• SA U19 batsmen come up short

    The Bangladesh under-19s went 2-0 up in the second match of the seven-match, Youth One-Day series when they beat the South Africa U19s by 29 runs in Durban on Tuesday.

    The young Proteas were once again thwarted by the visiting side’s spin attack, finishing the match on 128-9 in the rain affected, 30-over match.

    South Africa’s interim captain, Kyle Verryenne, who took on the role after tour captain, Tony De Zorzi, failed a fitness test earlier in the day, won the toss and elected to field, restricting the young Tigers to an above par 157-5, with Dayyaan Galiem the leading wicket taker with 2-28 in his reduced, six-over spell.

    In reply, the hosts were once again found lacking in the batting department. They lost openers Liam Smith and Rivaldo Moonsamy for two and five respectively, with Dean Foxcroft and Verryenne adding 10 runs each.

    Aaqil Ebrahim played a valiant innings of 39 runs from 34 balls, hitting three sixes and a boundary before he went. He shared a last-ditch, 46-run, eighth-wicket stand with Sean Whitehead (14 not out), but was soon dismissed by Hasan Miraz in the 28th over.

    No one else could amass the required runs. Kabelo Sikhukhune and Galiem were dismissed by Mosabbek Hossain for a respective three and seven runs, the bowler ending his day with 3-19, while Miraz returned figures of 3-33.

    Verryenne was disappointed with the loss but believes all is not yet lost.

    ‘It was a tough loss, I think we started out well with the bowling but let it slip in the end, giving them more than what we were hoping for,’ he said.

    ‘Chasing 157, we always thought we were in with a shout, but unfortunately we started off slowly with the bat and that put us on the back foot. We were still in with a chance with Aaqil [Ebrahim] hitting the ball nicely, but we didn’t have enough batsmen to help him go all the way.’

    He admits that the batting unit is an area of concern. ‘With our batting, we are learning a lot of lessons, we just aren’t learning them quickly enough,’ Verryenne continued.

    ‘The team we have is a really good team, I just think that as long as each one of us does our jobs well we definitely still have a shot of winning the series, no one should count us out as yet.’

    The series moves to Pietermaritzburg where the teams will play the third match at the main Oval on Friday.