South Africa wins maiden ICC Under19 Cricket World Cup 2014

South Africa won its maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup title when it defeated two-time former champion Pakistan by six wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Fast bowler Corbin Bosch saved his best performance in the tournament for the title match when he claimed four for 15, and wicketkeeper Clyde Fortuin collected six catches behind the wickets as Pakistan was bundled out for 131 in 44.3 overs after electing to bat first.

South Africa captain Aiden Markram then held one end together as he scored an unbeaten 66 to guide his team home in 42.1 overs. Markram, who faced 125 balls and hit six fours, was well assisted by Greg Oldfield, who contributed 40 in a 71-runs partnership for the third wicket to help the side recover after South Africa was reduced to 28 for two.

Bosch was named the player of the match for his brilliant figures in the final.

Markram finished as the highest scorer for South Africans (3rd highest overall) in the tournament with 370 runs to his name, including two centuries and one half-century in the final. The Proteas captain was also named the player of the tournament.

18-year-old express pacer Kagiso Rabada was the highest wicket-taker for South Africa (2nd highest overall), picking 14 wickets in five matches. Rabada was the hero in semi-final, when he destroyed Australia with his spell of 6/25.

The next ICC U19 Cricket World Cup will be staged in Bangladesh in 2016 and details will be announced in due course.

Brief Scores:
Pakistan 131 all out (Amad Butt 37, Zafar Gohar 22; Corbin Bosch 4/15, Yaseen Valli 2/19)
South Africa 134/4 (Aiden Arkram 66*, Greg Oldfied 40; Karamat Ali 2/24, Zia-ul-Haq 1/27)

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