South Africa Claim First U19 World Cup Title

South Africa Claim First U19 World Cup Title
South Africa celebrate their ICC Under-19 World Cup success in Dubai
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South Africa 134-4 (Markrem 66no) beat
Pakistan 131 (Bosch 4-15) by six wickets
ICC Under-19 World Cup final, Dubai

South Africa won a low-scoring final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup against Pakistan by six wickets to win the title for the first time.

It was third time lucky for them as their two previous final appearances, in 2002 and 2008, saw them come up short against Australia and India respectively.

This was Pakistan's fifth final, and their third defeat after losing in 1988 and 2010.

Pakistan were bowled out for 131 in 44.3 overs as Corbin Bosch took four for 15 and it took South Africa 42.1 overs to reach their target.

Aiden Markram struck an unbeaten 66 at the top of the order and Greg Oldfield made 40.

Much of Pakistan's success in the tournament was built around their top-order batting, but it didn't fire against the South African bowling attack.

Sami Aslam made 16 and only Zafar Gohar (22) and Ammad Butt (37 not out) bettered that, but they ony came together with the score on 72 for seven.

Justin Dill (2-29), Yaseen Valli (2-19), Kagiso Rabada (1-26) and Ngazibini Sigwili (1-40) also took wickets.

As is so often the case in finals, the run chase proved to be no easy feat and Pakistan played their part, making South Africa work for their runs.

Markrem was excellent at the top, though, making his 66 in 125 balls to play the anchoring role.

Butt had Clyde Fortuin caught by Hassan Raza for one before Karamat Ali removed Jason Smith for nine and Oldfield.

Markrem and Oldfield had put on 71 together but Oldfield's dismissal was followed one over later by that of Valli, bowled by Zia-ul-Haq for one, raising hopes of a late Pakistani comeback.

However, it was not to be as Bradley Dial helped Markrem see his side over the line with 14 not out in 24 balls.

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