SA lose the battle, but win the war

2012-01-25 00:00

SOUTH Africa lost the last round-robin­ U19 match against Pakistan but still advanced to the final where they reversed the result to take the triangular title.

Zimbabwe, the third team in the triangular­ tournament, had failed to win a game and this allowed South Africa­ to advance to the final.

The local lads were outmatched and lost by seven wickets to Pakistan in the final pool game after scoring an under par 157 (Shayleen Pillay 36).

The game was over in the 40th over with Sami Aslam scoring an undefeated 84.

In the final, South African captain Quinton de Kock led from the front.

After a series of low scores he led the run-scoring after being asked to bat by Pakistan.

He smashed 146 from 148 balls and helped in a number of partnerships, the best being 113 with Diego Rosier, to take his side to a commendable 275 for nine.

The bowlers then stepped up to the plate with Prenelan Subrayen, the most successful, capturing three wickets for 38, including the wicket of the dangerous Aslam.

Pakistan were bowled out for 141 giving South Africa the trophy.

De Kock was awarded man of the match for his batting and the five catches he took behind the stumps.

Man of the series went to Aslam for his solid contributions with the bat.

South Africa cannot rest on their laurels as they now face Pakistan in a three-match ODI series.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Last pool game

South Africa 157 (S Pillay 36, T de Bruyn 29, M Coetzee 31*, U Qadir 3/31) Pakistan 158-3 (S Aslam 84*, U Waheed 30*) Pakistan won by seven wickets.

 

Final

South Africa 275-9 (Q de Kock 146, D Rosier 41, M Nawaz 4/59). Pakistan 141 (S Aslam 35, P Subrayen 3/38) South Africa won by 134 runs

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