Lincoln (New Zealand): Australia’s domination in the world cricket continue as they won the ICC Under-19 World Cup, defeating Pakistan by 25 runs in the final of the tournament here on Saturday.
Despite posting 209/7 while batting first, Australia bundled out Pakistan for 182 to end their unbeaten streak in the tournament.
Josh Hazlewood and Luke Doran were the chief architects of Australian victory in the final as they picked up four and three wickets respectively.
Pakistan needed a batsman who would anchor the innings, but none of their top order batsmen clicked when it mattered most.
In-form Rameez Aziz (23), Captain Azeem Ghumman (41), opener Babar Azam (28) and Ahmed Shehzad (36)- all got start, but could not play the decisive innings that would have helped them win the trophy for the forth times.
Earlier, some dogged batting display by middle and lower-middle order batsmen helped Australia reached a respectable 207/9 despite struggling at 82/5 at one stage.
It was due to some resilient batting by Tim Armstrong, Kane Richardson and Jason Floros that Australia managed to cross 200-run mark.
Kane Richardson played an attractive run-a-ball 44 and Tim Armstrong scored 37 as they were able to escape towards the end of the innings to post a reasonably good total.
Richardson exhibited his lusty hitting power with two sixes and three fours, including 16 off five balls from Hammad Azam, before he holed out to long-on.
For Pakistan, Sarmad Bhatti picked up 3 for 33.
Australia started poorly as they lost three wickets for just 23 runs after they won the toss and decided to bat first under the sunny sky.