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SA under 19s win world cup

This is the first time that a South Africa team is named world champions.

The South African under 19 cricket team are the first South African team to become world champions. Picture: www.Cricket SA website.

JOHANNESBURG - The future of South African cricket is in great hands after the South African under 19 cricket team beat Pakistan by six wickets to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai on Saturday.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The South Africans were ruthless with the ball and picked up the first seven wickets for only 72 runs, before Zafar Gohar and Amad Butt put on a partnership of 45.

Pakistan were eventually bowled out for 131 in the 45th over.

Corbin Bosch picked up four wickets while Justin Dill and Yaseen Valli both took two.

The South African run chase started slow as they lost Clyde Fortuin for one and Jason Smith for nine to leave them on 28/2.

However, a brilliant partnership by captain Aiden Markram and Greg Oldfield steadied the South African ship.

The two put on 71 before Oldfield was out for 40.

Valli was out in the next over after scoring only one run, but Bradley Dial and Markram managed to lead the team home.

Markram ended on 66 not-out and was named man of the series for his performances throughout the tournament, while Bosch was named man of the match.

This is the first time that a South Africa team is named world champions.