If the Under-19 cricket is considered as the breeding ground of future international stars, then the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup has done justice to the hype. From batsmen piling up runs on one occasion to bowlers running through the opposition on another occasion to spectacular fielding efforts, the ongoing tournament in New Zealand sees it all.
Well, a spectacular effort was witnessed in the field when hosts New Zealand were taking on South Africa in their last group game. After setting South Africa a competitive 280-run target, New Zealand needed a solid start, and they got it in the very first over when Dale Phillips took an absolute blinder to send back the in-form Jiveshan Pillay. On the fourth ball of the first over, Matthew Fisher bowled one outside the off stump to Pillay. The ball tempted Pillay into the drive, and the in-form opener went for the shot. However, the left-handed batsman did not control the shot and played it in the air. But the ball was still looking set to evade the 30-yard circle. However, before the ball could cross the inner circle, Dale Phillips made a stunning full-length dive to his left and plucked the ball out of thin air by both hands before being mobbed by his teammates.
Here is a clip of that catch:
New Zealand finishes group stage unbeaten:
New Zealand went on to beat South Africa by 71 runs to finish the group stage at the top of the table. Deciding to bat first, the Kiwis rode on Rachin Ravindra’s 76 to score 279 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs before bowling out South Africa for just 208 in the 45th over despite Hermann Rolfes scoring a fine 108. Ravindra was once again the best performer, picking up 4 for 32.
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