Indian captain Vijay Zol’s century went in vain as South Africa pulled off a 10-run win in the teams’ second meeting in the under-19 quadrangular series at the ACA-VDCA stadium here on Tuesday.
The result of this match, considered a dress rehearsal for Saturday’s final, did not change the fortunes of both teams as India still leads the table with 19 points, followed by South Africa with 18.
Medium-fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada, who picked up three wickets, Justin Dill and Andile Phehlukwayo produced their best spells to tie India down in the last 10 overs, and restrict it to 247 for nine.
Vijay Zol (103, 115b, 10x4, 2x6) played a steady knock. After opener Akhil Herwadkar was dismissed early for a duck, Zol kept India on track through a 67-run second-wicket partnership with Shubham Khajuria, 53 with Shreyas Iyer for the third, and 67 for the fourth with Ricky Bhui.
The slide began when Bhui was dismissed in the 40th over with the total at 196.
Vijay Zol was the fifth wicket to fall at 215 in the 44th over, when Rabada picked up the first of his three wickets. Dill was rewarded for his good work when he removed Sarfraz Khan, who smashed a century in the previous game.
In the next over, Deepak Hooda fell to Rabada again when Markhom pulled off a diving catch at mid-off. The same combination also claimed Aamir Gani. Rabada picked up three wickets for 13 runs in a three-over spell. Phehlukwayo snapped up Abhimanyu Lamba in the last over.
South Africa 257 for six in 50 overs (Clyde Fortuin 65, Yaseen Valli 64, Gregory Oldfield 35, Aiden Markham 25) bt India 247 for nine in 50 overs (Vijay Zol 103, Shubham Khajuria 36, Ricky Bhui 32, Kagiso Rabada three for 45). South Africa 4 points, India 0 .
Zimbabwe 184 in 45 overs (Ryan Burl 79 n.o., Matthew Fotia three for 27) lost to Australia 185 for two in 32.1 overs (Jaron Morgan 110 n.o., Damien Mortimer 41). Australia 5, Zimbabwe 0 .