Durban - The Bangladesh Under-19s concluded
their dominant Youth One-Day International series against South Africa Under-19
with a convincing 22-run victory at Kingsmead on Sunday.
The visitors finished the seven-match
series with a commanding 5-2 advantage.
The Junior Tigers, as they are known back
home, once again posted a formidable
total, thanks to solid batting contributions by Joyraz Sheik, Saif Hassan and
Zakir Hasan, who scored 90, 45 and 42 runs respectively.
Their 266/6 was once again helped along by
24 runs in extras conceded by the hosts.
The Bangladesh top order’s ability to form
three big partnerships served them in good stead, allowing them to set a solid
base for the middle order to bat without fear, adding 61 runs in the final 10
Wiaan Mulder and SA captain on the day,
Willie Ludick, were the only bowlers who took wickets, returning figures of
2/46 and 2/60 respectively.
Tony De Zorzi was ruled out of the match
after he was hit by a ball in the face in the sixth match at Chatsworth.
South Africa’s response was once again off
to a shaky start when they lost opener, Matthew Breetzke, for a duck off the
final delivery of the first over of their innings. He was followed by Rivaldo
Moonsamy, who was dismissed by Mohammad Saifuddin for 10 in the eighth over.
Liam Smith put his hand up once again,
sharing a 47-run, third wicket partnership and a 56-run partnership for the
fourth with Mulder (15) and Lesego Senokwane (22) respectively, but he once
again could not convert his well-played 89 runs into a potentially match-saving
Dayyaan Galiem was the other stand-out
batsman for the young Proteas, smashing 65 runs at a run a ball, and sharing a
52-run, eighth-wicket stand with Sean Whitehead (24 off 18 balls) to get South
Africa within a sniff of victory.
They both lost their wickets in the 48th
over however, with their side still needing 23 runs to win.
Conor McKerr could only add a single to the
scorecard before South Africa lost their last wicket (Lutho Sipamla for a
Bangladesh won with four balls to spare.
“Again today we bowled too many extras and
again we seem to be struggling to get our disciplines right,” said SA Under-19s
coach, Lawrence Mahatlane.
“We sit in a position where a lot of schoolboy
thinking still takes place and a lot of pre-meditation that gets us out at
crucial times, when we should be enforcing our lessons.”
Negatives aside, he still has hope for the
future of his team.
“I’m quietly excited about the prospects of
a lot of these young players,” he continued. “I believe that a lot of them can
take lessons learnt forward if they follow our processes.”