Townsville (Australia), Aug 21: Defending champions Australia reached the final of ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup by defeating South Africa by four wickets in the semi-finals here at the Tony Ireland Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing 192 for victory, the hosts achieved success in the 49th over, losing six wickets. Yet again, Australia captain William Bosisto and opener Cameron Bancroft steered Australia home with fine knocks. The right-hander who was not dismissed in the previous four matches in the tournament, was finally out, but he had ensured his team was at the doorstep of victory. When Bosisto was run out for 40, Australia needed just four to win.
Bosisto has so far scored 189 runs in the tournament with a highest of 71 not out. Bancroft is the leading run scorer for the team with 194 in five games. He has hit one century and added one half century today. Bancroft won the Man-of-the-match award.
Australia will await the winner of second semi-final between India and New Zealand on Thursday. The final will be held on Sunday, August 26.
Jimmy Peirson and Meyrick Buchanan fell for ducks as Australia were in trouble in the beginning of the innings. They were 3/2 in two overs.
Bancroft (66) and Kurtis Patterson (49) partnered for 95 runs to put the chase back on track. After the departure of Patterson, Bancroft continued to shine in the company of Bosisto.
Earlier, Australia restricted South Africa to 191 for eight in 50 overs. Murray Coetzee was the top scorer for South Africa with 50.
Captain Chad Bowes made 46, opening the batting. Prenelan Subrayen contributed 30 not out.
Australia's opening bowler Mark Steketee was the main wicket-taker with figures of 3/35 in 10 overs. Gurinder Sandhu had 2/23 in 10 overs with three maidens.
Scores in brief
South Africa 191/8 in 50 overs (Murray Coetzee 50, Chad Bowes 46, Prenelan Subrayen 30 not out, Mark Steketee 3/35, Gurinder Sandhu 2/23) lost to Australia 193/6 in 48.3 overs (Cameron Bancroft 66, Kurtis Patterson 49, William Bosisto 40, Lizaad Williams 3/40)