The South African u19 side’s first match of Pakistan’s Winter Tour has started off with a bit of a shaky start.
The u19 side lost the first Youth ODI by 17 runs in Chatsworth against a strong Pakistan team.
This is on the eve of the senior Proteas side’s World Cup match against the same opponents at the home of cricket, Lords.
Pakistan u19 Captain, Roahil Nazir, won the toss and elected to bat first. Pakistan openers Haider Ali and Mohammed Ali shared in an opening partnership of 101 runs. Haider Ali went on to top scoring 60 off 52 balls (8 fours) until he was dismissed caught and bowled off the bowling of left-arm spinner Bryce Parsons.
Abbas Afridi also notched up a half century scoring 53 not out off 68 balls and was well aided by Pakistan’s number ten scoring an important 23 down the order. The two put on 69 runs for the ninth wicket taking the score to 229/9 at the end of 50 overs.
Opener Jonathan Bird 40 off 79 balls and South Africa’s number three Luke Beaufort 46 off 87 balls both got starts. The two put on 61 runs together before Bird was run-out. Parsons had a good all-round match and was the pick of the South African bowlers claiming figures of 2/24 in his 10 overs.
Parsons also carried his bat to be 57 not out off 64 balls. Coming in at number four, the South African captain steadied the ship as wickets fell in regular intervals around him.
The South African side kept losing wickets which slowed down the scoring rate and left Parsons with limited partners. The South Africans ended up on 209/9 after their full quota of 50 overs.
Abbas Afridi finished with figures of 2/44 in his 10 overs adding to his earlier performance with the bat which deservingly won him the Player of the Match Award.
The South African u19 side will be hoping to bounce back in the second Youth ODI which is set to take place on the 25th June 2019 at Pietermaritzburg Oval starting at 10:00 am.
Hannes Nienaber covered schools’ rugby in South Africa for Volksblad, Beeld, and Rapport for 11 years. He also created the biggest school rugby website in South Africa – School of Rugby – back in 2007. It eventually morphed into Supersport Schools Plus. He still occasionally milks cows.