Jones, Mnyaka shine as SA finishes fifth in ICC-U19 World Cup

Jones, playing only his second match of the tournament, grabbed five for 33 while left-arm bowler Mnyaka took three for 27 as Bangladesh was bowled out for 178 in 41.4 overs. SA reached 180 for two in 38.3 overs to finish fifth.

South Africa celebrates the fall of a Bangladesh wicket.   -  ICC/Twitter

Fast bowlers Fraser Jones and Akhonya Mnyaka ripped through Bangladesh’s batting line-up as South Africa scored a comfortable eight-wicket victory at the John Davies Oval to finish fifth at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup, here today.

Jones, playing only his second match of the tournament, grabbed five for 33 while left-arm bowler Mnyaka took three for 27 as Bangladesh was bowled out for 178 in 41.4 overs.

The 2014 champion, put in to bat in the fifth-sixth position play-off match, quickly reached 180 for two in 38.3 overs as captain Raynard van Tonder played a fluent knock of 82 (99b, 7x4, 2x6) to tally his total runs to 384 in the tournament.

He joins former Proteas captain Graeme Smith as the joint-third highest aggregate of runs for a South Africa batsman in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. “We did not play well in the quarter-finals, but the boys did well to come back strongly in the last two games,” Van Tonder said.

Bangladesh captain Saif Hassan said his team should have got more runs in the match today: “These have been good conditions for us and they have given us good exposure. We don’t get these conditions at home so hopefully this experience will help us in the future.”

Van Tonder reached his half-century with a pulled six over the square-leg fence off leg-spinner Mohammad Rakib and continued in the same vein, adding 117 runs for the unbroken third wicket with all-rounder Hermann Rolfes (44 not out, 51b, 7x4) to eradicate any hopes of a Bangladesh fightback.

Earlier, Bangladesh batsmen got into trouble playing some indiscreet shots as Jones and Mnyaka ran through the batting order.

Bangladesh was reduced to 33 for five in the ninth over and in danger of being dismissed for a two-digit score before left-hander Afif Hossain (63, 59b, 7x4, 2x6) and Shakil Hossain (61, 89b, 6x4) did the repair-work with a 96-run stand in 18.9 overs.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 178 in 41.4 overs (A. Hossain 63, Shakil Hossain 61; Fraser Jones 5-32) lost to South Africa 180/2 in 38.3 overs (Raynard van Tonder 82 n.o.) by eight wickets.

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