Under-19 World Cup 2012

South Africa bowlers sink Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 15, 2012

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South Africa captain Chad Bowes puts in an acrobatic fielding effort, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Group D, ICC Under-19 World Cup 2012, Brisbane, August 15, 2012
South Africa put in a sprightly performance to top Group D © ICC/Getty

South Africa's bowlers, led by Corné Dry, put in a commanding performance to skittle Sri Lanka out for 150 and set up a comfortable win for their side in their Group D encounter at the Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane. South Africa suffered a few jitters in their chase before they overhauled the target in 33 overs.

South Africa captain Chad Bowes won the toss and elected to field and the decision paid immediate dividends as Dry struck with the first ball of the game to dismiss Sebastian Perera. Sri Lanka struggled to recover from the disastrous start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. At 98 for 9, they looked in danger of being bowled out for less than 100. However a dogged last-wicket partnership of 52 between No. 9 Pulina Tharanga and No. 11 Amila Aponso helped take the score to 150 before Aponso was dismissed in the 38th over. Tharanga remained unbeaten on 50, the only Sri Lankan batsman to touch 50, in what was a dismal batting effort from them.

South Africa's chase started shakily as they lost Quinton de Kock and Shaylin Pillay to slip to 21 for 2. However, an 80-run stand for the third wicket between Chad Bowes - who top-scored with 46 - and Theunis de Bruyn (42) steadied the innings. Offspinner Tharindu Kaushal then struck as South Africa lost three quick wickets to stutter to 126 for 5 before Murray Coetzee (19 not out) held his nerve to carry his team home.

South Africa topped their group with three wins out of three to set up a quarter-final match with either Australia or England. Ray Jennings, South Africa coach, said that he was happy with the performance of the team. "The game against Sri Lanka was quite tough from our point of view but the guys have played some really good cricket. We've seen some really classy cricket of international standard. Moving into the next round of matches we're probably looking at England and Australia and it will be a good test to play quality non-sub-continent sides moving forward," he said.

A dramatic collapse from Scotland meant they succumbed to a 10-run defeat to Afghanistan in Buderim, and finished bottom of Group B with three losses in three games. Chasing 192, Scotland looked to be cruising at 120 for 2 in the 32nd over. Twelve overs, seven wickets and 38 runs later, Afghanistan were in charge.

Even after the slide had begun though, Scotland still looked favourites. They began the final ten overs of the chase needing just 43, with five wickets in hand. But Afghanistan struck four times in four overs from then on, squashing all lingering Scottish hope. At the start of the 49th, Scotland, nine down, needed 13 off 12. Medium pacer Yamin Ahmadzai responded by bowling five dot balls to No. 11 Gavin Main. The match eventually ended with four balls remaining, Main run out - the fourth such dismissal of the innings - by wicketkeeper Afsar Khan. While the Afghanistan bowlers and fielders shared the spoils, the only contribution of note with the bat for Scotland was from opener Ross McLean, who made 67.

The Afghanistan innings followed a similar path to Scotland's in that the major contribution came from the top of the order: opener Javed Ahmadi top scored with 71. The line-up struggled to get partnerships going, with only three pairs touching 30 - the biggest stand of the innings was 39, for the ninth wicket. Most of the damage was inflicted by new-ball bowler Ruaidhri Smith and fast bowler Main, with both taking four apiece. However, Afghanistan's batsmen managed to do just enough to set up the win.

Graeme McCarter and George Dockrell celebrate a wicket, Ireland v Nepal, ICC Under-19 World Cup, Group A, Townsville, August 15, 2012
George Dockrell (right) spun out Nepal's top order © ICC/Getty

Ireland gained some consolation following their early elimination from the tournament with a slogging victory over Nepal in the group match at Endeavour Park in Townsville.

The Irish captain George Dockrell, soon to play an equally pivotal role for the senior side in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, ensured the win by spinning out four Nepalese batsman to ensure they fell 14 runs short of Ireland's unspectacular 185 for 8. It allowed the Irish to return home with at least one win after defeats at the hands of England and the hosts Australia.

Ireland's innings never gained any great momentum, losing regular wickets throughout with the only partnership of note formed by Andy McBrine and Shane Getkate, who added 71 after the innings had wobbled to 35 for 3.

Rahul Vishvakarma's slow left-arm spin proved particularly difficult to attack, returning a parsimonious 2 for 31 from 10 overs, and Ireland were grateful for a late flurry from Tyrone Kane and Adam Coughlan to add 21 from the final 15 balls of the innings.

Nepal's reply followed a similar arc to Ireland's innings, the difference being that Dockrell's tweakers nipped out three of the first four wickets and no substantial partnerships developed. Nonetheless, the Nepalese crept close before Kane claimed the last man Saurav Khanal in the final over.

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Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

dont forget west indies won australia in the warm ups

Posted by Bruisers on (August 16, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

The QF lineup looks like: SA vs Eng, Aus vs Ban, Pak vs Ind, WI vs NZ..

Posted by Prema1948 on (August 16, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Due to the ignorance of J& pups of last 20 years one may find reckless batters have always been used as front-liners in every National Team who have always found it difficult to deliver when they get caught on lively pitches against quality bowlers. These incompetent persons are yet to learn the importance of employing the batters the class of Tendulkar, Attapatu, Samaraweera, Alistaire Cook, Trott, Amla, Karlis,… with total control over their stroke play, as front-liners, that can demoralize any quality bowling attack on any type of wicket (not only on flat wickets). The J &pups are totally responsible for all these poor quality batting of SLan National Teams because of their reluctance to absorb proven Schoolboys Cricketers into the National Teams.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

@EnglishCricket. Why don't you use your Indian name, instead of pretending to be someone else. India seems to never improve as well despite playing Cricket for so many decades. Just see how weak they are against the likes of SA, England and Australia. Better, you folks learn the basics, especially how to score runs on non-flat wickets.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 15, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

I don't get why weak teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka etc are getting so much attention because they never seem to improve and should remove themselves from at least Test cricket until they get their basics right. Just look at the likes of England, Australia and South Africa and see how dominant they are over those weak teams.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 22:29 GMT)

B A N G L A D E S H . . . . . . . . . <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 15, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

sri lankan fans should not worry about the loss. SA and NZ got kicked out in the 2006 U19 world cup and those teams had players like guptil, southee, kieswette, levi, parnel, elgar(who is yet to get a game). so you never know these current players can turn out to be superstars for sri lankan team. U19 world cups only their to find talent. the rest depends on temperement.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

@WorldWideCricket no worries mate :) & thanx :)

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Sri Lanka had always been a good friend of BD cricket but for these over-enthusiastic Hussains we are giving ourselves a bad name. Sri Lanka is a great team and we should humbly rejoice a victory over them, not make fun out of it.

Posted by LeftBrain on (August 15, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Strange, when India won a match, the news was on the top-front of the website, but when others win, it becomes an un-important news which deserves a second rate mention.........!!!!! Money talks!

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

@WorldWideCricket...Mate please READ my or any comments CAREFULLY I was speaking FACTS I didn't criticise the Sri Lankan team all I said is that there is a great chance for them to win the Plate Championship which is of course funnier than winning the World Championships. Besides these other teams criticise us so harshly so I think we're allowed to as long as reasonable logic is used. It looks to me you don't have much knowledge in Cricket.

Posted by Trigger123 on (August 15, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

@ WorldWideCricket thumbs up buddy ..

Posted by Desihungama on (August 15, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Australia and Pakistan are looking set to play Final unless they meet earlier. South Africa is not that far behind but I put my money on Pakistan to win it all. They have better all around team.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

@Zia Zahid...Well put my friend, that's exactly what I meant! At least you can understand what I was trying to say well done! Don't understand why someone was accusing me of things I didn't say I never said Sri Lanka had untalented players of course they do, all I said was that they're going to get knocked out and can at least win Plate Championships as consolation which Bangladesh have already done when they got knocked out many times.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

@sthilanka...Dude I have nothing against Sri Lanka or anything I think they're a great side but a lot of fans have written Bangladesh off so yeah really I was just responding to them. We may not be a strong side in the senior level but when it comes to UNDER-19, Bangladesh have a very good record especially against Sri Lanka UNDER-19 just check it out for yourself so you know what I'm talking about. Also I think everyone knows why Bangladesh didn't win a tournament because they're NEW to Cricket so please don't accuse me of anything without proof because I didn't criticise your players I just said that Sri Lanka are going out am I right? Exactly! :)

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (August 15, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi, and on be half all Bangladeshi cricket fan, I sincerely apologies to all Sri Lankan fans for the comments made by another Bangladeshi cricket fan (?) Ahmed Hussain. We bangladeshi fans have great respect for every cricketing nations, specially Sri lanka. I beg to all all Sri Lankan fans to accept my apologies. We should all have respect for others. Without showing respect, we cant have respect. Respect is earned. Thank you.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

So far Srilanka's performance is below par. You can't expect to win a tournament with the potential of current. SL U-19 team. By the way, what are your chances in current tournament, sthilanka? I don't think Hussain has discredited SL. He was just narrating the current prospect of SL I know it's difficult to accept reality some times, specially when it's your team. Take it easy, pal. Hussain was perhaps happy as SL prospect of Plate championship is very much a possibility and that's why perhaps he was laughing out loud.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

If one can have a ranking (not that I put too much faith in ranking) across all age-groups, South Africa & Australia seem to be the top contenders. Countries like India and England are becoming pretenders for the top spot -- one through scheduling magic and the other through imports. If Pakistan, have had enough international exposure (which they are deprived of, for no fault of the players; but only cruelty of circumstances) they also seem to have a continuous flow of talented boys streaming out, all the time, from what looks like 'no-where'. All others seem to be 'also-rans' !

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Sthilanka.Mahela,Sanga,Dilshan are old lions.Still they are working.But within 2 years they wont be working that well.That time all Bangladeshi young tigers will be even more matured.You just saw what BD did to Lankans in the asia cup.We will be touring Lanka next year watch out.We can beat you 3 out of 5 games even now

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

The new South African bowler Corne will "DRY" out runs & consequently wins for the opposing teams, it seems. Not trying to be corny; genuine appreciation of the fresh talent!

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 14:53 GMT)

agree with sachinkhairnar5983 ,trust me this reporter have some serious issues with SL , he love to use the " sink " word when every time SL get defeat lol , maybe some personal anger with lankans ;) well i can see a good fight by lankans 98 for 9, end up in 150 & getting more than a half of SA team out , that's not bad for a fight?

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (August 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

hopefully there were not too many english county scouts around to pinch our players.

Posted by yorkslanka on (August 15, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Congrats to SA on their ein and progression.@SL,what is going on?we are looking like the weakest team on the tournament and with respect to the smaller nations,that should not be the case...come on guys,you are representing our country,make us proud..

Posted by Sthilanka on (August 15, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Ahmed Hussain ; have your country ever won a icc tournament?winning u 19 is good.but you can't keep it up.by one asia cup can't decide everything.in all last icc tournaments sri lanka made it to the final or semi's.so learn to respect the talent.don't talk nonsense.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 15, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

How can SL loose? Per SL fans (check the comments by SL fans on any article on just concluded Ind-SL series), they are the best team on fast and bouncy pitches.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

Our cricket is strong as ever.. Our senior team is performing really well and the U-19 side is doing the same as well.. some might even get call ups in the near future.. Keep the impressive work up. PURE PROTEA

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Kudos to the Afghan side.They have shown a lot of promise, despite having little access to facilities etc. I hope the ICC supports them financially and arranges more matches for the team. All the best. From an Indian fan :)

Posted by Caje77 on (August 15, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

Half of u-19 srilankan players are playing in slpl.Bad mismanagment by slc

Posted by Pablo123 on (August 15, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

Well done SA - nice to see a new crop of hard chargers coming through.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

I was following all the games on cricinfo in the second innings of the respective games. Sri lanka lose but they keep South Africa on there feet, if sri lanka had another 30-35 runs we would we have seen another choke by South Africans, In second game i supported Nepal, but nepal lose by 10 runs, the captain and Top order of Nepal was responsible for this loss, baskota only score 20 runs in 60 balls, that made nepal toil hard in last, but Rahul Vishwakarma nad the tail enders batted well and offcourse the last result was on my side atleast one neighbour country win Afganistan bowlers rock, scottish players surrender to afghans. Congratulations to Afghan Cricket team and Hard luck for Nepal and Sri lanka. Good wishes for future.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Well Done Bangladesh! even beating Namibia by 1 run or 1 wicket or last ball will knock out Sri Lanka congratulations. You should be proud of yourselves as you set out your mission but who knows from there. As for Sri Lanka, there's always the Plate Championships lool!!!!

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