A revitalized bowling performance by the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s saw them bounce back well and beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets at the Port Diamond Jubilee Stadium in Visakhapatnam, India on Friday. South Africa have now won two out of their three fixtures in the seven-match series so far.
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 135 runs thanks to superb bowling up front by the openers, Ngazibili Sigwili and Kagiso Rabada (1/22 in 4.2 overs) after South Africa won the toss and chose to field first. Sigwili was the leading wicket taker, he finished with three wickets for 10 in five overs after removing Joylord Gumbie (2), Ryan Burl (10) and Jack Myers (0). Other wickets were taken by Hayes van der Berg (2/19 in six overs), keeping the pressure on and insuring the opposition were restricted to 95/8 in the 26th.
Zimbabwe did not go down without a fight however, Brandon Diplock and Mkhululi Nyati shared 31-run partnership for the last wicket to help their side to the more respectable total.
South Africa got off to a good start in their reply, despite losing their captain for the day, Aiden Markam, for 23 at the end of the fifth over. Clyde Fortuin (62*) was the leading run scorer, he scored a half century while sharing a 74-run partnership with Corbin Bosch (39), leading their side to 122/1 before losing the latter in the 11th over.
Andile Phehlukwayo entered the fray, only to lose his wicket for five runs with just four more needed. Van der Berg hit a massive six down the ground off his first ball to score the winning runs. They completed the win in just under 13 overs.
Coach Ray Jennings is satisfied with the win and the manner in which the side have conducted themselves after the loss to India. He still believes there is plenty of room for improvement, but is happy that his team is on the right track to reach the final next week.
He said: “I think it’s important for the team in a tournament like to get a good performance under their belt especially after their loss to India. It settles the side down and helps the guys realize their skills are still intact. I thought the three aspects of the game were good today, but from a fielding point of view, there’s always room for improvement at the under-19 level.”
South Africa will play Australia on Sunday. They emerged victorious in their first clash and will look to produce an even better performance when they meet again.