Australia has won its third ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title with a 25-run win over Pakistan ? after its bowling attack expertly neutralized Pakistan?s batting threat.
Set 208 to win at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch, Pakistan was bundled out in the 47th over after Australia's paceman Josh Hazlewood and left-arm spinner Luke Doran ripped through the batting lineup.
Pakistan started comfortably as Babar Azam and Ahmad Shazhad accumulated 54 for the second wicket, but found themselves on the back foot after Doran dismissed first Shazhad, then Babar to have Pakistan at 74 for three.
Hazlewood came back for his second spell and immediately struck a massive blow, with Hammad Azam caught behind without scoring - his first dismissal in the tournament.
The parade of Pakistan batsmen heading to the pavilion continued as wickets fell regularly and the side struggled to put partnerships together. By the time Muhammad Waqas and captain Azeem Ghumman departed, Pakistan was 157 for seven in the 43rd over, and the momentum had shifted to Australia - who cleaned up the tail and took the title in the 47th over.
Luke Doran's outstanding spell of left arm orthodox spin brought him three for 32, while Josh Hazlewood won the Man of the Match award with outstanding figures of four for 30 off his 8.4 overs.
Australia's win was well-earned, after they had posted only a modest total on a batting-friendly track.
Pakistan won the toss, sent Australia in, and dismissed both opening batsmen early - Nic Maddinson trapped in front to Fayyaz Butt on the fifth ball of the day, and Tom Beaton magnificently caught at second slip by Babar Azam off Sarmad Bhatti the next over.
Australia's middle order fought back as Alex Keath and Jason Floros put on 56 for the fourth wicket, and Tim Armstrong and Tom Triffit added 46 for the sixth. The best stand came for the seventh wicket as 18-year old South Australian Kane Richardson hit a quick 44, combining with Armstrong in a 61-run partnership to rescue the innings.
Doran and Alister McDermott added a few fighting runs at the tail end to take Australia to a total of 207 for nine.
After the match Dominic Hendricks of South Africa was named the Player of the Tournament after finishing as the tournament's highest run-scorer, amassing 391 runs in six innings at an outstanding average of 97.75.
Pakistan v Australia at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln (Super League Final)
Australia 207-9 in 50 overs (Kane Richardson 44, Tim Armstrong 37, Jason Floros 35; Sarmad Bhatti 3-33, Fayyaz Butt 2-37)
Pakistan 182 all out in 46.4 overs (Azeem Ghumman 41, Ahmad Shahzad 36; Josh Hazlewood 4-30, Luke Doran 3-32)
Australia won by 25 runs
Man of the Match: Josh Hazlewood