpected. Having said that, I think each time you play an opponent, they are going to be slightly different. They are not going to do the same thing over again. Come Sunday, we know to expect a tough opponent. We know we're up for a contest."
Australia captain William Bosisto on having played India several times before Sunday's final

"Trying to approach it [the final] as a normal game, it's not that easy. All of us are excited and I hope by tomorrow everything sinks in. Right now, let the boys enjoy and let them have fun. But tomorrow, once we go to the practice nets, we'll again start talking about game plans - how we need to play the finals, what we need to do."
India captain Unmukt Chand the day after India won the semi-final

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • AnoMaLy on August 26, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Boom! Like a boss! Where are all the haters now? Thats right in your own backyard haha. @RandyOZ - What did we learn today son? @i_amVIVA - lol what a senseless argument surely case of sour grapes here

  • rahulkmc on August 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Aus did blow India away today. I quite enjoyed it. Hope u did too :) On diff note, Bosisto has a cool head on his shoulder and is a player for the future.

  • Haleos on August 26, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @David et all - enjoy your humble pie friends. We may have weak bowling attack but our batting talks a lot of times and when it does, fans like you are not eft hungry and they can use our offer of all u can eat humble pie. LOL.

  • yug20 on August 26, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    indiaaaaaaaaaa u19 r once again world champs.............. congrats..... unmukt chand, harmeet singh, sandeep sharma.... the next big thing

  • the_blue_android on August 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @ RandyOz - Fear not son, your boys beaten in your own backyard. Is this what Oz have to offer? Did you see how Unmukt toyed with your bowling? If this wasn't a final, Unmukt would have closed the match in 35 overs max.

  • Harmony111 on August 26, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @david44: Don't worry about the piece of cake for Oz David. India will definitely leave some crumbs of the cake for you after they go back with the U-19 WC Trophy. Btw, on these very fast and bouncy wickets, we have beaten you and how? Your Oz team was 38/4 on their home wickets and out captain tonked your fast bowlers all over the park for 5 sixes. Is your face right now red with shame or green with jealousy? I would love to see your face actually Ha Ha.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 26, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Posted by i_amVIVA on (August 25 2012, 22:01 PM GMT), what's got to do with seniors here when juniors played good and reached final? Juniors won two tournaments and have the best record u19 among other teams in last 12 months.now go figure ,instead of usual yawn stuff

  • maddy20 on August 26, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA Every tough team has to go through a lean patch. England was whitewashed by Aus 5-0 in 2007 before they became no.1. Aus was swept aside 2-0 twice by India in India. Remember that we are worldchamps and its only a matter of time before we are on top again. As fo luck getting you to final. Yeah they bowled out pak for 131 by virtue. I would say India would beat Pak any day hands down unless the game being played is stirring up controversies!

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 26, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    @i_amVIVA -- And what about your Sri Lanka. Getting beaten 3-0 in Bangladesh and finishing among bottom of all Asian teams, let along Eng and Aus?? SL run rate was -1.5 or something in Asia Cup, LMAO.

  • SapnerJadukar on August 25, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Good luck to India...got a feelings that Australia will drink it like easy going smoothy!!!

  • AnoMaLy on August 26, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Boom! Like a boss! Where are all the haters now? Thats right in your own backyard haha. @RandyOZ - What did we learn today son? @i_amVIVA - lol what a senseless argument surely case of sour grapes here

  • rahulkmc on August 26, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Aus did blow India away today. I quite enjoyed it. Hope u did too :) On diff note, Bosisto has a cool head on his shoulder and is a player for the future.

  • Haleos on August 26, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    @David et all - enjoy your humble pie friends. We may have weak bowling attack but our batting talks a lot of times and when it does, fans like you are not eft hungry and they can use our offer of all u can eat humble pie. LOL.

  • yug20 on August 26, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    indiaaaaaaaaaa u19 r once again world champs.............. congrats..... unmukt chand, harmeet singh, sandeep sharma.... the next big thing

  • the_blue_android on August 26, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @ RandyOz - Fear not son, your boys beaten in your own backyard. Is this what Oz have to offer? Did you see how Unmukt toyed with your bowling? If this wasn't a final, Unmukt would have closed the match in 35 overs max.

  • Harmony111 on August 26, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @david44: Don't worry about the piece of cake for Oz David. India will definitely leave some crumbs of the cake for you after they go back with the U-19 WC Trophy. Btw, on these very fast and bouncy wickets, we have beaten you and how? Your Oz team was 38/4 on their home wickets and out captain tonked your fast bowlers all over the park for 5 sixes. Is your face right now red with shame or green with jealousy? I would love to see your face actually Ha Ha.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 26, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    Posted by i_amVIVA on (August 25 2012, 22:01 PM GMT), what's got to do with seniors here when juniors played good and reached final? Juniors won two tournaments and have the best record u19 among other teams in last 12 months.now go figure ,instead of usual yawn stuff

  • maddy20 on August 26, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA Every tough team has to go through a lean patch. England was whitewashed by Aus 5-0 in 2007 before they became no.1. Aus was swept aside 2-0 twice by India in India. Remember that we are worldchamps and its only a matter of time before we are on top again. As fo luck getting you to final. Yeah they bowled out pak for 131 by virtue. I would say India would beat Pak any day hands down unless the game being played is stirring up controversies!

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 26, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    @i_amVIVA -- And what about your Sri Lanka. Getting beaten 3-0 in Bangladesh and finishing among bottom of all Asian teams, let along Eng and Aus?? SL run rate was -1.5 or something in Asia Cup, LMAO.

  • SapnerJadukar on August 25, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    Good luck to India...got a feelings that Australia will drink it like easy going smoothy!!!

  • Naresh28 on August 25, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    May the best team on the day win!!!

  • i_amVIVA on August 25, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @ Imsrk: yes your senior team proved just that last time in aus and eng that you are the best team in asia to aborad, but getting whitewash, not winning. ind does not deserve heres at the final, but they got lucky at the best... go figure

  • on August 25, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    I guess Aussies should start favourites and if they dont win.. I guess the future looks bleak for fast track bullies.. On the other hand if India lose, I guess still its a good result as they are playing the team at their home..

    Had the Aussies U 19 played this WC in Asia, they wudnt have even crossed the Quater final.. So much for the fast track bullies !

  • ssenthil on August 25, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    It's time for India. Lets win it Boys :-)

  • warneneverchuck on August 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Funny that people r talking abt Pak or WI. But the fact is that it's India again showed that they r beat team among other Asian counterparts when it comes playing abroad

  • on August 25, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    all the best Australia,you are the real champions,go and get cup

  • cool2cool on August 25, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    @RandyOZ: Are you saying that Aussies will blow away the chance to win the match and the cup???

  • cool2cool on August 25, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    @david44: Very true, Pakistan or West Indies would have been exiting opponent to India.

  • on August 25, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    it is unbelievable to see India in finals .But I think this has got to do mainly due to pride at stake.Every one wrote them and you know what it feels being written off and didnt give them a chance.You work hard with a lot of gusto to prove everyone wrong

  • krish75vijay on August 25, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    This is final of worldcup tournament. We will perform well against any side. why talk about teams with whom we have not played. All young boys in blue play for the nation and put more than 100% efforts.

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on August 25, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Also would like the quaterfinals clashes be decided upon the run rates of the top teams from the 4 groups ie. for eg. group a....top team 'A' ...RR:-+ 1.567 group b....top team 'B'...RR:-+0.879 group c....top team 'C'...RR:-+2.569 group d....top team 'D'...RR:-+0.978 here Teams 'A' and 'C' both have good run rates....its more killing to arrange clashes with teams from these 2 groups and give less chances to reach the top for fairer competitors... so arrange them in such a way that best RR top team group ie. Group c teams get matches with worst RR top team group i.e Group b here...and group a v group d...to create a fairer Contest..... Just a thought! thank you!...

  • maddy20 on August 25, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @david44 How could a side that could not beat India, make a more exciting opposition than India?

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on August 25, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Come on Come on Lets everybody say - I - N - D - I - A - :) !!

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on August 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Indians have been really lucky this series getting to play against new zealand and pakistan in the knockouts and not south africa or england....both england and south Africa along with australians looked favorites to win the world cup.. SA defeating NZ so easily in the 3rd place playoff shows what i want to convey...and e1 england won the 5th place playoff... I am an Indian and anyways happy that we've made it to the finals!...Both india's and australia's bowling look equally good...however aussie's batting look better whereas india's batting boys have not given a strong collective performance in this series.. If unmukt..vijay...chopra..aparajith..nd e1 the 2 flop shows till now, click at once...India's going to win this WC..ain't no doubt of that! All Hail India!

  • Nampally on August 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Yes, I will be one amongst those Millions watching the game on my PC. It promises to be a great Match, with the World title on the line. Aussies will have the home team advantage with the crowd - the 12th man- on their side. India expects their top 3 players + Zol, Patel & Nath to rise to the occasion. Vijay Zol is a very talented batsman, yet to show his batting. Chopra in between his nervous spells produces some exquisite shots. U.Chand is a fine stroke player who needs to temper his Sehwag-like batting with some caution. Aparajith is another good batsmen who rotates the strike most effectively. These 4 batsmen must come thru' for India to put up a sizable total. In bowling, Ravikant singh is a good seamer provided he controls his spells of wildness.Sandeep is accurate as is Passi. Harmeet & Aparajith must exploit the Aussie batting weakness against spin. Indian fielding has been good so far & they must continue the same. Play hard determined game, Victory will be yours - Jai Ho!

  • on August 25, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Good luck boys. May the boys in blue prevail. The up side of close wins for India is that the team knows how to handle pressure better.

  • on August 25, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    best of luck INDIA, just attack with spirit like a tiger, be positive n attacking, chand have to lead from the front, have to score quickfire century...

  • on August 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    777aditya These teams if they were stronger they would have made it. It is not Indias fault they did not......

  • david44 on August 25, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    piece of cake for the aussies, should win comfortably india's batting on bouncy wickets is pritty cheap plus their performans in this tournament is below par pakistan or west indies would have been exiting opponent

  • Temuzin on August 25, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Yeah aditya but they are not in the finals and therefore not worthy of it. Infact your so called strong teams are languishing in the bottom pile.

  • shaantanu on August 25, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    heart says India but mind says Australia......It cud still be anybodys game.Just look forward to a keenly contested final rather than a one sided one.till now 15 comments.14 from Indians and onlly 1 from an aussie.Australians doesnt seem to be too interested.

  • wiseshah on August 25, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    india didnt play with south africa, or england or bangladesh in this series, they played with only strong team, that is west indies and they lost

  • PSarathy on August 25, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Why is the under-19 world cup played by players who are aged between 19 and 20 ???

  • on August 25, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Oz is no competition for India! Another World Cup trophy is on its way to BCCI headquarters. :)

  • on August 25, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    All the best for our young colts..............

  • praveen4honestremark on August 25, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Team India, All the best. We all Indians will be cheering for you and praying for you. Play game in relax way but with responsibility

  • Fijicricket on August 25, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    A cake walk for INDIA. Just a few monthe back India easily beat these fast track bullies. SINCE THE SAME PLAYERS ARE IN THE BOTH TEAMS- it wall abe a lopsided contest. OZ knows they were easily beaten and their seniors just received a 5-0 whitewash!

  • on August 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    We should not miss the occasion. Jai Ho!

  • on August 25, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    chakde india you can do it boys as the seniors did enjoy

  • VikksB on August 25, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    Its India vs Aus again. Ofcourse these are colts of both countries respectively. Going thru all WC matches, Aus have fairly done well than what India has, but Inida has their share of Luck as well, which, apart from playing good cricket, is very Imp. Lets c who clicks on the "D" day. May the Best Team wins. My bet is on India. Yo Yo INDE. :)

  • DINESHCC on August 25, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    777Aditya: Because of that stronger and worthy performance only they got 8th & 6th place respectively. Please revisit the Bangladesh & Pakistan teams match concluded yesterday and then comment.

  • sumit176 on August 25, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @771aditya,,,it seems you always want to be in good books of other team's fans,,,u alaways comment to score some brownie points...

  • on August 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    "Young Guns", just enjoy the occasion and back your talent . Good luck.

    JAI HIND

  • on August 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Indian Spin will be the deciding factor of the game... Australia looks very vulnerable there.

  • dheerajshetty on August 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Australia look favorites to win because of home conditions, India's batting order has failed time and time again and the bowlers keep bailing them out, even Australia's batting order doesn't look that strong apart from Patterson and Bankroft, Unmukt has to bat well, India's chances rely heavily on him.

  • 777aditya on August 25, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Very happy that India is in the finals and the prospect of beating Aus in Aus in a WC final is especially indeed worth savoring. To be frank, though, Pakistan and West Indies were much stronger and worthy of a final berth.

  • DINESHCC on August 25, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Now RandyOZ is playing defensively from a "CAKEWALK" to hoping for great match between the two sides. After the match what will be his strategy?

  • on August 25, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    i think india will win it easily..

  • RandyOZ on August 25, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Hoping for a great match between the two sides, I fear the Aussies will blow them away though.

  • ABjuventus on August 25, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    INDIA has enough arsenal to beat this australian line up , what i think will go slighlty in favour of australians is the Home conditions and India's batsmen batting forms . otherwise if 2 of india's top order clicks or may be unkumt starts wid a bang india will pocket the match with ease . expect a high scoring final unless the previous matches . India - 289 / 6 australia - 256/8

  • on August 25, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    "CLASH OF THE TITANS" interesting match ahead. lets wait and see who emerges the winner.extremely hard to pick one right now.

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  • on August 25, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    "CLASH OF THE TITANS" interesting match ahead. lets wait and see who emerges the winner.extremely hard to pick one right now.

  • ABjuventus on August 25, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    INDIA has enough arsenal to beat this australian line up , what i think will go slighlty in favour of australians is the Home conditions and India's batsmen batting forms . otherwise if 2 of india's top order clicks or may be unkumt starts wid a bang india will pocket the match with ease . expect a high scoring final unless the previous matches . India - 289 / 6 australia - 256/8

  • RandyOZ on August 25, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Hoping for a great match between the two sides, I fear the Aussies will blow them away though.

  • on August 25, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    i think india will win it easily..

  • DINESHCC on August 25, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Now RandyOZ is playing defensively from a "CAKEWALK" to hoping for great match between the two sides. After the match what will be his strategy?

  • 777aditya on August 25, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Very happy that India is in the finals and the prospect of beating Aus in Aus in a WC final is especially indeed worth savoring. To be frank, though, Pakistan and West Indies were much stronger and worthy of a final berth.

  • dheerajshetty on August 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Australia look favorites to win because of home conditions, India's batting order has failed time and time again and the bowlers keep bailing them out, even Australia's batting order doesn't look that strong apart from Patterson and Bankroft, Unmukt has to bat well, India's chances rely heavily on him.

  • on August 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Indian Spin will be the deciding factor of the game... Australia looks very vulnerable there.

  • on August 25, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    "Young Guns", just enjoy the occasion and back your talent . Good luck.

    JAI HIND

  • sumit176 on August 25, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @771aditya,,,it seems you always want to be in good books of other team's fans,,,u alaways comment to score some brownie points...