Clyde Fortuin scored an unbeaten 112 runs to lead the Coca-Cola South Africa under-19s to their second consecutive ICC Under-19 World Cup warm-up victory when they faced India at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Wednesday. The five-wicket victory over the defending champions will be a confidence booster that they will take into the tournament which starts on Friday (14 February).
Half-centuries from Vijay Zol (59), Ricky Bhui (56) and Sarfaraz Khan (53) saw India post a competitive 234/6 in their 50 overs after they were asked to bat first by South Africa. Kagiso Rabada and Justin Dill took 2/18 and 2/35 respectively, with Yaseen Valli and Corbin Bosch picking up a wicket each.
South Africa got off to a good start when skipper, Aiden Markram (41), shared a 67-run opening stand with Fortuin before the former was caught behind off Khan in the 11th over. Greg Oldfield and Jason Smith added vital 35 and 31 runs to get their side to 222/3 when double Nelson struck, seeing the end of Oldfield at the start of the 40th over.
Valli lost his wicket for six runs in the 43rd over, followed by Driaan Bruwer, who was run out for one a few balls later. Fortuin, whose 112 was scored at a run a ball, soldiered on to get his side to the required target.
The wicket keeper/batsman is satisfied with the team’s performances in the warm-up matches. They beat Namibia by five wickets on Monday and look forward to taking on the West Indies in their first tournament match on Friday.
“It’s been a really good few days since arriving in the UAE (United Arab Emirates),” he said. “The two warm-up games gave us the opportunity to adjust to the conditions and to get ourselves together.
“It’s always good to play against India, we had a very competitive series against them last year in their backyard and they beat us in the final. It was good to be able to give them a taste of what they can expect from us here in the World Cup and in conditions that are unknown to both of us. We are really excited to play the West Indies on Friday,” he concluded.