South Africa are out of the Under 19 Cricket World Cup. They were beaten by Pakistan by three wickets in the quarter-finals this morning.
Pakistan won the toss and sent the Baby Proteas in to bat. It was a good decision, with the openers out, courtesy of left arm pace bowler Shaheen Afridi insIde ten overs.
When speedster Muhammed Musa struck twice soon after, South Africa were in trouble on 43 for 4, just 15 overs into the innings.
Then wicket-keeper Wandile Makwetu came in and scoreD a solid half century, with some support from the lower order.
But the back of the innnings was crucially slow, with a couple of run outs keeping them short of the 200 they probably needed. They finished on 189 for 9.
That meant the wobble the Pakistan top order displayed didn’t turn into panic, because the run rate never got out of hand.
At one stage Pakistan were 111 for 5, but it was still only wickets that would get South Africa through.
After that Ali Zaryab and Saad Khan kept the score ticking with singles and doubles.
They shared a sixth-wicket stand of 65 before Saad was out.
South Africa did make a go of it at the end, taking Pakistan’s 6th and 7th wickets quickly, but Zaryab’s unbeaten 74 knock took them home.
The match actually ended when Kgaudisa Molefe bowled two wides.
The young Proteas will stay in New Zealand to challenge for 5th place against the other beaten quarter-finalists.