Friday 29 February 2008 

South Africa Beat Pakistan To Set Up India Final

South Africa U-19 260-8 (Smuts 58, Rossouw 53, Vandiar 50) v
Pakistan U-19 86-2 after 18.5 overs in Malaysia


Half-centuries from South Africans JJ Smuts, Rilee Rossouw, and Jonathan Vandiar helped South Africa post a healthy 260 for eight, which was enough for victory in their ICC Under-19 World Cup sem-final against Pakistan in Malaysia.

Rain then came down with Pakistan on 86 for two, meaning the two teams will returned today (Saturday) to complete the match, when Pakistan were bowled out for 153 in pursuit of Duckworth/Lewis target of 251 to win.

With the winners set to play India on Sunday, Pakistan started well by removing opener and captain Pieter Malan for 15 before Smuts (58), Rossouw (53) and Vandiar (50) rose to the occasion as the young Proteas raced to 173 for four in the 38th over.

They then had some late blows from Reeza Hendricks (27 not out) to thank for their eventual score after Pakistan, for whom skipper Imad Wasim excelled with three for 44, had fought back.

Only Ahmad Shahzad, with 60, got going for Pakistan as South Africa turned in a fine bowling performance as Yaseen Vallie took four for 25. Pakistan were well short of their target leaving South Africa to play India in Sunday's final.

Today's other play-off game saw Ireland comfortably beat Bermuda by 69 runs.

Ireland posted 236 for seven after James Hall hit 75 and Paul Stirling 59 scored half-centuries.

Bermudan captain Rodney Trott scored 53, but with no support, he saw his side bowled out for just 167.



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