India beat South Africa in their Under 19 World Cup opener

India began their Group B campaign with a 45-run victory over South Africa. Despite the fact that they were bowled out for 232 with the bat, they still managed to win comfortably in the end. Despite getting off to a bright start, with 55 on the board after 11 overs for just one wicket, South Africa fell comfortably short of their target of 233. Even though Dewald Brevis was batting wonderfully, they lost the game in the middle overs when they were choked by spin on a gripping surface.

Dhull and Ostwal outlined their ICC U19 Men’s CWC precocity with eye-catching displays at Providence in Saturday’s highlight match.

●   A true captain’s innings by Dhull

Captain Dhull stepped to the crease after South African left-arm seamer Aphiwe Mnyanda had reduced India to 11 for two with the new ball, displaying all the fighting spirit that has seen India crowned champions four times since the turn of the century.

Dhull’s dynamic 82 helped his team to a competitive total, with Kaushal Tambe (35), Shaik Rasheed (31) and Nishant Sindhu (27) all contributing significantly.

With India in difficulty, skipper Dhull teamed up with Shaik Rasheed (31) to save the innings. They put up a 71-run stand when Rasheed was called LBW after missing a sweep shot off left-arm spinner Liam Alder.

Rasheed, who was dismissed for 17 by Andile Simelane at second slip, produced several remarkable strokes in his 54-ball innings, including an aerial pull and an on-drive off bowler Matthew Boast to break the shackles.

Dhull then put up a 44-run stand with Nishant Sindhu (25) to propel the Delhi innings forward. The skipper ended up with 11 fours, and Simelane had to dismiss him with a magnificent direct hit.

Tamble drove in 35 runs in the ninth inning to push the squad over the 200-run mark. 

Mnyanda’s early threat was bolstered by Matthew Boast’s three for 40 as South Africa, the 2014 ICC U19 Men’s CWC champions, dismissed India for 232, leaving the match on a knife’s edge at the break.

The South African bowlers did a good job of putting pressure on the Indian batsmen. Matthew Boast (3/40), Aphiwe Mnyanda (2/29), and Dewald Brevis (2/43) combined with eight wickets, allowing the Indians to be dismissed in 46.5 overs.

At the midway point, the junior Proteas would have been minor favourites. Their expectations were thwarted, however, by a spirited bowling performance from the Indians, particularly from right-arm pacer Bawa and left-arm spinner Ostwal, who were the standout performers. The pair combined for nine wickets, including a rare five-fer for Ostwal.

In the second innings, Rajvardhan Hangargekar set the tone by dismissing Ethan-John Cunningham in the first over, but a half-century partnership between Dewald Brevis (65) and Valentine Kitime (25) kept the game in the balance.

South Africa’s skipper, George Van Heerden, scored 36 in the middle order, but India’s left-arm spinner, Vicky Ostwal, took five for 28 to ensure India continued to strangle their opponents. 

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