Brisbane, Aug 16: South Africa topped Group D and qualified for the Super League quarter-final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2012 after defeating Sri Lanka by four wickets at Peter Burge Oval in Brisbane on Wednesday.
South Africa bowlers Corne Dry (four for 16), Calvin Savage (two for 30) and Solo Nqweni (two for 51) shared wickets between them to skittle out Sri Lanka for 150 in 37.4 overs. In its reply, captain Chad Bowes (46) and Theunis de Bruyn (42) put on 80 runs for the third wicket as South Africa achieved the target in 33 overs, an ICC media release stated.
It was South Africa's third successive victory, which means it will now feature in front of ESPN STAR Sports' HD cameras on the first day of the Super League quarter-finals on August 19. South Africa's opponent will only be confirmed after Thursday's match between England and Nepal. The two sides go head to head at Tony Ireland Stadium in the day's only match to be televised live by ESPN STAR Sports.
The other matches of the day saw close finishes, with Ireland getting the better of Nepal in Group A by 14 runs at the Endeavour Park in Townsville, and Afghanistan holding its nerve to beat Scotland by 10 runs at the John Blanck Oval in Group B.
South Africa will now travel to Townsville to play on Sunday at Tony Ireland Stadium against the second placed team from Group A, which is currently England.
Scores in Brief:
Group A - Ireland beat Nepal by 14 runs, Endeavour Park, Townsville
Ireland 185 for eight, 50 overs (Shane Getkate 47, Andy McBrine 41, Tyrone Kane 39 not out; Rahul Vishvakarma 2-31, Avinash Karn 2-37, Bhuvan Karki 2-43)
Nepal 171 all out, 49.3 overs (Rahul Vishvakarma 32, Subhash Khakurel 31, Pradeep Airee 29; George Dockrell 4-22)
Player of the Match - George Dockrell (Ireland)
Group B - Afghanistan beat Scotland by 10 runs, John Blanck Oval, Buderim
Afghanistan 191 all out, 48.3 overs (Javed Ahmadi 71, Afsar Khan 44; Gavin Main 4-26, Ruaidhri Smith 4-45)
Scotland 181 all out, 49.2 overs (Ross McLean 67, Freddie Coleman 30; Sayed Shirzad 3-33, Aftab Alam 2-45)
Player of the Match - Javed Ahmadi (Afghanistan)
Group D - South Africa beat Sri Lanka by four wickets, Peter Burge Oval, Brisbane
Sri Lanka 150 all out, 37.4 overs (Pulina Tharanga 50 not out; Corne Dry 4-16, Calvin Savage 2-30, Solo Nqweni 2-51)
South Africa 153 for six, 33 overs (Chad Bowes 46, Theunis de Bruyn 42; Tharindu Kaushal 3-28, Sanitha de Mel 2-32)
Player of the Match - Corne Dry (South Africa)