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Rewind: Sri Lanka v South Africa, ICC U19 CWC 1998

As Sri Lanka and South Africa prepare for a Group D showdown on Wednesday, we look back at an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup classic match between the two nations.

Rewind: Sri Lanka v South Africa, ICC U19 CWC 1998 - Cricket News
 
As Sri Lanka and South Africa prepare for a Group D showdown on Wednesday, we look back at an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup classic match between the two nations.
It was played in January 1998, with the countries meeting in a Super League encounter at Kingsmead in Durban.
South Africa had won all three of their matches preceding the encounter, with a four-wicket win over an Indian side that included the likes of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh the highlight of their campaign.
Full of confidence and in front of their home crowd, Proteas captain Matthew Street won the toss and elected to bat against a Sri Lankan side who had won two of their three matches in the tournament to date.
Upekha Fernando (1-31 off five overs) claimed the early scalp of Johannes Myburgh (nine) but Andrew Gait (31) and Jon Kent (55) combined for an 86-run partnership for the second wicket for South Africa.
Street (35) and Grant Elliott (45) - who would go on to play Test cricket for New Zealand - also chipped in with runs.
Jacques Rudolph, who has opened the batting for South Africa and played almost 50 Test matches, came in at number 10, making just one but his side still posted a competitive score of 240 all out from their 50 overs.
Victor Mpitsang (2-61 off 8.5) removed Malintha Gajanayake (one) in the third over of the Sri Lankan innings while his opening partner, Fernando, was dismissed for 28.
That brought Sri Lankan captain Pradeep Hewage (83) and Chamara Silva (85) together though, and they combined for a superb 142-run partnership for the third wicket.
They were patient as they set up for a grandstand finish but, crucially, both fell in a six-ball period in between the 43rd and 44th overs.
That left Sri Lanka at 221 for four with 34 balls remaining and the wickets kept falling as Prasanna Jayawardene (five), Chamara Soysa (14) and Ranga Dias (three) all departed in the hunt for late runs.
Sri Lanka's chase went down to the very last over, with Naren Rattwatte (four not out) hitting a boundary from the only delivery he faced to give his side a dramatic win, achieved with three wickets in hand and just a ball to spare.
 

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