SA U19 go down fighting to India in second match

2013-09-27 00:00

FACING India in the second match of the U19 quadrangular series at Visakhapatnam was not going to be easy for South Africa. With the temperature at 29° Celsius at the start of the game, they took time to settle to the warm conditions.

They suffered their first defeat after electing to bat, going down by four wickets.

South Africa’s batting did improve from their first game, but a century from India’s Sarfaraz Khan and an unbeaten 94 from Ricky Bhui ensured a four-wicket victory with nine overs to spare, for a side that was just too good on the day.

SA lost two early wickets, but a 124-run third wicket partnership between Clyde Fortuin (ex St Joseph’s) and debutante Lloyd Brown (Grey HS) brought much needed calm to the innings.

Fortuin was out for 90 and then Bradley Dial (ex St John’s) and Brown added a further 46 runs. Brown was out for 69 and Dial for 35, before Greg Oldfield (Michaelhouse) finished the innings with 30 off 21 balls to bring SA to a respectable 270-8.

India got off to a flying start, racing to 47 in four overs at a run rate of more than 11 an over.

Three wickets then fell quite quickly and it was a sixth wicket partnership between Bhui and Khan that saw the game move away from the visitors.

They added 159 at more than six runs an over to propel India to victory.

Scores in brief

South Africa 270-8 (C Fortuin 90, L Brown 69, B Dial 35, G Oldfield 30; C Milind 3/52)

India 275-6 (R Bhui 94*, S Khan 101)

India won by 4 wkts

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