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|Ethan John Cunningham||12||21||2||0||57.14|
|George Van Heerden||7||28||0||0||25.00|
We are finally into the knockout stage in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup and the draw couldn't have been tighter. All four quarter-final matches look tight contests, at least from the outside, and the fans are in for a feast. Up next in the tournament, England U-19 are set to take on South Africa U-19 in what is expected to be a cracking contest.
Both sides did well in the group stage and will be confident of emerging on top in this match. The match between the two sides is to be played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on January 26th, at 6:30 PM IST and 9:00 AM Local Time.
England were pre-tournament favorites and did not disappoint in the group stage as well. They absolutely demolished Bangladesh in their opening game before rampaging past Canada U-19 and UAE U-19. They were so good in the group stage that on the two occasions that they batted first, they scored totals in excess of 300.
Tom Prest and George Thomas were the two mainstays for England U-19 in the group stage. Prest is coming off a fantastic 153-run knock and will be keen to score yet another big one. Apart from scoring heaps of runs, he also picked up four wickets at an impressive economy rate. With 108 runs to his name already, George Thomas has been pretty consistent having scored a half-century already. The presence of Jacob Bethell who is more than capable of delivering on both fronts will hold the key with the players mentioned above.
They finished at the top of their group and will be eyeing their fourth straight win of the tournament. Not only batting is their strength, but the fact that they kept Bangladesh Under-19 to a total of less than 100 also speaks volumes about their bowling. They have an outstanding balance on paper and will be keen to replicate that on the field. If they are able to do that, South Africa will have their work cut out.
George Thomas, Jacob Bethell, Tom Prest, James Rew, William Luxton, George Bell, Rehan Ahmed, Alex Horton, James Sales, Tom Aspinwall, Joshua Boyden.
South Africa U-19 finished at the second spot on the ladder but they were by no an inferior side. They fought pretty well against India before India U-19 sneaked home in a tricky match. The Proteas looked extremely fluent in their next couple of matches with Dewald Brevis and George van Heerden contributing brilliantly.
While bowling looks well settled for the Proteas, their batting does seem a tad over-reliant on the likes of Dewald Brevis and George van Heerden. They both already have a century to their name each in the tournament and would to carry on with the form. Apart from those two, however, South Africa U-19 have not really seen anyone contribute consistently.
All in all, South Africa U-19 have a terrific bowling attack and a decent batting unit. This is a tough contest for them but they are a well and truly capable unit that can defeat any side on their day. We saw that happen against India when they almost pulled it off. If they are able to do anything similar in this match, they will certainly be in business, especially with the kind of form Dewald Brevis and George van Heerden have been in.
Ethan John Cunningham, Valentine Kitime, Dewald Brevis, GJ Maree, George Van Heerden, Andile Simelane, Mickey Copeland, Matthew Boast, Liam Alder, Aphiwe Mnyanda, Asakhe Tshaka.
With the winner of this game moving a step forward in the tournament, both sides would be coming into this game all guns blazing. England U-19 did better than South Africa U-19, but they also had a relatively easier group. While the two sides look pretty well balanced on paper, England look slightly ahead on the basis of all-around performance. We saw their bowlers and batsmen both contribute well and that could be a major factor in this upcoming match. Keeping all that and the above-stated factors into consideration, betting on an England U-19 win should be the way to go here.
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