The 2nd game of the 3-match Youth ODI series will be played between South Africa Under-19s and India Under-19s at the Buffalo Park in East London.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (1:30 PM IST) (8:00 AM GMT)
India Under-19s’ tour of South Africa started off in style as they cruised to a 9-wicket win in the first of the 3-match Youth ODI series. Four bowlers took at least two wickets for the visiting team as the South Africa Under-19s were bundled out for a below par score of 187. India U19s got off to a great start with the openers Divyansh Saxena (86*) and Tilak Varma (59) scoring fifties. Kumar Kushagra scored an unbeaten 44-ball 43 to take India past the target with 45 balls to spare.
The Buffalo Park could be under the clouds during the coming week but on Saturday, no threat from rain is expected.
The Buffalo Park produced a decent track for a 50-over game on Thursday but it was the quality of the India Under-19s that made it a one-sided outing. The team batting first should be able to post 275+ on such a track. It was not possible for the South Africans despite India U19s did not field their first preferred XI during the first match. There are good chances of even the 275+ totals not being enough for the batting first sides.
Average first innings score: 187 (Youth ODIs in 2019)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
SA skipper Bryce Parsons missed the first Youth ODI as he was recovering from a back injury.
Probable Playing XIs:
South Africa Under-19s:
Ruan Terblanche, Andrew Louw, Jonathan Bird, Luke Beaufort, Jack Lees, Khanya Cotani (C & WK), Tiaan van Vuuren, Merrick Brett, Achille Cloete, Odirile Modimokoane, Gerald Coetzee.
Bench – Bryce Parsons, Siya Plaatjie, Mondli Khumalo, Levert Manje, Tyrese Karelse, Pheko Moletsane.
Divyaansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Priyam Garg (C), Kumar Kushagra (WK), Shashwat Rawat, Divyansh Joshi, Shubhang Hegde, Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi.
Bench – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Dhruv Chand Jurel, Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil, CTL Rakshan.
Divyaansh Saxena has quite an impressive record in the Youth ODIs as he scored 452 runs across nine matches at an average of 56.5 with a century and three fifties. Atharva Ankolekar has claimed 17 wickets from only six Youth ODIs and has a bowling average of 9.7 and picked up a wicket every 19.5 balls he bowls. Shubhang Hegde has 16 wickets from 10 Youth ODIs and also scored 195 runs across 8 innings in this format at an average of 48.75. The responsibility will be on Jonathan Bird to save the home team from another embarrassment. Bird has scored 565 runs across nine Youth ODIs at an average of 70.62 with help of three centuries and two fifties.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Divyaansh Saxena, Tilak Varma, Jonathan Bird
Vice-Captain – Shubhang Hegde, Kartik Tyagi, Atharva Ankolekar
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Luke Beaufort
Batters – Divyaansh Saxena (C), Jonathan Bird, Andrew Louw
All-Rounders – Tilak Varma, Shubhang Hegde, Divyansh Joshi
Bowlers – Atharva Ankolekar, Ravi Bishnoi, Kartik Tyagi (VC), Achille Cloete
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Kumar Kushagra
Batters – Jonathan Bird (VC), Shashwat Rawat, Andrew Louw
All-Rounders – Shubhang Hegde, Tiaan van Vuuren, Thakur Tilak Verma (C)
Bowlers – Atharva Ankolekar, Akash Singh, Achille Cloete, Gerald Coetzee
India U19s are expected to give one more chance to the batsmen who played the first match before bringing back Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, Priyam Garg, who missed the first match is likely to make a comeback. There is no update regarding the South Africa U19 skipper Bryce Parsons who was nursing from a back injury and missed the first match.
India Under-19s are expected to seal the 3-match series against the hosts with yet another big win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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