SA Quadrangular U19 Series, 2020: Match 1, South Africa Under-19s vs India Under-19s: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
Jonathan Bird averages 75.33 in Youth ODIs having scored 678 runs across 11 games.
Updated - Jan 3, 2020 1:04 pm
The 1st match of the SA Quadrangular U19 Series, 2020 will be played between South Africa Under-19s and India Under-19s at the Kingsmead in Durban.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT)
This game can be viewed on the Official Cricket South Africa channel on YouTube.
India Under-19s lost to South Africa Under-19s in the last game of the 3-match Youth ODI series after winning the first two. India missed key bowlers while defending a sub-200 total on Monday. The two sides will once again face off in the opening match of the Quadrangular series starting on Friday. New Zealand and Zimbabwe will be the other two teams participating in this 7-day long series. The finals will be played exactly one week before the start of the ICC U19s World Cup. Durban’s Kingsmead and Chatsworth Stadium will be hosting this 4-team team tournament.
The first game of this Quadrangular series could face thunderstorms with rain in the evening. However, at least 75 overs of play is expected to be completed by that time.
Durban’s Kingsmead rarely witnessed big totals in the ODI cricket and similar has been reflecting in Youth ODIs. The venue hosted three games during Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in 2015 where the visitors showed domination. At best, we could see totals up to 275 considering the way both the teams batted in the bilateral series.
Average first innings score: 225 (Unaffected Youth ODIs since 2015)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 1
Injury and Availability:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Probable playing XI:
South Africa Under-19s:
Andrew Louw, Jonathan Bird, Luke Beaufort, Levert Manje, Pheko Moletsane, Bryce Parsons (c), Jack Lees, Khanya Cotani (wk), Merrick Brett, Mondli Khumalo, Achille Cloete.
Bench – Odirile Modimokoane, Gerald Coetzee, Tiaan van Vuuren, Tyrese Karelse.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Divyaansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Priyam Garg (c), Dhruv Chand Jurel (wk), Shashwat Rawat, Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Sushant Mishra, CTL Rakshan, Kartik Tyagi.
Bench – Kumar Kushagra, Divyansh Joshi, Shubhang Hegde, Vidyadhar Patil.
Atharva Ankolekar’s services were missed in the 3rd game as India couldn’t find breakthroughs. The left-arm spinner has 19 wickets in Youth ODI cricket from only 7 matches. He picked up a wicket every 19.4 balls and hence at least a couple of wickets can be expected from him. Yashasvi Jaiswal will be the most important player in this match given the impact he makes with both bat and ball. He is quite consistent at the top and also chips in 5-6 overs every game. South Africa’s losing streak came to an end thanks to a brilliant knock from Jonathan Bird who has brilliant numbers at this level. He now averages 75.33 in Youth ODIs having scored 678 runs from 11 games with three tons and three fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Jonathan Bird
Vice-Captain – Shubhang Hegde, Bryce Parsons, Luke Beaufort
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – Luke Beaufort
Batters – Jonathan Bird (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal (vc), Priyam Garg, Andrew Louw
All-rounders – Tilak Varma, Bryce Parsons
Bowlers – Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, Atharva Ankolekar, Mondli Khumalo
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for fantasy cricket:
Keeper – Luke Beaufort
Batters – Yashasvi Jaiswal (c), Jonathan Bird, Priyam Garg, Divyaansh Saxena
All-rounders – Tilak Varma, Bryce Parsons (vc)
Bowlers – CLT Rakshan, Atharva Ankolekar, Kartik Tyagi, Merrick Brett
India U19s could be seen fielding in a full-strength team which they didn’t during the 3-match series. At least 1-2 key players were missed every match in that series. South Africa U19s can be considered as the 2nd best side after India in this tournament. Hence, India would be looking to put themselves on a safe side by winning this match.
India Under-19s are expected to start the tournament with a comfortable win.