South Africa beat Kenya by 169 runs in opening World Cup game

Southafrica U19 Captain Raynard Van Thonder
  • South Africa Under-19s 341 for 7 (van Tonder 143, Pillay 62) beat Kenya Under-19s 172 for 7 (Kundi 41, Mnyaka 2-9, Smith 2-36) by 169 runs

Raynard van Tonder struck the third-highest score by a South African in Under-19 ODIs – matching AB de Villiers’ 143 from nearly 15 years ago – to decimate Kenya in Lincoln on Sunday.

Coming in at the end of the third over, van Tonder nearly batted all the way through to finish with 14 fours and five sixes to lay the groundwork for a whopping 169-run victory.

Aside from the captain’s effort, the opener Jiveshan Pillay (62 off 67) was the highest contributor to South Africa’s total of 341.

Jasraj Kundi, who was Kenya’s best bowler with 2 for 49 from his 10 overs of medium pace, also ended up scoring the most runs. With his team 98 for 6 in the 34th over, he made 41 off only 53 balls, with five fours to help ensure the full quota of 50 overs was used.

Akhona Mnyaka, South Africa’s left-arm quick, produced 19 dots in 24 balls and dismissed Kenya’s openers along the way.

Thando Ntini, son of Makhaya, opened the bowling to pick up a wicket and string in 28 dots in 36 balls. Offspinner Kenan Smith also chipped in with 2 for 36.

However, in the chase, Kenya was resolute with all batsmen spending some good time on the crease showing that the Kenyan youngsters are keen on picking lots of lessons. Team Captain Ankit Hirani was unbeaten on 35 with South Africa failing to pick all Kenya wickets.

The East Africans will next play hosts New Zealand on Wednesday with the latter in buoyant mood after defeating the defending champions West Indies in the opening game.

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