[Watch] Early Setback For India in U-19 WC Final As Arshin Kulkarni Falls Cheaply
Arshin Kulkarni departed cheaply (x.com)
The Indian Under-19 team faced an early setback in their chase of 254 runs in the Under-19 World Cup 2024 final, losing opener Arshin Kulkarni for a mere 3 runs off 6 balls. The unfortunate dismissal came during the early phases of their innings, setting a tense stage for the rest of the match.
Vidler struck to remove Kulkarni in tense U-19 World Cup final chase
The incident unfolded in the third over, delivered by Callum Vidler, marking a crucial moment for the Australian Under-19 side. Vidler, with his precise length delivery aimed at the fourth stump, managed to induce a slight seam movement that proved to be Arshin Kulkarni's undoing.
Attempting a defensive block, Kulkarni leaned in, only to edge the ball to the wicketkeeper, who made no mistake in completing the catch. This early loss left the Indian team at a dismal 18/1 after 6 overs, before the in-form batter Musheer Khan got dusted during the chase of 254 runs.
Earlier in the day, Australia set a challenging target of 253/7 in their 50 overs. The Australian innings saw its share of ups and downs, beginning with the early loss of Sam Konstas. However, a stable partnership between Harry Dixon and captain Hugh Weibgen laid a solid foundation for the team. Their efforts were momentarily derailed by an impressive second spell from Naman Tiwari, who managed to dismiss both set batters within a span of 5 runs.
Following this double blow, Harjas Singh stepped up for Australia, delivering his highest score of the tournament filled with several remarkable strokes. His performance was crucial in steering Australia towards a competitive total. In the latter part of the innings, Oliver Peake played a vital role, showcasing character and skill to ensure Australia crossed the 250-run mark, setting the stage for an exciting final showdown.
As the Indian team now looks to rebuild their innings, all eyes are on the young talents, Uday Saharan and Adarsh Singh, who are at the crease, determined to steer their team towards a historic victory.