Marco Jansen starred with the ball in another disappointing performance by the SA U19 side, who were outgunned by their Indian counterparts in the first match of the Quadrangular U19 Series at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
The Indian U19 side scored a decent 251 off their 50 overs, with Jansen bowling Shubhang Hegde off the last ball of the 50th over to close the Indian innings.
It was Jansen’s third wicket of the over, having picked up the eighth and ninth wickets off the first two balls to complete figures of 4-30 (econ 4.28) from his seven overs. Jansen’s first wicket came off the first ball of the 48th over, and his performance with the ball was one of the few bright moments of the match for South Africa.
Nonelela Yikha (2-37, econ 3.70) and Bryce Parsons (1-31, econ 3.10) also weighed in with strong performances, but for the rest, the South Africans were thoroughly outplayed by India.
Opener Qamran Iqbal (60 off 65 balls) and Shashwat Rawat (64 off 55 balls) produced the most telling contributions with the bat for the home side.
Batting at number eight in the order, Jansen went on to top-score for South Africa in their disappointing run chase that had diminished to a limp by the start of the 19th over after they had been reduced to 48-6.
Ravi Bishnoi (3-27), Akash Singh (2-12) and Harsh Dubey (3-7) were the destroyers-in-chief with the ball as South Africa were bowled out for 94 off 35.4 overs. Jansen ended unbeaten on 33 off 57 balls (3×4, 1×6), with skipper Matthew Montgomery (10) the only other South African to make it into double figures.
In the other match of the day, Afghanistan U19 was comprehensively beaten by the India B side, losing by seven wickets with 163 balls in hand. Purnank Tyagi (4-36) and Prayas Ray Barman (3-10) doing the damage with the ball to set up the win.
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