SA U19s struggle in Bangladesh

2015-04-11 00:00

THE South Africa U19s suffered their second consecutive loss to Bangladesh when the sides clashed at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

The visitors’ struggle with the hosts’ spin attack saw them lose by a comprehensive 140 runs.

The young Proteas faced 40 overs of spin in their reply to Bangladesh’s 259/4, with Kyle Verreynne top-scoring with 47 from 91 balls. The rest struggled to put together scores with the best being Dayyaan Galiem and Sibs Makhanya’s respective 26 and 19.

Three ducks from Tony de Zorzi, Dean Foxcroft and Sean Whitehead also put the visitors on the back foot, while Ryan Rickleton, Rivaldo Moonsamy and Lungi Ngidi could only manage six, two and one respectively.

Bangladesh’s bowlers were in fine form, led by Nihaduzzaman who took 3/21 in 8.2 overs. He was well supported by Nazmul Shanto, Saleh Ahmed and Mosabbek Hossain, who took two wickets each.

SA did not have the same joy when they fielded after the hosts elected to bat first. Their first breakthrough came at the start of the ninth over when Sean Whitehead dispatched Saif Hassan for four. Half-centuries by Zakir Hasan (81*) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (73), along with good contributions by Mohammad Saiduddin (41*) and Pinak Ghosh (33), saw their side post the hefty score.

They will meet for the third match of their seven-match series on Monday.

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