Stellenbosch - The South Africa under-19s were outplayed when they faced Pakistan in the 10th match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Under-19 Triangular Series at the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) on Thursday.
Pakistan beat South Africa by seven wickets to finish on top of the competition table with 25 points while South Africa bring up second place with 17 points.
South Africa’s captain, Quinton De Kock, has struggled in the series, failing to score runs since his century in the team’s first match of the competition. He was dismissed for four runs at the start of the second over after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. The situation went from bad to worse when Gihahn Cloete was dismissed for a duck just five balls later, trapped leg before by Azizullah.
Miscommunication between Chad Bowes (6) and top scorer Shaylen Pillay (36) saw the former run out by Mohammad Nawaz in the seventh over. Theunis de Bruyn and Pillay attempted to bring the innings back with a 56-run partnership, but it was ultimately brought to a grinding halt when de Bruyn was caught and bowled by Fawad Khan for 29 runs.
Murray Coetzee (31 not out), along with Prenelan Subrayen made a final effort to put runs on the board, but Subrayen was caught and bowled by Zia-ul-Haq for 24 runs in the 40th over.
From then on, the bowlers made quick work of the remaining three batsmen, with Corné Dry and Lizaad Williams both returning for two runs, while Travis Muller scored three runs before he was dismissed by Nawaz.
South Africa were all out for 152 runs in 47.4 overs.
Pakistan started slowly, amassing 29 runs in 9.1 overs before Dry claimed the first wicket of captain, Babar Azam (6). Faraz Ali was dismissed by Williams for 18 runs in the 17th over, followed by Shahan Akram who was stumped by De Kock off Subrayen for 10 in the 24th over.
Pakistan were 77/3 in the beginning of the 25th over when man-of-the-match Sami Aslam (84*) and Umar Waheed (30*) shard a 79-run partnership to bat Pakistan to victory with 10 overs to spare.
The final match of the series takes place on Sunday at Boland Park Stadium in Paarl where South Africa hope to redeem themselves and claim the ultimate victory against Pakistan.
South Africa 152/10 (47.4 overs)
Shaylen Pillay 36, Murray Coetzee 31* (Usman Qadir 3/31, Azizullah 2/6)
Pakistan 156/3 (40 overs)
Sami Aslam 84*, Umar Waheed 30* (Lizaad Williams 1/23, Corné Dry 1/39)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets.