'Future of SA Cricket' - Fans react as Kwena Maphaka claims second five-wicket haul in Men's U-19 World Cup 2024

Kwena Maphaka claimed his second five-wicket haul in the ongoing Men's Under-19 World Cup 2024; he scalped his first five-wicket haul in the tournament against West Indies U19.

Mathew K
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Kwena Maphaka, South Africa U19, Men's Under-19 World Cup 2024 (File Photo:X)

Kwena Maphaka, South Africa U19, Men's Under-19 World Cup 2024 (File Photo:X)

South Africa U19 pacer Kwena Maphaka has stunned everyone with his sensational performance in the ongoing Men’s Under-19 World Cup 2024. He scalped his second five-wicket haul in the tournament with another outstanding bowling spell and now, it came in the super-six match against Zimbabwe U19.

Maphaka claimed 5 wickets just at the cost of 34 runs in his quota of 10 overs, including one maiden over. Earlier in the tournament at the same venue, he scalped 5 wickets just at the cost of 38 runs against West Indies U19 in the first group-stage match of South Africa U19 in the tournament.

He has scalped 12 wickets so far in the tournament and is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, alongside India’s Saumy Pandey and Pakistan’s Ubaid Shah (both with 12 wickets each). Maphaka’s five-wicket haul helped the Proteas U19 to bundle out the Zimbabwean side just at the score of 102 runs in 29.2 overs.

Kwena Maphaka's brilliance restricts Zimbabwe to a low total

Besides the fiery spell of Maphaka, Tristan Luus also picked three wickets and conceded only 25 runs in 7.2 overs, including one maiden over on his credit. Riley Norton also bagged one wicket and ended up as the most economical bowler for South Africa U19 in this match against Zimbabwe U19. Norton conceded only 7 runs, including 2 maidens, with an unbelievable economy rate of just 1.40.

A win in the ongoing match against Zimbabwe U19 is very crucial for South Africa U19 as they will be eyeing to strengthen their chances to secure a spot in the knockout stage of the tournament.

Speaking of Zimbabwe’s batting in the first innings, Ronak Patel and Ryan Kamwemba were the only batters to cross the individual mark of 20+ runs, with the knocks of 34 and 24 runs, respectively; later in the end, Mashfor Shungu also contributed with 17 runs, hitting 3 fours to help Zimbabwe somehow post a total of 102 runs on the board.

Here’s how fans reacted to Kwena Maphaka scalping second five-wicket haul:



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