Young Windies score dramatic series win

July 20, 2017

DURBAN, South Africa (CMC):

Off-spinner Bhaskar Yadram held his nerve to bowl a brilliant last over as West Indies Under-19s snatched a dramatic two-run victory over South Africa Under-19s to seal a 3-2 win in the five-match Youth One-Day International series yesterday.

Set 245 to win at Chatsworth Oval, the hosts entered the final over requiring eight runs, but Yadram conceded just five runs to restrict them to 242 for seven off their 50 overs.

In fact, the Young Proteas were in pole position to take victory with just three required from the last two deliveries, but Yadram kept Kenan Smith scoreless off both to complete a phenomenal spell.

All told, the Guyanese ended with three for 37, including two wickets in the 44th over, which blew the game wide open after South Africa U-19s seemed to be cruising to victory.

Left-arm spinner Jeavor Royal was again among the wickets, with two for 31 from his 10 overs.

The result was heartbreaking for opener Matthew Breetzke, who struck exactly 100 - his second century of the series - while partner Jiveshan Pillay got 44 and Gerald Coetzee, 33.

Earlier, West Indies U-19s rode on the back of opener Keagan Simmons's unbeaten 107 as they gathered 244 for five off their 50 overs after being sent in.

Opener Joshua Persaud, in only his second match of the series, struck 46, while Alick Athanaze extended his decent form with 40.

Seamer Thando Ntini, the son of legendary South Africa Test fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, claimed two for 38.

Simmons took the Man-of-the-Match honour, while Yadram was adjudged Man-of-the-Series for his 205 runs - including two half-centuries - along with his five wickets.

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