South Africa v Bangladesh, 3rd Youth ODI, Pietermaritzburg July 10, 2015

Smith 89 helps South Africa U-19 to easy win

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South Africa Under-19s 166-3 (Smith 89) beat Bangladesh Under-19s 165 (Foxcroft 3-31) by seven wickets
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South Africa Under-19s registered an easy seven-wicket win - their first victory of the series - against Bangladesh in the third ODI in Pietermaritzburg on the back of a solid 89 from Liam Smith.

After being put in to bat, Bangladesh started slowly before Said Hassan was run-out in the fourth over. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals as Bangladesh quickly collapsed to 66 for 5 in the 23rd over. However, a 42-run sixth-wicket stand between Zakir Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin(25) consolidated for Bangladesh. Another clump of wickets fell following Hasan's dismissal and Bangladesh slumped to 123 for 9 before Mosabbek Hossain's 29 took them to 165. Offspinner Dean Foxcroft picked up 3 for 31, while pacers Wiaan Mulder and Conor McKerr took two wickets each.

Chasing a modest total, South Africa lost Rivaldo Moonsamy in the second over. Foxcroft and Smith resurrected the innings with a solid 58-run stand which was again followed by two wickets in quick succession. However, Mulder (39) and 18-year-old Smith added an unbeaten 93 to complete a convincing win with 73 balls to spare. Smith struck 13 fours and a six and was named Player of the Match.

"It's a bit of a relief really to finally get a win," Smith said. "We've been working really hard building up to this series and I think we were all disappointed with ourselves for not being able to execute our game plans the way we wanted. This is exactly what we needed going forward with four games still to go."

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