India progress to finals, SA one win away
South Africa Under-19s got closer to sealing a finals berth in the Quadrangular Under-19 Series by chasing down Australia Under-19s' 134 with five wickets and more than 15 overs to spare. South Africa now have 12 points, four behind India who qualified by beating Zimbabwe, and need one more win to progress to the final. Australia, on the other hand, have only one win so far and need to win both their remaining matches to have any chances of spoiling South Africa's prospects.
Australia's decision of batting first proved faulty as they lost their first two wickets to fast bowler Kagiso Rabada within seven overs. Sean Willis got brief support from Jake Doran and Matthew Kelly, who scored in double digits, but was the lone fighter. His innings of 51 took them close to 100 while their middle order was rocked by offspinner Yaseen Valli who took four consecutive wickets, reducing Australia to 97 for 7 after he dismissed Willis and Cameron Valente off successive deliveries.
Kelvin Smith and Tom Andrews took them to 120 but they were soon all out for 134 when Valli took the last wicket to finish with 5 for 27.
South Africa were not troubled much as opener Clyde Fortuin (38) and No. 3 Jason Smith (41*) took them to a comfortable position. They lost two quick wickets within seven balls a little later but Smith and Valli took them home in the 35th over.
India Under-19s were given their fourth consecutive win by a hundred from Ankush Bains which helped them chase Zimbabwe Under-19s' 245 with ease. Bains scored 134 from 89 which included 14 fours and seven sixes, and the openers, Bains and Akhil Herwadkar, crossed 200 within 25 overs. India lost Bains at the score of 218 but Herwadkar and captain Vijay Zol saw India home within the next four overs. Herwadkar was unbeaten on 88 from 71 as he struck seven fours and four sixes.
Zimbabwe's innings was steadied by fifties from Joylord Gumbie (60) and Clive Chitumba (83) after they lost two quick wickets when they chose to bat. Gumbie fell in the 30th over to Atit Sheth (3 for 36) at the score of 124 and they lost three more wickets, including Chitumba's, before reaching 200 before Luke Jongwe's 34 took them past 240. Abhimanyu Lamba took two wickets for 55 runs.