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U19 World Cup 2018: Day 5- Round up

Day 5 featured four matches

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SA U19 vs WI U19. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Day 5 of the U19 World Cup 2018 was loaded with action as a total of eight teams played in four respective fixtures. It was a warm day for all South African fans. In the first fixture of the day, the Proteas U19 team defeated defending champions West Indies to destroy any qualification hopes of the Islanders for the knockout stages. Windies lost two matches in a row and are out of reckoning to progress into the knockouts.

A few hours later, the senior team kept their unbeaten home record intact against India by winning the second Test at Centurion. Coming back to the colts, it was a pure classy performance from the side as the 2014 champions scripted a confident victory.

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Hermann Rolfes took four wickets while Gerald Coetzee and Jade de Klerk scalped two each as South Africa U-19 cricket team beat West Indies by 76 runs in their group match at Bay Oval. West Indies were all out for 206 in 45.3 overs with Alick Athanaze (76) top-scoring. Earlier, Wandile Makwetu scored 99 not out as South Africa, after being put into bat, scored 282/8.

In the final fixture of the day, subcontinent neighbours Sri Lanka and Afghanistan locked horns. The outcome, however, was a surprising one as minnows Afghanistan recorded a scintillating victory to qualify as table toppers for the quarterfinals of the U19 World Cup. Reigning Under-19 Asia Cup champions Afghanistan reprised their regional success on a global stage at the World Cup in New Zealand, defeating Sri Lanka by 32 runs on DLS Method in Whangarei.

With the win, they clinched a place in the knockout stage for the second time in their history, having done it in 2014 in the UAE before losing to eventual champions South Africa. The success for Afghanistan is also an ironical turn from the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh when they were similarly placed in a group with Pakistan and Sri Lanka but was defeated by both sides.

The victory was set up by a trio of half-centuries from Ibrahim Zadran (86 off 112 balls), Ikram Ali Khil (55 off 89 balls), and Darwish Rasooli (63 off 44 balls) to set up an imposing total of 284 for 7. The chase was in the balance when rain arrived after 24 overs with Sri Lanka 108 for 3.

A revised target of 127 of the final 14 overs was set when play resumed, and the required run rate jumped from 6.80 to nearly ten an over. Afghanistan’s bowlers seized on this to successfully apply pressure and soon it was one too many for the Islanders as they succumbed to a defeat.

Brief Scores

South Africa v West Indies

South Africa Under-19: 282 for 8 (Makwetu 99, Pillay 47, Rolfes 4-33)

West Indies Under-19: 206 (Athanaze 76, Kallicharan 44)

Man of the Match: Wandile Makwetu

South Africa U19 won by 76 runs

Zimbabwe v Australia

Zimbabwe: 134 all-out in 33.2 overs (Robert Chimhinya 27, Tinashe Nenhunzi 16; Xavier Bartlett 3/20, Will Sutherland 2/21)

Australia: 135/3 in 18.2 overs (Max Bryant 44, Jack Edwards 40; Liam Nicholas Roche 1/14, Taun Harrison 1/28)

Man of the Match: Xavier Bartlett

Australia U19 won by 7 wickets

New Zealand v Kenya

New Zealand: 436/4 in 50 overs (Jakob Bhula 180, Rachin Ravindra 117; Jasraj Kundi 1/82, Sukhdeep Singh 1/29)

Kenya: 193/4 in 50 overs (Aman Gandhi 63, Aveet Desai 28; Rachin Ravindra 2/33, Sandeep Patel 1/13)

New Zealand won by 243 runs

Man of the Match: Jakob Bhula

 Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

Afghanistan: 284 for 7 in 50 overs (Ibrahim Zadran 86, Darwish Rasooli 63; Thisaru Rashmika 2/64, Nipun Malinga 2/56)

Sri Lanka: 202-10 in 37.3 overs (Jehan Daniel 48, Krishan Arachchige 41; Naveen-ul-Haq 4/35, Qais Ahmad 2/37)

Afghanistan won by 32 runs (DLS Method-Match reduced to 38 overs due to rain delay, target 235)

Man of the Match: Ibrahim Zadran

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