Pakistan v South Africa, U-19 World Cup final, Dubai March 1, 2014

SA breeze to maiden World Cup title

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South Africa Under-19s 134 for 4 (Markram 66*, Oldfield 40) beat Pakistan Under-19s 131 (Butt 37*, Bosch 4-15, Valli 2-19) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa finally broke their Under-19 World Cup jinx by beating crowd favourites Pakistan by six wickets in a predominantly one-sided final in Dubai. It had been a bowler's tournament all the way through and the final lived up to that billing as South Africa's seamers, led by Corbin Bosch, bundled out Pakistan for a paltry 131.

South Africa were made to concentrate in their chase and it was their captain Aiden Markram who soaked up the pressure with an unbeaten fifty to steer his team home.

It was fitting that the team that remained unbeaten went on to lift the title, thereby shedding the infamous 'chokers' tag associated with their seniors. This was South Africa's third appearance in the final of the U-19 World Cup and first since 2008. This was also the second ICC tournament title for the South Africans, including their ICC knockout title in Dhaka in 1998.

Captains have been inclined towards batting first in Dubai. But when Markram lost the toss, it wasn't the worst thing for his team. Kagiso Rabada was expected to be the main threat with his pace and bounce, but while he succeeded in asserting control, it was the medium-pace duo of Bosch and Justin Dill who ran through the top and middle order, nipping out more than half the side.

The Pakistan batsmen kept the wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin and the slips busy, pushing and poking at deliveries they would rather have left alone. To South Africa's credit, the bowling was disciplined and the ploy of making the batsmen play had paid off.

Imam-ul-Haq and Sami Aslam were cautious but looked relatively comfortable in the first eight overs, aware that they needed to set themselves up for the long haul. But Imam pushed at one outside off off Rabada and edged to the keeper Fortuin who took the first of his six catches.

Dill struck in his first over, getting Aslam to edge to Fortuin. Bosch, very similar to Dill in terms of pace, dented Pakistan further with two wickets in an over. Saud Shakeel chased a wide ball and edged to slip, before Kamran Ghulam pushed at one that moved away, edging to Fortuin. The second wicket was a credit to Bosch for his probing line.

Hasan Raza punched Dill past mid-off and cover for a boundary but the bowler struck again the next ball when Raza nicked a short of a length ball to Fortuin. Bosch picked up another when Saifullah Khan half-heartedly pushed at one and edged to Fortuin, leaving Pakistan limping at 60 for 6. Dill and Bosch bowled 14 overs in tandem in a spell, conceded 26 runs and picked up five wickets.

It was down to the firm of Zafar Gohar and Amad Butt to bail Pakistan out of trouble again, after they did so successfully against England in the semi-final. Gohar wasn't afraid to go over the top off the seamers, as Pakistan looked to make the most of the batting Powerplay. Sigwili broke the stand of 45 before Bosch rounded off the innings with an inswinging yorker to Zia-ul-Haq.

The Pakistan bowlers managed to keep the top order under check for the first 12 overs at least, when they picked up two wickets. The seamers didn't give much in terms of width and bowled shorter lengths. Clyde Fortuin saw a short ball and looked to pull but the ball stopped on him and lobbed to short cover.

South Africa gambled by dropping a batsman, Kirwin Christoffels, for an extra seamer and as a result Jason Smith got a promotion. He didn't look comfortable against spin and came forward to the legspinner Karamat Ali, but failed to read the googly.

Pakistan captain Sami Aslam packed eight men inside the ring, including a slip and s short leg for the left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar. Gohar kept it tight, bowling a stump to stump line. Markram broke a boundary drought that lasted 57 balls when he drove Karamat down to long-on and the following over, Oldfield cut Gohar wide of backward point.

Following those boundaries, South Africa built slowly but steadily. However, there were easy singles on offer with the fielder standing on the edge of the 30 yard circle and there were gaps on the on side too. Pakistan had a half-chance of sending back Markram on 29 when he lofted one to deep cover, but the fielder wasn't quick enough to get to it. The ball dropped short and rolled to the rope.

As the required runs dropped below fifty, a few Pakistan spectators made their way out. With 33 needed, Oldfield looked to cut Karamat but edged to the keeper and soon after, Yaseen Valli misjudged the line and shouldered arms to Zia-ul-Haq. The celebrations weren't very animated because it was Markram's wicket they needed. He brought up his fifty with an exquisite cover drive and ensured he finished the job. Bradley Dial hit the winning runs with a punched boundary down the ground.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • chowdhury9 on March 2, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Pushing & prodding outside the off stump would rather be left alone is Pakistan's perennial problem. Seniors in Test & other international forms fall prey in similar fashion. Too many aerial shots & edgy fielding are causes of many Pakistan's downfalls.

    What Pakistan needs is technically correct batsmen with hunger for runs & disciplined bowling without experimenting too much & of course guys in prime physical condition with correct fielding techniques..

    Sincerely Shafi

  • on March 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    what a shame to come that close in grand final and lose. it feel like becoming joker from hero.... sa rocks and pakistan flops...

  • by_the_numbers on March 2, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Firstly well done SA. You batted very intelligently against a team whose bowlers were excellent. There was no panic, (choking). The game was closer than the score indicated. I must admit at one stage I was worried because the South African tail could have collapsed very easily. To the Pakistani fans, thank you for your sportsmanship and I am glad you have praised your team who played well in the tournament. I think the outbursts by Asian fans, probably children, who berate their teams and selectors after every loss and suggest wholesale changes after a loss, put unnecessary pressure on the teams and force their captains to be excessively conservative. After SA lost in the last WC for the umpteenth time when favored, 3000 fans turned out to welcome them home, not to berate them. Imran Tahir was afraid to get off the plane when he heard how many fans were waiting. As pointed out by an earlier post, Pakistan is a talent factory but the infrastructure is the problem.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 2, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    @ LionsofLanka: I've respect for Sri Lankan fans on this forum & from your screen name it likely your Sri Lankan supporter & you are asking for it. Did you remember who Pakistan beat in finals of T20 WC of 2009? That's right it was Sri Lanka. You have won a close game but if Pak meet Sri lanks in Asia cup final than brace yourself for a crushing defeat. No team can beat Pakistan in the same tournament twice. Ciao.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 2, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    @Karthik78: If it is luck then let me tell you luck favors the brave & courageous only, which aren't the attributes of team india U19 who were already kicked out of the tournament. Now tomorrow your regular team will be kicked out of Asia cup. Ciao

  • Usman_Jilani on March 2, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Many congrats to all the South Africans, and they completely outplayed us! They put pressure on us really early on in the game. Well deserved World Champions. Some serious talent is coming through from both of these two teams. Well done South Africa!

  • CricketFever11 on March 2, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    @vish2020: Actually waht is happening is than India lose everyday. Lol.

  • rezauk on March 1, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Firstly congratulatios to SA who certainly were the most consistent team throughout the tournament. Their excellent bowling won them the match initially. From a Pakistani perspective they appreciated the quality of the quicky and were hapy to bide their time. Not too bad a start but the reluctance to get forward another 3-4 inches in the popping crease cost them dear. Too negative and no attempt to force the bowlers to change their length and line. We have seen many times at test level that if you let bowlers settle they will and get you out also On the plus side this team knows how to run the 1st quickly (take note seniors) and the fielding does seem to be on the up.

    Overall SA are a professional unit and it was fairly obvious that all the bowlers knew exactly where they were supposet to bowl. Their batting was a mixture of attack and defence which is the way to play the game.My overall concern for Pakistan is will they ever become mentally tough enough to suceed consistently

  • Fijicricket on March 1, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    If India is eliminated, that does NOT mean Pakistan has won the World Cup!Fans of Pakistan were so happy when India was eliminated and taking it for granted that it means Pakistan win. While it shows the fear of India in Pakistanis. Yet another lesson!

  • wayno1971 on March 1, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Congratulations to South Africa, what a farce that the whole tournament was watched by a handful of spectators and the final looked like there more ground staff there instead of supporters, should be last time anything major is taken to Dubai, what a joke, i'm sure the boys would rather play on a suburban ground somewhere with a thousand people watching than a multi million dollar stadium in the middle of no where that is virtually empty, shame on you ICC

  • chowdhury9 on March 2, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    Pushing & prodding outside the off stump would rather be left alone is Pakistan's perennial problem. Seniors in Test & other international forms fall prey in similar fashion. Too many aerial shots & edgy fielding are causes of many Pakistan's downfalls.

    What Pakistan needs is technically correct batsmen with hunger for runs & disciplined bowling without experimenting too much & of course guys in prime physical condition with correct fielding techniques..

    Sincerely Shafi

  • on March 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    what a shame to come that close in grand final and lose. it feel like becoming joker from hero.... sa rocks and pakistan flops...

  • by_the_numbers on March 2, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Firstly well done SA. You batted very intelligently against a team whose bowlers were excellent. There was no panic, (choking). The game was closer than the score indicated. I must admit at one stage I was worried because the South African tail could have collapsed very easily. To the Pakistani fans, thank you for your sportsmanship and I am glad you have praised your team who played well in the tournament. I think the outbursts by Asian fans, probably children, who berate their teams and selectors after every loss and suggest wholesale changes after a loss, put unnecessary pressure on the teams and force their captains to be excessively conservative. After SA lost in the last WC for the umpteenth time when favored, 3000 fans turned out to welcome them home, not to berate them. Imran Tahir was afraid to get off the plane when he heard how many fans were waiting. As pointed out by an earlier post, Pakistan is a talent factory but the infrastructure is the problem.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 2, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    @ LionsofLanka: I've respect for Sri Lankan fans on this forum & from your screen name it likely your Sri Lankan supporter & you are asking for it. Did you remember who Pakistan beat in finals of T20 WC of 2009? That's right it was Sri Lanka. You have won a close game but if Pak meet Sri lanks in Asia cup final than brace yourself for a crushing defeat. No team can beat Pakistan in the same tournament twice. Ciao.

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 2, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    @Karthik78: If it is luck then let me tell you luck favors the brave & courageous only, which aren't the attributes of team india U19 who were already kicked out of the tournament. Now tomorrow your regular team will be kicked out of Asia cup. Ciao

  • Usman_Jilani on March 2, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Many congrats to all the South Africans, and they completely outplayed us! They put pressure on us really early on in the game. Well deserved World Champions. Some serious talent is coming through from both of these two teams. Well done South Africa!

  • CricketFever11 on March 2, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    @vish2020: Actually waht is happening is than India lose everyday. Lol.

  • rezauk on March 1, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Firstly congratulatios to SA who certainly were the most consistent team throughout the tournament. Their excellent bowling won them the match initially. From a Pakistani perspective they appreciated the quality of the quicky and were hapy to bide their time. Not too bad a start but the reluctance to get forward another 3-4 inches in the popping crease cost them dear. Too negative and no attempt to force the bowlers to change their length and line. We have seen many times at test level that if you let bowlers settle they will and get you out also On the plus side this team knows how to run the 1st quickly (take note seniors) and the fielding does seem to be on the up.

    Overall SA are a professional unit and it was fairly obvious that all the bowlers knew exactly where they were supposet to bowl. Their batting was a mixture of attack and defence which is the way to play the game.My overall concern for Pakistan is will they ever become mentally tough enough to suceed consistently

  • Fijicricket on March 1, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    If India is eliminated, that does NOT mean Pakistan has won the World Cup!Fans of Pakistan were so happy when India was eliminated and taking it for granted that it means Pakistan win. While it shows the fear of India in Pakistanis. Yet another lesson!

  • wayno1971 on March 1, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    Congratulations to South Africa, what a farce that the whole tournament was watched by a handful of spectators and the final looked like there more ground staff there instead of supporters, should be last time anything major is taken to Dubai, what a joke, i'm sure the boys would rather play on a suburban ground somewhere with a thousand people watching than a multi million dollar stadium in the middle of no where that is virtually empty, shame on you ICC

  • Diamond2017 on March 1, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    Awww so pakistan could not win world cup on their home ground flat dead pitch. So sad...at least they were beaten by India awww hard luck!

  • on March 1, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Great team. Great potential. South Africa's cricketing future appears to be in very capable hands. It won't be long before we are applauding many of these young guys on the international landscape. Loved it.

  • S_M_G on March 1, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Pakistan made same mistake as India. They should have bowled. Pakistan has good bowling attack.

  • Rahul17_1983 on March 1, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    So this is how Pakistan win and call champions.India were just unlucky

  • vish2020 on March 1, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Pak were having fun at India for losing, well i enjoyed very much watching this game! Good job SA! All asian country fans should our teams when we play non asian countries but pak, SL and bangla fans hate india so now my preference is 1.India 2.West Indies 3.NZ 4. Eng 5. Aus as my favorite teams to like! rest can lose everyday!!

  • fair_paly_1 on March 1, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    I find it laughable how some non-Pakistanis are bashing Pak team on their defeat after getting a hiding on their own team's early exit. Sore losers!

  • Karthik78 on March 1, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    If Pak is already played SA in QF, they would have already gone out also they are already beaten by India too. So it is luck they made to Final. They can't even win Asia cup. So Pak can't get better place than this.

  • LionsofLanka on March 1, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    What an Anti climax at Dubai in w/c U19 finale. It's a shame that whenever Pak team reached in final, they were thrashed by opponents weather it is Sr or Jr team . A lot of people will talk about 1992 but it was sheer fluke. In 1999 w/c against Oz crushed them & win in just about 20 overs. It shows that the sudden death system (Q/F) allows undeserved team to advance & today it was proved. The best team were SA (undisputed truly champion), England, Sri Lanka & last one would be India. Even Afghanistan team is better than Pak. Congrats to SA who clinically showed how to demonstrate final.

    @ Siriwardene

    Please stop hatred of a particular nation or their players. There was nothing wrong about Ganguly's statement. You totally misunderstood his views about future stars. World has seen many stars in this w/c & that is the success of this tournament.

  • kc69 on March 1, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Well done SA, but a bit disappointed the way Pakistan lost this.However this tournament gives a preview on how future of cricketing nations stand,especially loved the way Afganistan had played.CONGRATS TO SA ONCE AGAIN.Even senior SA team deserves a WC.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Non of pakistani batsmen scored against 3 big teams they faced so how could they deserve to lift this trophy. Batting deserted Pakistan like always it does.

  • on March 1, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    As per Mr.Ganguly,their future stars were already spotted.they were knocked down in Quarters.watching Star Sports channel,I observed that INDIA try to show they are the No 01.That no 01 is already gone.I really appreciate the way PAK and SA boys played. Congrats SA for their maiden win in U19 WC.as well as the performance of PAK.

  • on March 1, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Congrats to South Africa. The juniors have shown the seniors how to do it!

  • on March 1, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    if pakistan would b able to take kohli,s wicket cheaply they ,ll win .if india could take the wicket of misbah cheaply they ,ll win it,s a macth btween Misbah and Kohli.because if kohli gets out cheaply indian middle order colapse same is the case with pakistan without misbah they will not b able to reach 200. best of luck MISBAH and kohli.

  • on March 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    Champions Trophy (ICC k/o 1998); down, No1 Test Status; down, being no.1 in all 3 formats; down, U19 wc 2014; Down, WC T20 2014; to go and WC 2015; to go. ITS TIME 4 AFRICA

  • RapidCommentsPlz on March 1, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Extremely dissapointed Pak cud nt win. If there is one team which cud defend a total as low as 120 it is only PAK.History knows it.

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on March 1, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Welldone S.A for your maiden world cup win, Pak boys you also shown tremendious courage with ball as usual. @Karthik78, first try to reach final. Respect from Pak to S.A.

  • on March 1, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    both teams in the final in any series should be appreciated as they have beaten all the rest to be in that final and thats what both captains did.as far as Indian fans here(some of them ) are here showing nothing but their frustration and anger towards their own team Which is quite embarasing.nevertheles congrats SA. and very well done PAK.

  • kapsitash on March 1, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    @-tanZeeEeel- India eventually won that World Cup.We beat u their and beat u in this World cup too.It doesn't matter who plays in the final or semis or quarters but history keeps the name of champions only in its glory book.Congrats SA.Finally U have grown up.

  • ABLcric on March 1, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Young Pakistan team needed a baby-Misbah after their successful openers were out. Congrats SA. For Pakistan, they have probably found their future senior team openers!

  • cricketlover4ever on March 1, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Well done SA. Showed guts and maturity. PK boys you should be proud of yourself too for being in the finals 6th time. I wished PK boys would have won but still happy they fought till end and lost with pride with such a low total to defend.

  • fair_paly_1 on March 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Good to see both captains commending the other team's effort even though it wasn't necessary for the winning captain. This is sportsmanship that Kohli should learn after losing.

  • -tanZeeEeel- on March 1, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    @ all indians who are bashing here: Pakistan are not lucky to reach here in the final. For ur kind info ... lucky were you in the last U-19 world cup final, where you posted just 150's total ... against the South Africans and rain washed that match. D/L helped you wining the worldcup. buT here no rain and Pakistan fought till the end. And the total ... which iz chase-able, within 30 overs quite easily ... gone beyound 42 plus overs. And we are happy for South Africans; for maiden World Cup Win. enjoY ! LoVE frm PAkiStAN.

  • rsnCricketCrazy on March 1, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Congrats to young SA on winning their maiden ICC Trophy.Finally shedding the C-tag. Bravo... well done guys. Hopefully this continues with their seniors too.:)

  • Karthik78 on March 1, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    SA finally get rid of C tag. Now it is with Pak. SA could not transfer to any team except Pak. Inshallah, save Pak from the C tag.

  • babarzia on March 1, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Congratulations SA - Deserving Winners

    The SA team is very popular in Pakistan because of their attitude and sportsman spirit. We are disappointed to loose, but happy that the other boys in green won.

  • rahsun on March 1, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Congrats southafrica youth team. You thoroughly deserve it. Rabida is new Steyn in the making. I hope he is handled well. We need more Steyn n Johnson's to make the game of cricket exciting to watch.

  • on March 1, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    well done SA their bowlers won the match and chase was nice also

    Pakistan bowling was best too but shamefull batting full credit to Sa team

  • Greatest_Game on March 1, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @ Zahidsaltin is of the opinion that is is a "Disgrace that only time U19 news got a place among main section was when England played matches. The site even doesn't care even it is about the final and SA lifting the trophy."

    Well said sir. I too observed the same, sickening pattern. Ir seems that new on cricinfo if what happens to England & India. When SA beat Aus in the semis it was not even mentioned on cricinfo's global news page.

  • on March 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    So proud of these guys. Definitely not chokers! Commiserations to Pakistan, your team did very well and you can hold your heads high. I am just so happy, that finally SA can say that we have won some kind of World Cup! This young teams positive approach, discipline and skill bodes well for the future.

  • on March 1, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Congrats SA, well done to restrict pakistan, well...138 just not enough..hopefully this will lead to many more cups for SA!!..

  • on March 1, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Well played South Africa and best of luck for the future to all you stars.And it might be the start of something great as now the curse on SA has lifted.It might win the 2015 world cup.From Pakistan now teams will fear SA in the world cups

  • on March 1, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    It sad that people are saying Pakistan didnt deserve to be in the... played better cricket so they are here.,.., & eventually a much deserving side won it..., but the truth is India never deserved to be in the finals bcz of their disgusting attitude towards the game... specially players like zol&Samson. ..they made us feel shameful

  • Dilbar786 on March 1, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team,you made us proud.thank you

  • pull_shot on March 1, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    @ wapuser Don't go far away India won last u19 wc in Australia under seaming conditions, they won semi's and final VS nz,aus respectively

  • on March 1, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    well done pakistan ! Qualifying for final and match as finalist against SA is nothing less than a big achievement. Well done.

  • cheguramana on March 1, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Kudos to the Saffer Colts ! Plenty of young talent coming thru - shows SA cud be on top of world cricket for a long time ! As for Pakistan, it was a good effort to reach the finals on their 'home ground'. But the final score reminds one of WC 1999 finals - brilliant performances all the way till the finals- but just 139 batting first !

  • on March 1, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    @Sudhir: Sorry to say that Indians are home lions only. Pakistan overseas records is much better than India.

  • proteasfire on March 1, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Congrats South Africa U19 team. A terrific win. Kudos to the way Markram led the team from the front and what a captaincy! Definitely can see Hansie Cronje's style. Calm and composed and great temperament for that age. Although this is U-19 definitely a big relief for shedding the chokers tag. Thorough clinical performance. Lot of future stars found out. Aiden Markram and Kagiso Rabada on top! Yaseen Valli , Bosch all definitely added great balance to the team. Overall a splendid team performance. Congrats young Proteas. You all made the fans proud!! #celebration time

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Disgrace that only time U19 news got a place among main section was when England played matches. The site even doesn't care even it is about the final and SA lifting the trophy.

  • _IndiaRocks on March 1, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Congrats South Africa for winning maiden U-19 World Cup. Totally dominating performance beating Pakistan convincingly. Easy Win.

  • on March 1, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Waka waka this time for Africa!!!!!! Although it's u-19, BEST OF LUCK for future...

  • Sudhir65 on March 1, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    As an Indian fan I am surprised that Pak batsmen seemed out of place on a flat pitch. Hopefully Pakistanis will now stop accusing India of being flat tract bullies. At least India is good at some pitches.

  • bul98 on March 1, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Congrats SA, and well down PAK boys to be in finals again. Better luck next time and they will WIN next WC! 6 finals appearnce by PAK team, now that is some talent!

  • mrcricket300 on March 1, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Congrats SA.

    But this is not a major tournament. They still haven't won a big one, which is the senior world cup or T20 world cup.

  • ProdigyA on March 1, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Expected resulted but did not expect to be so one sided, perhaps a better team would have fought better.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Excellent win for SA, after India out due to bad captaincy, was rooting for SA for it to win it. Pak got lucky to reach here all in all good new for SA, hope this is start of a new era for them in cricket!

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    sa has taught their senior team how to win the world cup and pak played well but does not have the killer instinct to claim the title for the third time. some introspection for them

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Congrats South Africa and well played there Captain Markram, surely one for the national team in the near future.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa !!!!!!!!

  • Sudhir65 on March 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    I had said earlier that the semi final clash between SA and Aus was the virtual final. SA pacers just too good for Pak batsmen. Pak was lucky to beat Eng in semis after Eng self-destructed.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Pakistan played 3 competitive teams, India, England and South Africa, and Sami Aslam, Imam and Kamran non of them played any good innings. Good that it opens those peoples eyes who were asking for Sami Aslam's promotion to the national team. These kids can only score against minnows on batting tracks. long way to go for all three of them. Only bright kid, i could see there, was Karamat Ali.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    well played SA and well played Pakistan to get into the final....at least they were good enough to get into the final. india were not good enough to reach the final.:-)

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on March 1, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Wao ....wao. What a beauty ,Finally a biggest title for SA ...( u-19 ) ... Congratulations to the whole nation of " RSA "and supporters of SA 'cricket ......I salute them......Good luck !

  • Saadcricketlover on March 1, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    So Pakistan comes all this way just to lose shamelessly in the final. It wan't african bowlers it were our batsman and middle order that hasn't contributed all the tournament except for the openers and now they started gifting wickets. SHAMELESS! You guys didn't deserve it Pakistan. just rely on 1 or2 players doesn't win matches. If Amaad Butt the tail ender scored 37 why couldn't the top order score at least 30s or 40s.

  • rizwankamal on March 1, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Congrates South Africa under 19s and well played. Pakistan played well throughout the tournament and deserve the place in the final. Big match pressure has overcome their performance in the final. It is a brilliant learning curve for the youngsters.

  • Sudhir65 on March 1, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Before the start of the tournament, the SA coach Ray Jennings had said he expects to and wants to play India in final. He knew he had a very good side. With India as opponent this would have been an exciting and close match.

  • jb633 on March 1, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    The best side in the tournament won in the end. Top cricket and very well done to SA

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Well played pakistan ... In the end it was ur day , congrats proteas for ur 1st WC win ...

  • DD_f0rever on March 1, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Congrats SA for winning the first ever World Cup. In one sense, the JINX has been broken. :) Bravo, you Juniors !

    I expect SA seniors to win the WC too next year :)

    - Indian Fan.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    well played SA. they really bowled well today. hostory for them.

    well played pakistan. but simply not good enough today. reaching to final has been an acheivement.

    3rd time they lost final so a heartbreak for them.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    well played by SA. they bowled really well and batted with calmness.

    well played pak as well but were simply not good enough today. any way reaching to final is an acheivement.

  • _IndiaRocks on March 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Congrats SA for winning U19 WorldCup. Finally SA won its first Big Tournament by beating Pakistan. Easy WIN.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Is this the breaking of the shackles for the proteas. .. finally they will have a world cup..& a well deserved one..... can they go and win the world t20& wc15

  • Unomaas on March 1, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Biting my nails this whole innings. Didn't even bother watching Aus vs. SA ... was so nervous for the SAF boys. We are gonna win a world cup...FINALLY!!!!!

  • on March 1, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Very Sad.. Pak should win it..

  • on March 1, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Very disappointing 131 all out in 44.3 overs. Poor management who did not understand how good SA were bowling to left hand batsmen at both ends, they kept sending left hand after one dismissal and the other. This Pakistan combination made SA bowlers task easier and they bowled at a teasing length where top order batsmen got out, nicking to the keeper or in the slips. In future a combination left and right hand must be kept in mind to avoid such a poor performance which allowed bowlers to settle and do the damage. Well bowled SA.

  • on March 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    cong to sa, very happy with reault

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  • on March 1, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    cong to sa, very happy with reault

  • on March 1, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Very disappointing 131 all out in 44.3 overs. Poor management who did not understand how good SA were bowling to left hand batsmen at both ends, they kept sending left hand after one dismissal and the other. This Pakistan combination made SA bowlers task easier and they bowled at a teasing length where top order batsmen got out, nicking to the keeper or in the slips. In future a combination left and right hand must be kept in mind to avoid such a poor performance which allowed bowlers to settle and do the damage. Well bowled SA.

  • on March 1, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    Very Sad.. Pak should win it..

  • Unomaas on March 1, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Biting my nails this whole innings. Didn't even bother watching Aus vs. SA ... was so nervous for the SAF boys. We are gonna win a world cup...FINALLY!!!!!

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Is this the breaking of the shackles for the proteas. .. finally they will have a world cup..& a well deserved one..... can they go and win the world t20& wc15

  • _IndiaRocks on March 1, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Congrats SA for winning U19 WorldCup. Finally SA won its first Big Tournament by beating Pakistan. Easy WIN.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    well played by SA. they bowled really well and batted with calmness.

    well played pak as well but were simply not good enough today. any way reaching to final is an acheivement.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    well played SA. they really bowled well today. hostory for them.

    well played pakistan. but simply not good enough today. reaching to final has been an acheivement.

    3rd time they lost final so a heartbreak for them.

  • DD_f0rever on March 1, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    Congrats SA for winning the first ever World Cup. In one sense, the JINX has been broken. :) Bravo, you Juniors !

    I expect SA seniors to win the WC too next year :)

    - Indian Fan.

  • on March 1, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Well played pakistan ... In the end it was ur day , congrats proteas for ur 1st WC win ...