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South Africa, West Indies U-19 team ends in a tie

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Defending champion South Africa and the West Indies played out a thrilling tie in a warm-up match here today ahead of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup starting January 27.

In the other match of the day, which was also curtailed by bad weather at the start, Scotland beat Fiji by 21 runs, but not receiving a scare from the first-timer.

South Africa, chasing the West Indies’ 153 for nine in 35 overs, appeared to have the game in hand when it began the final over needing just seven runs with seven wickets in hand.

But fast bowler Keemo Paul claimed a wicket and conceded only six runs to conjure an exciting tie. Wiaan Mulder remained unbeaten on 58 as South Africa finished with 153 for four.

The West Indies, which was sent into bat, was steered to a challenging total by Keacy Carty’s 45 and an unbeaten 33 off 34 balls by tail-ender Michael Frew.

In the other match, Scotland elected to bat first and piled up 192 for eight in 36 overs with Rory Johnston making 53 and Finlay McCreath chipping in with 36. Fiji’s seamer Josaia Baleicikoibia took three for 26.

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