On Saturday, India won the first group B match by 45 runs. India bowled out South Africa for 187 runs, with Vicky Ostwal (5 wickets) and Raja Bawa(4 wickets) leading the Indian bowling attack.
South Africa came in to bat to chase a target of 232. Rajvardhan Hanargekar gave South Africa a big blow in the start by taking the wicket of Ethan-John Cunningham on the fourth ball of the innings. Fifty run partnership between Valentine Kitime and Dewald Brevis took South Africa’s score to 58 runs. Vicky Ostwal started his magical spell by taking the vital wicket of Valentine Kitime and breaking the partnership.
Dewald Brevis played a fantastic knock of 65 runs by facing 145 balls, smashing six fours and two sixes. South African Skipper came in at three and played a good form of cricket and took the team’s score to 138/3 with contributing 50 runs together with Dewald before getting caught by Yash Dhull on the ball of Raj Bawa.
Dewald didn’t get any support from the other end after the wicket of Heerden. The middle-lower order of South Africa failed with the 8th down batsman Liam Alder only being the batsman to reach the double figures among them.
Vicky Ostwal displayed a spin bowling masterclass, taking five wickets by giving 28 runs in 10 overs. The left-arm orthodox showed immense confidence and skills, bowling the deliveries at the right area and using his variations. Raja Bawa was a bit expensive but took four crucial wickets, including the wicket of Dewald Brevis (65) and George Van Heeren (36).
Vicky Ostwal was awarded won of the match for this tremendous spell of 5/28. The Indian side performed brilliantly in their first game of the tournament, showing the world a lot of talent to watch on.