In the second quarter-final match in Under-19 World Cup, Pakistan beat South Africa getting itself into the next level of the tournament. The young team sealed the semi-final berth winning the match by three wickets. Pakistan chased down South Africa’s score of 189 for 9, winning the match with the figures 190 for 7. Although the inning was not than smooth for Pakistan, a half-century off Ali Zaryab steered the team into the victory mark. The batsman scored an unbeaten 74 off 111 balls to salvage the team from the early wobble of 111 for 5 wickets.
Earlier in the match, South Africa’s inning was steered by W Wakwetu beating 60 off 65 balls. Sent in to bat, the team lost its opening wickets within short overs. MP Breetzke and J Pillay were removed within 10 overs as the team fell to 2 wickets for 30 runs. Within the next 5 overs, H Rolfes and R van Tonder lost their wickets cheaply slogging the team further to 43 for 3.
In the middle order, Wakwetu partnered with J du Plessis and J Neimand steering the score to 135 for 5 by the 37th over. The final overs were played by Neimand partnering with the lower order. He played until the pre-ultimate over handing over the short final stretch to the last the batsmen on the line-up. Muhammad Musa took down three wickets, while Shaheed Shah Afridi finished with two.
In the chase, Pakistan did not pace up after losing opener Muhammad Zaid Alam in the third over. After 15 overs, the chase was at 63 for 3. The inning caught some momentum only when Zaryab began partnering with the rest of the team. With Skipper Hasan Khan, the player put up 32 runs until Jason Neimand attacked. The run rate dropped drastically by the middle of the inning.
Saad Khan and Zaryab played two maiden overs as well, clinging on to their wickets. The batsmen played slow until Zaryab knocked the half century. The players began firing a bit forging the partnership of 65 runs. Saad Khan scored 26, batting until the chase reached 176 in 45.3 overs. In next two overs, Zaryab played with the last two wickets, one of being ducked, pulling the inning to the victory stretch.