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08 February 201616:00 By Manoj Narayan, Cox's Bazar

Ngarava stars as South Africa defeated

Zimbabwe reaches target in 22 overs after bowling out 2014 winners for 91

Ngarava stars as South Africa defeated
 - Cricket News

Zimbabwe got to the target comfortably in 22 overs, with Ryan Murray and Jeremy Ives putting on an unbroken 52 runs.

South Africa Under-19, the defending champion, was beaten comprehensively by Zimbabwe Under-19 in the Plate Championship on Monday (February 8), at the Sheikh Kamal International Stadium in Cox’s Bazar.

This was South Africa’s first major challenge after its defeat against Namibia Under-19, but a good show in the field all-round meant Zimbabwe came through as the better side, and sealed its place in the ninth-place playoff with an eight-wicket victory.

South Africa will now meet the vanquished side after Afghanistan and New Zealand clash on Tuesday, to determine who will finish 11th and 12th.

Richard Ngarava – the one who was Mankaded in Zimbabwe’s match against West Indies – was a wicket machine, a blurry figure in red who went through South Africa’s batsmen. He returned a brilliant 4 for 10 in nine overs while leading the attack. Then, chasing just 92, Zimbabwe got to the mark comfortably in 22 overs, with Ryan Murray (26 not out) and Jeremy Ives (34 not out) putting on an unbroken 52 runs.

It was a good toss to win for Zimbabwe. Conditions were overcast, the pitch had a subtle tinge of green on it, and the early overs were always going to be decisive. South Africa would have ideally wanted to see the first ten overs through till the sun came out, but it was already four down by that stage. Zimbabwe’s whole unit played a part in that. The players were excellent in the field, egging each other on, diving that extra bit to get to the ball, and appreciating all the good fielding efforts.

Ngarava probed that nagging line outside offstump, and the batsmen were kept guessing. The rewards didn’t take long to come. Kyle Verreynne fell prey in the third over, poking at one to be caught behind for nought. Liam Smith (6) did seem like he had a measure of things when he drove one through the covers, but a repeat attempt saw Kundai Matigimu take a magnificent one-handed catch on the dive. In the next over, Wiaan Mulder (2) was trapped in front by William Mashinge, and two overs later, Dayyan Galiem (1) was caught behind going for another drive. South Africa was 12 for 4.

After that, Rivaldo Moonsamy and Tony de Zorzi put on 29 for the fifth wicket. Moonsammy, agile and with nimble footwork, found it easier to score than his teammates. He flicked a couple that ended up at the ropes, even as de Zorzi dead-batted. For a while, they resisted, even though they didn’t always look comfortable. Their stand lasted nearly ten overs, but it needed to last longer. A short ball from Matigimu caught de Zorzi (7) by surprise, and he only succeeded in fending off to short leg.

Farhaan Sayanvala (2) didn’t last long, and Moonsamy had to walk back after dancing down the tracks to Rugare Magarira, the chinaman bowler, only to be stumped. He had scored a 46-ball 32. Wickets then continued to fall till Luke Philander and Sean Whitehead associated for the ninth wicket, rotating the strike and ticking off the runs to add 29.

It was routine for Zimbabwe, thereafter. Although Shaun Snyder fell after he had put on 30 for the opening wicket with Brendan Sly, who followed suit three overs later, Murray and Ives dug in deep initially, saw off the pressure, and then kept the scoreboard moving to complete a comprehensive, hugely deserved victory.

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