Chance for SA’s re­demp­tion at Un­der-19 World Cup

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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


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