South Africa crowned U-19 champs

South Africa lifted the ICC U-19 World Cup defeating Pakistan by six wickets in a low-scoring final encounter here on Saturday.

Batting first, Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry
131 in 44.3 overs with right arm medium pacer Corbin Bosch grabbing four for 15 in 7.3 overs. In reply, South Africa chased down the target in 42.1 overs with Aiden Markram (66) and Greg Oldfield (40) being the chief contributors.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan were reeling at 72 for seven when Zafar Gohar (22) and Amad Butt (37) added 45 runs for the eighth wicket stand to take the team total past 100-run mark.

Most of the top order batsmen like captain Sami Aslam (16), Imam-ul-Haq (12) and Hasan Raza (2) were guilty of playing poor shots.

Once the top order was blown away, it was difficult for the middle and lower order to repair and also build a substancial score on a big day. The pressure was telling and Pakistan wilted under it. While chasing a low score was not a big ask, the Proteas took a lot of time but achieved the target. Markram-Oldfield added 71 runs for the fourth wicket to ensure a smooth sailing.

Brief Scores: Pakistan: 131 all out in 44.3 overs (Amad Butt 37; Corbin Bosch 4-15) lt to South Africa: 134/4 in 42.1 overs (Aiden Markram 66, Greg Oldfield 40).

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