Calcutta: The South Africa Under-19 team managed to do what their more fancied seniors have not been able to till now — win a World Cup.
On Saturday, they defeated Pakistan by six wickets to win the country’s maiden World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, in Dubai.
Fast bowler Corbin Bosch saved his best performance of the tournament for the title match, when he claimed four for 15. Wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin had a stellar time behind the stumps, taking six catches. Pakistan were bundled out for 131 in 44.3 overs, after electing to bat.
South Africa captain Aiden Markram led from the front, as he guided his team to victory. He remained unbeaten on 66. Markram, who hit six fours, was supported by Greg Oldfield, who contributed 40 in their 71-runs partnership for the third wicket, to help the side recover after South Africa were reduced to 28 for two.
Markram, who was selected Man of the Series, said: “It feels amazing. This is the first win for South Africa at a global ICC event, so I can’t even describe how I feel right now. The boys are over the moon.”
He scored two centuries and one half-century in the tournament. Talking about his match-winning innings, he, however, didn’t feel too elated. “It was one of those innings where it didn’t feel great, but I am really glad that I could stick it out.”
Pakistan captain Sami Aslam said: “Obviously, we’re disappointed because we’re a much better side than the result shows. But all credit to South Africa who outplayed us. They deserved the win.”
Sami defended his decision to bat first, but admitted that his batsmen committed mistakes. “I don’t think it was a bad decision to bat first because we saw off the difficult period. Unfortunately, we lacked application and good shot selection.”