SA U-19 crushes 2-time Champions 'Pakistan' to claim maiden World Cup title
DUBAI: Skipper of South African Under-19s cricket team Aiden Markham guided his team in a small chase of 132 runs to lift the title of ICC Under-19 World Cup on Saturday at Dubai International Stadium, ARY News Reported.
Markham and Greg Oldfield re-build the South African inning after loss of two early wickets.
A 71-run stand between the batsmen took their out of pressure after losing 2 wickets at the score of 28.
Markham played unbeaten knock of 66 runs while Oldfield got out after scoring 40 runs.
South Africa chased the total in 43rd over at the loss of 4 wickets.
Pakistan’s bowler wasn’t able to repeat performance of 2006 final against India, when they were bowled out for 109 and yet won by 38 runs. It was the match in which Anwar Ali claimed 5-wicket haul.
Earlier, Pakistan U-19 winning the toss decided to bat first.
South African seamers left Pakistan tatters with outstanding bowling performance.
The Pakistan batsmen kept the wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin and the slips busy, pushing and poking at deliveries they would rather have left alone. To South Africa's credit, the bowling was disciplined and the ploy of making the batsmen play had paid off.
The top order of Pakistan shattered by South African bowlers leaving them at 77-7, at one stage it seemed difficult for Pakistan to reach even 100, but some handy contribution from tail enders allow them to score 131 before getting all out in 45th over.
Captain of Pakistan Sami Aslam scored 16, Imam-ul-Haq 12 and Hassan Raza (2) made 15 run.
Zafar Gohar posted 22 while Amad Butt was the top scorer from Pakistan with unbeaten 37.
South Africa U-19 has clinched the World Cup title for the first time.