SA U19 play India in final today

2013-10-05 00:00

DESPITE their last match in the U19 quadrangular series being rained off against Zimbabwe on Thursday, South Africa will play in the final against hosts India today.

The quadrangular series is taking place at Visakhapatnam, and after just one loss in their first match against India, SA ended second to the hosts. Australia will play Zimbabwe for third and fourth positions.

The South Africa U19s pulled off a sensational victory when they beat India by 10 runs on Tuesday. It was the hosts’ first defeat in the tournament, and came despite a century from their captain Vijay Zol.

South Africa posted 257/6 after they were asked to bat first by India’s Zol. Runs were difficult to come by at the start, but two half-centuries by Clyde Fortuin (ex St Joseph’s), who scored a steady 65, and Yaseen Valli (KES), who hit a swift 64 off 49 balls, ensured the side had a par score to defend on a particularly slow and low wicket. Valli and Greg Oldfield (Michaelhouse) added 84 for the fifth wicket, with the KZN lad scoring 35 in 33 balls.

It was a typical reply from India as they scored quickly, despite the loss of an early wicket. Zol played an exciting innings, scoring 103 off 115 balls, before he was brought to a halt by Kagiso Rabada (ex St Stithians) in the 44th over.

India seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory, but the never-say-die attitude of the South Africans saw a late revival of their bowling effort. Tight bowling and fielding in the last seven overs saw India lose five wickets, moving from 215/5 to 247/9 at the end of the match.

Rabada was the leading wicket taker, with 3/45 in his 10-over spell. Good bowling from the other seamers, Justin Dill (ex Paul Roos) and Andile Phehlukwayo (Glenwood), who bowled the final over to ensure his side’s victory, showed the side’s ability to bounce back from difficult situations. The win will give our lads plenty of confidence to beat India again in the final.

Scores in brief: South Africa 257-6

(C. Fortuin 65, Y. Valli 64, G. Oldfield 35).

India 247-9 (S. Khajuria 36, V. Zol 103,

R. Bhui 32, K. Rabada 3/45).

South Africa won by 10 runs.

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