Emerging Players Tournament, Brisbane, 2nd round July 17, 2008

Australia and South Africa bounce back with wins

Cricinfo staff

Australian Institute of Sports 274 (Forrest 81, Doropoulos 69) beat New Zealand Emerging Players 237 (Anderson 73) by 37 runs

Theo Doropoulos made a crucial 69 to steady Australia © Getty Images

Powered by half-centuries from middle-order batsmen Peter Forrest (81) and Theo Doropoulos (69), Australian Institute of Sports posted a challenging 274, and registered a 37-run win over New Zealand Emerging Players.

New Zealand's new-ball bowlers, Trent Boult and Brent Arnel, had Australia in trouble after the hosts had been sent in - three wickets fell in the space of six runs as Australia slumped to 3 for 30. A 131-run stand between Forrest and Doropoulos turned the game around, and though captain Moises Henriques fell cheaply, Steve O'Keefe's 40 carried on the good work for Australia. Boult was the most effective bowler for New Zealand, finishing with 3 for 37.

Unlike Australia, New Zealand got off to a solid start, but none of their top six went on to make significant score: all of them got into double-digits but no one topped 35. Their No. 7 Corey Anderson made up for his poor bowling by top-scoring with 73 but it wasn't enough and they slumped to their first loss. Fast bowler Aaron Varun, one of the two Indian players from the MRF Pace Foundation in the Australian team, did most of the damage, taking three middle-order wickets.

South Africa Emerging Players 5 for 81 (Khan 26*) beat India Emerging Players 80 (Parnell 3-26, Tshabalala 3-11) by five wickets

In a match that was strikingly similar to the one between South Africa and New Zealand on Tuesday, the team batting first was again bundled out cheaply and the chasing side had some anxious moments before overhauling the target. The South African Emerging Players, though, triumphed this time, with their Indian counterparts having a day to forget.

Sent in to bat, India folded for 80 - with 13 being the highest individual score - despite the presence of several impressive performers from the IPL. Wayne Parnell, South Africa's captain at the Under-19 World Cup earlier this year, took three middle-order wickets to derail India and offspinner Thandi Tshabalala cleaned up the tail to set up what should have been a straightforward chase for South Africa.

However, with fast bowler Siddharth Trivedi and legspinner Amit Mishra taking two wickets apiece, South Africa needed a resolute 36-run stand for the sixth wicket between Imraan Khan and wicketkeeper Daryn Smit to see them home.