Chance for SA’s redemption at Under-19 World Cup
South Africa’s Under-19 cricket team got off to a wobbly start at the ICC World Cup this week, but there is still some hope ahead of their second group match against Namibia today.
The latter have issued a warning to defending champions South Africa, who lost to hosts Bangladesh by 43 runs on Wednesday.
The junior Proteas struggled to score runs on a sluggish Chittagong surface, which suited the Bangladeshi slow bowlers perfectly.
The only resistance from South Africa came from opener Liam Smith’s century. He was the bedrock of the team’s innings.
Watching his partners fall regularly at the other end, Smith dug deep and reached his halfcentury in 96 balls during a 52-run stand with Dayyaan Galiem (22), who succumbed to the pressure soon after.
On the flip side, Namibia did the unthinkable when they came off a convincing nine-wicket win over fellow minnows Scotland in their opening match on Friday.
Namibia captain Zane Green and Sybrand Jacobus Loftie-Eaton are the lads to keep an eye on following their exploits against Scotland.
Loftie-Eaton was unbeaten on 67 when the winning runs were hit with 144 balls to spare. He had added 67 for the second wicket with Green, who was unbeaten on 39 off 42 balls.
South Africa end their Group A campaign against Scotland on Tuesday while Nambia will face Bangladesh on the same day.
Alam is a reporter for Prothom Alo, a Bengali-language newspaper in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is based in SA courtesy of the Committee to Protect