South Africa are through to the finals of Under-19 World Cup. James Bazley was dismissed by Yasin Valli and Rabada finished off with a six-for.
8-0-25-5. Exceptional bowling from Kagiso Rabada. Yet another short ball and Ashkenzai tries to fend it, instead edges it to teh right of the keeper. Fortuin behind the wicket takes a brilliant catch.
OUT! Ashkenazi 0(4)
Kagiso Rabada gets one more. Short ball from Rabada and Andrews tries to pull it. But the ball lobs up in the air, simple catch for Yasin Valli and square-leg.
OUT! Andrews 4(22)
Nervous moments for the batsmen here and the required rate is surging ahead. Rabada is back into the attack. Australia need 100 runs in 12 overs.
Australia have slipped and slipped big time. Bosch gets one more wicket. He bowls across to Doran and he tries to work it away but only manages to edge it and is out caught behind. A ball later, poor communication between McDermott and Bazley ensues, McDermott backs up far too much, the bowler runs across and throws, Valli covers the stumps and whips of the bails in time.
OUT! Doran 36(74), McDermott 12(13)
Corbin Bosch was pretty accurate and skipper Gregory came down the track and drove it straight to mid-off. The partnership has been broken. They need 135 runs in 21 overs.
OUT! Gregory 31(56)
Once again, the in-form Jake Doran holding things together. Yasin Valli and Bosch are bowling tandem. The run-scoring has been steady now. Australia need 139 runs at almost 6 an over.
Bruwer has bowled all his overs on the trot and has conceded just 32 runs. The runs have started coming for Australia. 154 required in 29 overs.
Dirk Bruwer has done a superb job with his off-spin. He hasn’t taken any wickets but contained the batsmen well. He has conceded just 21 runs in his eight overs bowled on the trot.
Rabada is running through Australia’s batting here. A slightly widish delivery in the ninth over and Morgan chops it onto his stumps trying to cut the ball. A maiden over by Bruwer after the dismissal.
OUT! Morgan 12(33)
Matthew Short gets a boundary on the second ball of the innings by Rabada. But since then the Proteas have been disciplined. Rabada has been the most successful pacer for teh South African. And he strikes again. A well-directed short ball from Rabada, Short goes for a pull and the ball brushes the gloves on its way to the keeper. Rabada strikes again in the over, this time with a beautifully shaped incoming delivery.
OUT! Short 7(13), Mortimer 4(4)
Australia end on a high as they manage to sneak two more wickets in the last over. Bruwer is run-out for three and Rabada is bowled first ball. Ben Ashkenazi ends with two wickets overall. Read the innings report here
OUT! Bruwer 3(3), Rabada 0(1)
After spin, a disciplined fast bowling from the pacers. Yasin Valli makes room and doesn’t get enough elevation, the ball flies straight to cover fielder who came in the ring from the deep.
OUT! Valli 31(36)
Dial is foxed by slower delivery by Ashkenazi. He tries to smash one but ends up giving a dolly at cover.
OUT! Dial 4(4)
Bosch’s struggling stay at the crease comes to an end. Tries to make room and play an inside out shot against Billy Stanlake. The ball takes the edge and crashes into the stumps.
OUT! Bosch 10(32)
Bosch and Valli have steadied the innings but they need quick runs in the last eight overs. Bosch hasn’t been timing the ball well.
South Africa have lost their way with a middle order collapse. After Kristoffels, it’s Oldfield who departs. A delivery before he struck a boundary off Thomas Andrews and on the next ball tries to check his shot to give an easy catch back to the bowler. Yasin Valli is the new batsman in.
OUT! Oldfield 9(19)
Matthew Short strikes again. Kristoffels was tied down and had played three dot balls, but this time around he tries to work the ball on the leg-side, gets a leading edge and short cover takes an easy catch.
OUT! Kristoffels 20(39)
Christoffels is a difficult batsman to be kept quiet. Has consistently managed to pick the singles at ease. The runs scoring has slowed since Fortuin’s dismissal, but a 250+ still likely for the Proteas. Spinner Thomas Andrews has bowled well.
Big breakthrough for Australia. Gregory experiments by bringing in Matthew Short and Fortuin drives it straight to cover fielder .
OUT! Fortuin 74(92)
Fortuin hits consecutive boundaries in the 28th over by Guy Walker. Fortuin’s matured innings has ensured that the run-rate is steady at five an over. There’s not much in the pitch to trouble the batsmen. A century on offer here for him.
Despite the wicket of Markram, South Africa aren’t in any trouble. Gregory brings back pacer Billy Stanlake. Christoffels is keen on taking chances but Fortuin is going steady.
A brilliant catch by Guy Walker and James Bazley gets the rbeakthrough. Skipper Markram is out for 43.
OUT! Markram 45(53)
It’s drinks time. The match so far has been dominated by South Africa. Fortuin has raced up to 44 and skipper Markram has been in good touch as well. In the 18th over, Markram drives skipper Alex Gregory through the covers. Excellent shot displaying all the confidence he has accumulated.
Steady partnership developing between the openers. Skipper Markram has been in good form in the run-up to the semi-final. Thomas Andrews has been introduced early into the attack. The skipper gets hit in the groin after the ball takes the bottom edge. The first powerplay of 10 overs yielded 43 runs for South Africa.
Guy Walker has been straying down the leg and has been off-colour. Skipper Gregory replaces him with Ben Ashkenazi. He starts off well. This has been a good start from the South Africans. Unlike earlier matches in this tournament, they have not conceded any wickets of the straight deliveries.
Disciplined start from Billy Stanlake but Guy Walker is slightly wayward in his first over. Nevertheless, are yet to get going.
Toss: News from the centre is that the South African team has won the toss and elected to bat in the semi-final. Once again, team winning the toiss has decided to bat. But the -last few matches have indicated that it has been disastrous for the batting team early on.
Australia Under-19: Jaron Morgan, Matthew Short, Damien Mortimer, Jake Doran, Alex Gregory (c), Ben McDermott (wk),James Bazley, Thomas Andrews, Guy Walker, Ben Ashkenazi, Billy Stanlake
South Africa Under-19: Adrian Markram (c), Clyde Fortuin (wk), Kirwin Christoffels, Yaseen Valli, Jason Smith, Corbin Bosh, Bradley Dial, Justin Dill, Kagiso Rabada, Greg Oldfield, Dirk Bruwer.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the ICC Under-19 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing the live updates of the match here. After Pakistan qualified with a nail-biting win over England on Monday, it’s upto these two teams to decide who qualifies for the final.
Bring a 12 PM start, one wonders what the captains would chose to do. There was no sign of dew in the evening during the semi-final between England and Pakistan. Thus, bowlers shouldn’t find it tough to grip in the evening. Moreover, the teams winning the toss and batting first have lost the last three games at Dubai. Runs have been hard to come by after taking it first up and although teams would want to put them on the board in the knockouts, this is a tough one at Dubai. Catch the Preview of the match here.