South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by four wickets on the fifth day of the ICC U-19 World Cup. South Africa won the toss and elected to field first. Corne Dry bowled with demonic preicison and demolished Sri Lanka's top-order. He got fine support from his fellow bowlers and Sri Lanka were reduced to 98 for 9 but the last pair added 52 runs to propel Sri Lanka to a respectable total.
Pulina Tharanga was the highesh scorer for Sri Lanka as he remained unbeaten on 50 while his team was skittled for 150 in 37.4 overs. Dry was the pick of the bowlers for Proteas with the bowling figures of 4 for 16 in 8 overs.
Though South Africa lost six wickets before they attained the target but it was largely a smooth chase with Sri Lanka never in content_cnion barring for few overs when South Africa were 21 for 2. Chad Bowes and Theunis de Bruyn scored 46 and 42 runs respectively. South Have have won all their three group matches. Sri Lanka lost two matches out of three in Group D and will now have to wait for the result of Bangaldesh versus Namibia match to see if they could qualify for the quater-finals. If Bangaldesh beat Namibia, they'll qualify for the quater-finals as they've already beaten Sri Lanka in the group match.
Brief scores: South Africa 153 for 6 in 33 overs (Bowes 46, Bruyn 42; Kaushal 3-28) beat Sri Lanka all out 150 in 37.4 overs (Tharanga 50; Dry 4-16) by four wickets.
In other matches:
Afghanistan beat Scotland by 10 runs in a group B match. Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first. Their Javed Ahmadi smashed 71 runs off 76 balls but other top-order batsmen failed to make any significant contribution. Their wicketkeeper Afsar Khan struck 44 runs to take his team to 191 before they were bowled out in 48.3 overs.
Scotland were cruising at one stage as they added 120 runs for the loss of only two wickets but the dismissal of Riss McLean, who hammered 67 runs, and Fredie Coleman triggered the collapse which saw them rolling over for 181 in 49.2 overs. Ahmadi was adjudged Man of the Match.
Brief scores: Afghanistan 191 all out in 48.3 overs (Ahmadi 71; Main 4-26) beat Scotland 181 in 49.2 overs (McLean 67; Shirzad 3-33) by 10 runs
Ireland beat Nepal by 14 runs in a group A match. Ireland won the toss and decided to bat first. Andy McBrine and Shane Getkate scored 41 and 47 respectively but Ireland could only muster 185 runs in 50 overs for the loss of eight wickets. In reply, a few Nepal batsmen made 20s and 30s but couldn't convert them into big scores as wickets kept on tumbling at regular intervals.
Eventually, Nepal were dismissed for 171 runs in 49.3 overs. George Dockrell picked up four wickets for 22 and declared Man of the Match.
Brief scores: Ireland 185 for 8 (Getkate 47, McBrine 41) beat Nepal 171 all out in 49.3 overs (Vishvakarma 32; Dockrell 4-22) by 14 runs