Australia v SA, U-19 World Cup, semi-final February 26, 2014

Fortuin, Rabada power South Africa to final

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South Africa Under-19s 230 for 9 (Fortuin 74, Markkram 45) beat Australia Under-19s 150 (Doran 36, Rabada 6-25) by 80 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kagiso Rabada's pace, with speeds touching 90mph, powered South Africa Under-19s to their first World Cup final since 2008, beating Australia Under-19s comprehensively by 80 runs in Dubai. Rabada had earlier jolted West Indies at the same ground nearly two weeks ago, but his six-wicket haul in the semi-final was the standout bowling performance till date in the tournament. A target of 231 was always going to test Australia but Rabada's spell didn't give them an inch.

The Australian top order found Rabada's pace and bounce a handful. He struck with the first ball of his third over, bouncing out Matthew Short as he tried to hook. Damien Mortimer had just edged him to third man for a four the same over, but Rabada struck back the following ball, with a skiddy delivery that beat Mortimer for pace and knocked back the middle stump. The impact on the stumps was so strong that one of the LED bails landed beyond the 30-yard circle.

Rabada claimed another in his first spell when Jaron Morgan inside-edged to his stumps, leaving Australia in trouble at 33 for 3 in nine overs. That wicket came off the last ball of Rabada's fifth over and there would have been a temptation to keep him going for an over or two, but captain Aiden Markram decided to give him a rest and preserve him for later, if a partnership needed breaking.

Markram continued to set attacking fields even after the Powerplay overs. Justin Dill regularly made the batsmen play and the offspinner Dirk Brewer bowled out his ten overs for an economical 32. Seeing the effect the Australian spinners had, Brewer was given the new ball and though he didn't take wickets, he held one end up.

Alex Gregory and Jake Doran gave Australia hope with a fourth-wicket stand of 63 and the pair weren't afraid of scooping the ball over the infield if the ball was pitched up. However, a chipped drive from Gregory to mid-off off the seamer Corbin Bosch opened the floodgates for South Africa. The next ball, Ben McDermott set off for a run but was sent back and run-out by a distance.

The pressure on Australia increased with the asking rate. Rabada got Tom Andrews miscuing a pull to midwicket but his following wicket was thanks to an outstanding leaping catch by the wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin to his right. Rabada finished it off with a slower ball that Guy Walker spooned to mid-on.

If it was pace for South Africa, it was spin for Australia. A century opening stand between Markram and Fortuin put them on the path to a score of 250 and above, but Australia's spinners did well to pull them back. For a change, wickets didn't fall in a clump at the start of the innings, as had been the case with teams batting first in Dubai. Markram and Fortuin produced the best start of the tournament at the venue, nullifying Australia's pace attack by batting positively.

There was hardly any deviation to cause trouble and the batsmen were able to hit through the line with ease. Batting sides had struggled to do the same earlier. Australia weren't very disciplined with the ball either, conceding eight wides and a no-ball in the first 15 overs, during which South Africa had reached a healthy 66 for 0.

Spin was introduced as early as the ninth over, as the seamers were ineffective in providing a breakthrough. Fortuin was strong against anything short and looked at ease against the left-arm spinner Thomas Andrews, pulling and sweeping.

After passing fifty, he clipped the seamer Walker over mid-on before pulling him to fine leg. Markram had scored two centuries prior to this match and had faced 237 balls without being dismissed. He extended that to 300 balls before he was caught brilliantly by Walker at backward point, diving to his left. Markram had made a steady 45 and his drives found the middle of the bat.

South Africa had progressed at five an over till the 30th but that's when their control began to slip. The offspinner Short struck first ball in his opening spell when he had Fortuin driving straight to extra cover. He then removed Kirwin Christoffels with a leading edge to cover and Andrews claimed another with a return catch, sending back Greg Oldfield.

South Africa had suddenly lost 3 for 17 and the Powerplay didn't change their fortunes either. The Australia spinners kept things tight and conceded just 12 runs in the Powerplay. The seamers ensured South Africa didn't motor along in the last ten, where they scored 56. Valli played some innovative shots, making room and scooping down to fine leg and clearing the infield.

As South Africa later found out, 230 was more than sufficient to beat Australia for the first time in an Under-19 World Cup. They will now meet Pakistan in the final.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | February 28, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan and SA, the Real 2. With the omission of the Big3, whoever wins out of these two talented nations, the real winner is already cricket.

  • POSTED BY SyedSajjad1982 on | February 27, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    ALL BIG THREE out of under 19 world cup. Proud to be NOT a BIG THREE. Soon these BIG 3 will realize that they have made a BIG Mistake!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Rabada has some serious gas! 17/18 and he terrorised the aus batters with speeds just going past 140km/h! Fantastic to see the aussies jumping around without a clue! Just plain bloody awesome! The 2 best sides have made the final. No "big 3"! SA (junior) to win final. Pakistan (senior) to win Asia Cup and SA (senior) side to steamroller Aus in Cape Town (3rd test). A perfect start for the "big 3!"

  • POSTED BY Gentleman-game on | February 27, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Being Pakistani, we don't want to be BIG 3, we are happy with BEST 1.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | February 27, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Good,well done by young guys......I wish they hold the title (u-19 WC ) this time to set an example for the senior team for 2015 .......Good luck ......carry on JENNING !

  • POSTED BY klempie on | February 27, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Hmmmm...seems the cupboard is pretty bare too. *chuckles*

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Stark contrast in performance of so called "Big 3" on and off field.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Where is big three?????

  • POSTED BY HorsburghA6 on | February 27, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    good u 19 cup. and my best xi : Markram Imam Doran Pooran(wk) W.Rhodes (captain) y vallie deepak hooda kuldeep yadav Matt Fisher Kagiso Rabada Ray Jordan. RSA is the best team here and they will win the cup. other good team is India but somehow they lost. Pakistan and Aussie are the lucky one so the Afghans. Bangladesh is another unlucky one.

  • POSTED BY safwan_tauseef on | February 27, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    The Big Real 2 are in final ang The Big 3 are out. I am realy Happy with this Result. I pray for the win of team Grean pakistan. Go Pakistan youngester,s Go and win the trophy and bring the Joy and Happines for the Country.

  • POSTED BY dreamliner on | February 28, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan and SA, the Real 2. With the omission of the Big3, whoever wins out of these two talented nations, the real winner is already cricket.

  • POSTED BY SyedSajjad1982 on | February 27, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    ALL BIG THREE out of under 19 world cup. Proud to be NOT a BIG THREE. Soon these BIG 3 will realize that they have made a BIG Mistake!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Rabada has some serious gas! 17/18 and he terrorised the aus batters with speeds just going past 140km/h! Fantastic to see the aussies jumping around without a clue! Just plain bloody awesome! The 2 best sides have made the final. No "big 3"! SA (junior) to win final. Pakistan (senior) to win Asia Cup and SA (senior) side to steamroller Aus in Cape Town (3rd test). A perfect start for the "big 3!"

  • POSTED BY Gentleman-game on | February 27, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    Being Pakistani, we don't want to be BIG 3, we are happy with BEST 1.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | February 27, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    Good,well done by young guys......I wish they hold the title (u-19 WC ) this time to set an example for the senior team for 2015 .......Good luck ......carry on JENNING !

  • POSTED BY klempie on | February 27, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Hmmmm...seems the cupboard is pretty bare too. *chuckles*

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Stark contrast in performance of so called "Big 3" on and off field.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 27, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Where is big three?????

  • POSTED BY HorsburghA6 on | February 27, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    good u 19 cup. and my best xi : Markram Imam Doran Pooran(wk) W.Rhodes (captain) y vallie deepak hooda kuldeep yadav Matt Fisher Kagiso Rabada Ray Jordan. RSA is the best team here and they will win the cup. other good team is India but somehow they lost. Pakistan and Aussie are the lucky one so the Afghans. Bangladesh is another unlucky one.

  • POSTED BY safwan_tauseef on | February 27, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    The Big Real 2 are in final ang The Big 3 are out. I am realy Happy with this Result. I pray for the win of team Grean pakistan. Go Pakistan youngester,s Go and win the trophy and bring the Joy and Happines for the Country.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | February 27, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Best sides of the junior world cup so far have made it to the finals. Both sides have similar resources available and will be a treat to watch in finals. Here is the future of ODI rankings.

  • POSTED BY on | February 27, 2014, 1:10 GMT

    It was a good write-up of this particular match as i watched most of it and from this write-up got a clear picture of what happened completely. R time zone is different. Good write-up!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Good Luck to both Pak and SA. Well Well Well, none of the team from Big 3 couldn't make it to the final.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | February 26, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    Ngam was unbelievably good (as good as anyone i've watched) ... but as nuxxy said, it was a bone density defect that simply put him out of the game

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Even though I am not a fan of Big 3 policy there seem to be some very bitter comments regarding them(some of them rightly deserved as they haven't performed well recently). But to say they will spoil the game completely and not let teams like Pak SL SA NZ and WI prosper is wrong. The "businessmen" who run the 3 boards will at least have some common sense and would not try controlling the other boards to a large extent otherwise interest will decline (it already has in SA I m afraid).And you can't have a world sport with 3 nations.

  • POSTED BY Newlandsfaithful on | February 26, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Thought it was a great team effort from SA, with all the bowlers playing their part brilliantly. Well done to the whole team and Ray Jennings.

  • POSTED BY Nuxxy on | February 26, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Ngam had a defect in his bone density that meant he was prone to stress fractures. He was good, but international bowling would have wrecked him. He now coaches at Fort Hare University in the Eastern Cape, helping in one of the poorest parts of the country. Radaba is a vastly different prospect.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 26, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    @Athol Agree but I believe there is progress, slow but still progress. Previously these guys had no access to cricket facilities even at school, at least now there is some access and scouts who can bring them to academies and junior provincial cricket. Ngam unfortunately has had reoccurrence of stress-fractures caused by weak bones and malnutrition at childhood.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Yes TommyTucker I agree but only if the structures are put in place and young black South Africans get access to proper training. Rabada is a real talent but so was Ngam and have not heard from him in a while.

  • POSTED BY M.A.Shamsi on | February 26, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    It's time for real R2... South Africa will meat Pakistan in final and Big 3 will meet each other at Dubai airport...

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Having read a few of the earlier posts, I noticed many commented that they're happy to see Australia crash out. Rather than take such a negative approach, I'd like to congratulate SA on their magnificent performance with both bat and ball. It is very pleasing to watch the stars of tomorrow perform on the big stage. The pay-TV coverage has been very good thus far. Thank you to all teams for a wonderful tournament. Good luck to both teams in the final.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 26, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    As if scripted, the most talented 2 teams with the best pace attacks will now meet head to head in the final. A great final show down awaits as the minnows have since been dispatched.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    icc bcci ca and ecb and the cricket world are shocked and wondering how the small 2 made it the final

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Congratulations to SA for thrashing another one of big three. I would love to watch the final game. Whoever wins, cricket will win..

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | February 26, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    @Mike Roy - Thanks for the kind support and words as I am sure you being a South Africa supporter you could feel the pain of us Pakistan supporters not able to have games at home due to no fault of players. Wishing for a cracker of a match between these two emerging so called small 2.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 26, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Nice to see south Africa youngsters winning. But Pakistan will win the World Cup. Come on green team.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Big 3 out of the U19 world cup.... new 'Era' of cricket.... :P

  • POSTED BY Shahid06 on | February 26, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Well played South Africa.. I wish for a close and exciting final...Nice to see Aussies crashing out after the other 2 so called BIG 2's of cricket.. These BIG three's of cricket want to change this Gentleman's game of cricket into 3 Greedy-man's cricket.. Time is not far off when cricket will be known as 3 Greedy-man's cricket....

    Another wish is to see all of these Big 3's crashing out of T20 WC before the Final.....

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | February 26, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    It seems to be getting almost boring beating Australia these days. South African cricket will only get stronger and stronger as we encourage more black South Africans into the sport. We will have a conveyor belt producing Holdings, Laras like the world will never have seen. We had a good team with 10 million people playing the sport, what until all 50 million are playing...

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    South Africa are way better than Australia at all levels. This just confirms that. The severe drought of talent must be worrying for fans down under. Congratulations SA! Hope you emerge victorious in the final.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Well done Pakistan surely there is no country with as much raw talent as Pakistan they just need to develop it better

  • POSTED BY BUKHARI53 on | February 26, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    No matter who will win the under 19 world cup, but surely it will not be India, England and Australia (the so called BIG THREE). Well played South Africa and Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY BUKHARI53 on | February 26, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Well done South African youngsters. Very pleased to see that so called BIG THREE will be going back from UAE empty handed. Pakistan and South African boys have proved that greatness is not hidden in money, which BIG THREE have planned to steal from the game of cricket, but greatness in proved with Bat and Ball, in the cricket fields. India, England and Australia Boards must see their wealthy but sad faces in mirror tonight, after final kick by South African boys. All praise to Pakistan and SA young guns.

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | February 26, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Lesson for the "Big 3". Money does not make you better. It is skills, temparent, and hard work. Too much money eats into these attributes - bit by bit. The FUTURE does not look very rosy for you. Democracy shall come to ICC - soon Inshallah, for the good of crickets and its fans worldwide.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Nice to have another aussie thrashing today. Although the oz team is ridicously poor, they lost 3 warm up games and to Afghanistan in the tournament proper. Things not looking too good down under.

    Listen to these words: Rabada will be an international bowler within the next 3 years. Beautiful natural rhythmic action, huge pace with some swing. Look after this young man well cricket SA

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Great performance by the youngsters...... the final against Pakistan should be good, this has been the year of South Africa v Pakistan at all levels. I look forward to the day that we (South Africa) can tour Pakistan again in their country, it must be terrible for their supporters not to be able to have any home tests.

    Huge respect for the quality of cricketers that come out of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY dual.citizen on | February 26, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    What do 3 biggies have to show? What is going to be their contribution to world of cricket in future? Anybody's guess. Still time to redress the situation, otherwise it may be writing on the wall. Money alone cannot keep cricket alive and progressing.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    The last nail has been driven in to the (BIG THREE) coffin..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Congrats cricket South Africa.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Oops all the Big 3s out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY KabsCricki on | February 26, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Well done boys, the future is looking ever so bright for the S.A. One more match to go, keep up the great momentum.

  • POSTED BY Lenniesahayi on | February 26, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    a new Ntini?Wonder why they have to come into the team as bowlers not batsmen

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | February 26, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Brilliant guys, how did so many wickets fall to the end? I see the young Ozzies are now 42/3 in the 13th over.

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  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | February 26, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Brilliant guys, how did so many wickets fall to the end? I see the young Ozzies are now 42/3 in the 13th over.

  • POSTED BY Lenniesahayi on | February 26, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    a new Ntini?Wonder why they have to come into the team as bowlers not batsmen

  • POSTED BY KabsCricki on | February 26, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Well done boys, the future is looking ever so bright for the S.A. One more match to go, keep up the great momentum.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Oops all the Big 3s out of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Congrats cricket South Africa.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    The last nail has been driven in to the (BIG THREE) coffin..

  • POSTED BY dual.citizen on | February 26, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    What do 3 biggies have to show? What is going to be their contribution to world of cricket in future? Anybody's guess. Still time to redress the situation, otherwise it may be writing on the wall. Money alone cannot keep cricket alive and progressing.

  • POSTED BY on | February 26, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Great performance by the youngsters...... the final against Pakistan should be good, this has been the year of South Africa v Pakistan at all levels. I look forward to the day that we (South Africa) can tour Pakistan again in their country, it must be terrible for their supporters not to be able to have any home tests.

    Huge respect for the quality of cricketers that come out of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Nice to have another aussie thrashing today. Although the oz team is ridicously poor, they lost 3 warm up games and to Afghanistan in the tournament proper. Things not looking too good down under.

    Listen to these words: Rabada will be an international bowler within the next 3 years. Beautiful natural rhythmic action, huge pace with some swing. Look after this young man well cricket SA

  • POSTED BY zarasochozarasamjho on | February 26, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Lesson for the "Big 3". Money does not make you better. It is skills, temparent, and hard work. Too much money eats into these attributes - bit by bit. The FUTURE does not look very rosy for you. Democracy shall come to ICC - soon Inshallah, for the good of crickets and its fans worldwide.