Australia finish third at U19 World Cup
A full display by Nivethan Radhakrishnan secured Australia a two-wicket win over Afghanistan and third place in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.
India-born Radhakrishnan went 3-31 with the ball as Afghanistan set Australia a goal of 201 in the third-place playoff in Antigua before scoring a half-century as Australia claimed the victory with only five balls to spare.
While the ambidextrous Tasmanian rookie came out on top with a bat and a ball, Australia were also helped by a good display of bowling from William Salzmann who finished 3-43 and cut Afghanistan to 2-15 with early breakthroughs.
Radhakrishnan led Australia’s chase with 66 from 96 while fly-half Campbell Kellaway also posted half a century, making 51 from 82 deliveries.
“What we have done as a group throughout this World Cup has been wonderful,” Radhakrishnan said.
“The boys have been through so much physically and mentally. I think we represented Australia as best we could.
“To get third place and in a thriller like this where everyone was involved, we couldn’t be more proud of ourselves.”
England and India face off in the tournament final at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua on Saturday (0000 AEDT Sunday).