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Highlights of Day 1 of U19 World Cup: South Africa defeats West Indies in thrilling match, while Ireland tames weak USA

<p>Match 1: Ireland vs. USA<br />
Ireland won the toss and chose to field first when they played at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. Their choice paid off, as Oliver Riley (3/21) and Reuben Wilson (3/23) exploited the USA’s batting order with ease. Just three hitters from the USA reached double figures. The best scorer, Khush Bhalala, finished with 22*, but he ran out of partners as the USA was bowled out for 105 in 40.2 overs.</p>
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<p>In response, Ireland reached the goal quickly in their innings’ 23rd over. With five boundaries and an unbroken fifty (50* off 63 balls), wicketkeeper-battler Ryan Hunter helped Ireland reach the finish line by seven wickets.</p>
<p>Match 2: West Indies vs. South Africa</p>
<p>After winning the toss, West Indian captain Stephan Pascal ordered the home team to score. In the game’s fourth over, right-arm bowler Deshawn James struck, sending Steve Stolk back to the dugout and ending the first wicket partnership at 26 runs.</p>
<p>Lhuan-dre Pretorius, Stolk’s opening partner, was unfazed by his ejection and continued to assault the opponent. With his ability to target the gaps and his style of playing against Isai Thorne and Nathan Sealy, two West Indian left-arm off-spinners, Pretorius looked threatening.</p>
<p>But by shifting the angle from above the wicket to around it, Sealy outwitted Pretorius. He managed to get past Pretorius’s bat and pad and castle him thanks to the angle shift.</p>
<p>Oliver Whitehead (26 off 35 balls) and David Teeger (44 runs off 98 balls) had their sights set but were unable to capitalize on their beginnings.</p>
<p>It seemed as if the Windies had the game under control when South Africa was reduced to 145/6, but a brilliant knock by Dewan Marais turned the tide. Marais, who was unstoppable, saved the Proteas from further collapse by smoking four sixes and the same amount of boundaries.</p>
<p>Along with captain Juan James (47 runs off 54 balls), he amassed 131 runs for the seventh wicket, helping South Africa record 285/9 in 50 overs.</p>
<p>Kwena Maphaka, the rising left-arm pace phenom, completely destroyed the opening pair for the West Indies, and the Caribbean squad was quickly reduced to 73/5 in 10 overs.</p>
<p>But just when it seemed that South Africa would soon put the game to bed, wicketkeeper-battler Jewel Andrew orchestrated the greatest possible recovery, scoring 117 runs with Sealy for the sixth wicket.</p>
<p>Andrew played a memorable innings and became the first hitter in the current version to reach a century (130 off 96 balls). But once Andrew and Sealy left the game, the hosts regained control of the match, and Player of the Match (POTM) Maphaka (5/38) launched a counterattack to finish off the opposition.</p>
<p>After being bowled out for 254 in 40.1 overs, South Africa won by a margin of 31 runs.</p>

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