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U19 WC 2022: South Africa to take on Sri Lanka, Uganda faces Scotland

The Under-19 World Cup 2022 brings you two matches on January 30. The two sides, South Africa and Sri Lanka, who crashed out of the title race after losing in the Quarterfinals, will take on each other. In the second match of the day, Uganda and Scotland will square off in the 13th place playoff. 

South Africa U19s vs Sri Lanka U19s 

South Africa and Sri Lanka saw their WC hopes coming to an end in their respective quarter final clashes and now will take on each other to fight for a possible fifth place finish in the tournament. The two U19 sides will lock horns at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua on Sunday. 

The South African team finished second in Group B after beating Ireland and Uganda. They then faced England in the first quarter final, where they lost comprehensively by six wickets. Batting first, South Africa were bowled out for 209 despite Dewald Brevis scoring a magnificent 97 off 88. In response, England knocked down the target in 31.2 overs on the back of Jacob Bethell’s 88 off just 42 balls. 

The U19 Lankan lions topped their Group D by winning all three matches against Australia, West Indies and Scotland. They battled Afghanistan in the fourth quarter final in which they fell short by just 4 runs in a low-scoring game. Sri Lanka managed to skittle out the Afghan team for just 134, with Vinuja Ranpul claiming 5/10 and Dunith Wellalage taking 3/36. Chasing a low target, they had a huge collapse up front and were eventually bowled out for 130. 

Captain and Vice-captain 

Dewald Brevis has earned himself immense praise from the cricket world after producing one of the most dominant performances in the Under-19 WC. Known as the Baby AB, Brevis is the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 364 runs from four matches at an exceptional average of 90.5 while striking at 87. The right hand batter has scored four 50+ scores in a row, including 104 against Uganda and 97 against England in the quarter final. Brevis is the best bet for captaincy and will cost you 11 credits. 

Dunith Wellalage has had a great impact in the ongoing U19 WC, with both bat and ball. The Sri Lankan U19 skipper is the top wicket-taker in the tournament, having snared 16 wickets from four matches at an economy of 3.33 and striking every 14.6 balls. Wellalage claimed two five-wicket hauls in the first two games of the WC. He has also scored 111 runs at an average of 28 in low-scoring contests. Wellalage was excellent in the quarterfinal, picking 3 for 36 and scoring 35 with the bat. He is a very good C/VC pick and will cost 10.5 credits. 

Other Key Players 

Matthew Boast is an exciting fast bowler from South Africa who has done well in the tournament. The right arm pacer has claimed 7 wickets in four matches, with two three-fors. Boast went wicketless in the last game but scored unbeaten 22 with the bat. Boast will cost you 9 credits in the MPL XI. 

Vinuja Ranpul was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka in the quarterfinal against Afghanistan, where he claimed 5 for 10 in 9.1 overs. The right arm pacer has 16 wickets from six youth ODIs at a strike rate of 17.6. Ranpul will take up 9 credits in the MPL XI. 

George van Heerden, the South African U19 captain, has done well in the tournament. The middle order batter has scored 190 runs from four innings at an average of 47.5 and strike rate of 84. Van Heerden scored an excellent 111 against Ireland. He comes at 9.5 credits.  

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Uganda U19s vs Scotland U19s 

Uganda and Scotland who haven’t had the best of times in the ongoing Under-19 World Cup, will face off in the 13th place playoff. The two teams will clash at Diego Martin Sports Complex on Sunday. 

Uganda U19s finished at the bottom of the table in Group B, having lost their three games against India, South Africa and Ireland. They then lost to the United Arab Emirates in the Plate quarter-final 1 by one wicket in a close contest. Uganda then faced Papua New Guinea in the 13th place playoff semi-final, overcoming by 35 runs. Batting first, Uganda were skittled out for just 123, with Cyrus Kakuru top scoring with 65. Their bowlers did an exceptional job to knock down PNG for 88, with Juma Miyaji taking 4/29 and Joseph Baguma picking 3/30. 

Scotland suffered the same fate in the group stage, finishing at the bottom in Group D after losing all three games against Sri Lanka, Australia and West Indies. They then took a 108-run hammering at the hands of Zimbabwe in the Plate quarter-final 3. Their 13th place playoff semi-final clash against Canada was abandoned without a ball being bowled and they advanced through for this fixture. Scotland will be desperate to take at least one win from the tournament. 

Captain and Vice-captain 

Pascal Murungi has been very good for Uganda in the ongoing WC with both bat and ball. The U19 skipper is their top run-scorer with 142 runs from four games at an average of 29, with highest score of 63. Murungi, with his right arm medium pace, has claimed 8 wickets in the tournament at a strike rate of 21.7. With such dual value, it makes sense to have him as the captain of the MPL XI at 10 credits. 

Jack Jarvis has been the best performer from Scotland in this U19 WC. He has scored 112 runs with the bat in four matches at an average of 28, including one fifty against Sri Lanka. Jarvis has also picked 6 wickets with his medium pace at an economy of 4.77, with best figures of 3/46. Jarvis was terrific in the last game against Zimbabwe, claiming three scalps and scoring 24 runs. Jarvis is a good bet for C/VC and will cost you 10 credits. 

MPL Fantasy XI 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

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