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Sahara Park Willowmoore Cricket Stadium, Benoni: Pitch report, records and highest scores in ODIs ahead of U19 World Cup final between India and Australia | Sporting News India

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The stage is set for an action-packed day of cricket on Sunday, February 11, as India and Australia are set to lock horns in the final of the ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup at the Willowmoore Park in Benoni. 

India defeated hosts South Africa in a nail-biting semi-final, beating them by 2 wickets. Meanwhile, Australia and Pakistan competed in the other semi-final, which was another heart-in-your-mouth type of game. Australia won the game by 1 wicket in the final over. 

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These two sides last met in an U19 World Cup final in 2018, which was won by India. Before that, they squared off in the 2012 final, which was once again won by India. 

India head into the game as the defending champions after winning the previous edition to extend their record to five titles. On the other hand, Australia haven’t tasted success since the 2010 edition, which they won under the leadership of Mitchell Marsh. 

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How many ODIs (U19 ODIs included) has the Willowmoore Park hosted?

The Willowmoore Park in Benoni has hosted a total of 36 ODIs till date – 14 U19 ODIs and 22 ODIs played by the senior men’s teams. 

What is the capacity of the Willowmoore Park?

The Willowmoore Park has a capacity of 20,000.

Willowmoore Park, Benoni: Pitch Report

The pitch favours both batsmen and bowlers, but historically, it has been difficult for the batsmen to score runs freely or at will. 

The pacers will get quite some assistance from the pitch as they can extract a good amount of swing and bounce.

According to the statistics, the venue favours teams that bat second as 23 wins at this venue from 36 ODIs (U19 + senior) have come in run chases. 

On Sunday, in the final, the captain that wins the toss will look to bowl first. Both captains will be aware of what happened in the two semi-finals, with both games taking place at the same venue as the final. 

Both India and Australia won the game while batting second. 

Willowmoore Park: Average scores and toss results in ODIs

Average 1st innings score in Benoni 226
Matches won after batting first 11
Matches won by chasing team 23

What happened in the previous ODI at the Willowmoore Park?

The previous ODI at the Willowmoore Park was the 2nd semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup between Australia and Pakistan.

Batting first, Pakistan were bowled out for just 179. During the run chase, Australia needed 16 runs with just one wicket left. But Raf MacMillan and Callum Vidler stayed unbeaten to guide the Aussies through to the final in the last over of the game.

What is the highest score by a team at Willowmoore Park in ODIs?

South Africa registered the highest score at this venue when they scored 399-6 against Zimbabwe in 2010. JP Duminy and AB de Villiers scored centuries.

What is the highest individual score at Willowmoore Park in ODIs?

Former South African opener Hashim Amla holds the record for the highest individual score by a batsman in ODIs in Benoni. Amla scored 140 runs off 135 balls against Bangladesh in 2008.

What are the best bowling figures at Willowmoore Park in ODIs?

Australian U19 pacer Tom Straker registered figures of 6-24 against Pakistan in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s U19 Cricket World Cup, which are the best bowling figures by any bowler in ODIs at this venue. 

India vs Australia, U19 World Cup Final: Betting odds

According to odds on Dafabet, India are the favourites to clinch a record-sixth U19 World Cup on Sunday.

Team Betting odds
India 1.53
Australia 2.58

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