SA under-19's down Pakistan

2012-01-16 20:31
Theunis de Bruyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The South Africa under-19 team claimed the second round in their rivalry with Pakistan when they beat them by 42 runs in the seventh match of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Under-19 Triangular Series between South Africa, Pakistan and Zimbabwe on Monday.

Man of the match, Theunis de Bruyn played an outstanding innings, frustrating the bowlers before he was dismissed by a brilliant outfield catch for 73 off 76 balls after Quinton De Kock had won the toss and elected to bat first at Newlands.

De Kock (7) himself has not had a good run of it lately, losing his wicket to Zia-ul-Haq early in the seventh over. The No 3 batsman, Gihahn Cloete (11), was also dismissed cheaply before Shaylen Pillay shared a 90-run partnership with De Bruyn before he was dismissed for 40 runs off 50 balls to bring the momentum back on the South African side.

South Africa ended their innings on 240/7, giving Pakistan a competitive score to chase down.

The hosts knew that the key to winning would be to strike early and to keep the momentum going. Corné Dry was impressive with the ball, taking 3/42 in his 10 overs, his wickets including the first wicket of the day, Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who was trapped lbw for just a single at the beginning of the fourth over.

Dry struck again in the sixth over to take wicket No 2, Sami Aslam (8), leaving Pakistan on 2/15.

The South African bowlers tried to keep the run scoring at the bare minimum and when it seemed the Pakistan batsmen were just breaking away, a wicket would fall. All the bowlers, with the exception of Shaylen Pillay, had a wicket each, with Prenelan Subrayen taking two for 21 in 3.5 overs.

Pakistan was bowled out for 198 runs, giving South Africa a confidence-boosting victory.

Monday's match puts South Africa just two points away from Pakistan in the competition log with 13 points, Pakistan in the lead with 15 and Zimbabwe with no points as they have failed to win a match.

Pakistan have a rest day on Tuesday as Zimbabwe attempt to change their record when they take on a confident South African side at Somerset College.

Match Summary:

South Africa 240/7

Theunis de Bruyn 73, Shaylen Pillay 40 (Zia-ul-Haq 2/30, Usman Qadir 2/37)

Pakistan 198 all out

Usman Qadir 52, Mohammad Nawaz 34 (Corné Dry 3/42, Prenelan Subrayen 2/21)

South Africa won by 42 runs


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