Australia beats South Africa to reach U-19 final
Australia opener cameron bancroft scored a half century to help australia beat south africa by four wickets and seal a berth in the final of the icc u19 cricket world cup at the tony ireland stadium here today.australia overcame a late charge by south africa to achieve the target of 192 with nine balls to spare. Bancroft scored a fine 66, besides featuring in a match-winning 95 run third wicket partnership with kurtis patterson (46) after the defending champion had slipped to three for two in two overs in its run chase.
Joel paris and mark steketee both struck early with the new ball to remove south africa’s in form quinton de kock (1) and gihahn cloete (0). Steketee returned for his second spell and took the crucial wicket of proteas captain chad bowes (46), who had struck up a handy partnership of 88 with murray coetzee.coetzee (50) went on to make his second half-century of the tournament before he was run out from a direct hit by ashton turner.gurinder sandhu maintained a good line and length, ending with the impressive figures of two for 23 from 10 overs, featuring three maidens.steketee claimed three for 35 from his ten overs.in reply, australia lost the early wickets of james peirson and meyrick buchanan to be in strife at two for three.