As the full-fledged international season is on song in all parts of the world, the youngsters are also making their mark in South Africa. The U19 World Cup in the rainbow nation was one of the events to look forward to. As such, it is living up to its hype. Currently, Afghanistan are locking horns against hosts, South Africa, at the Diamond Oval in Kimberly where the Proteas’ counterparts are giving the home side a real run for their money. India are the defending champions in this edition, having won their fourth title last year by beating Australia by eight wickets.
Afghanistan’s Fazal Haq got their team off to a perfect start in the first game of the tournament, having plucked out the top two batsmen cheaply inside three overs. The left-arm speedster first dismissed Jonathan Bird in the third ball of the very first over and went on to claim the wicket of Andrew Louw after that. The delivery to Andrew Louw was a textbook blockhole delivery that uprooted the off-stump and left it cartwheeling.
The Proteas’ captain Bryce Parsons counterattacked by smashing seven boundaries in his 42-ball knock of 40 after early losses. Nevertheless, he was unable to notch up a big score off his bat. South Africa have slid further and eventually have been bowled out for 129 under 30 overs. Along with Fazal Haq, Noor Ahmad and Shafiqullah Ghafari have also been amongst the wickets, picking up a wicket and a couple respectively.