Dubai: South Africans finally won a silverware since their readmission into cricket. South Africa - unbeaten in the tournament - thrashed two-time champions Pakistan by six wickets with 47 balls to spare to lift the Under-19 World Cup at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
After bowling out Pakistan for 131, South Africans started badly losing two quick wickets but skipper Aiden Markram and Greg Oldfield steadied them with a solid 71-run stand.
They lost a few wickets late but Markram scored a gritty half-century to ensure South Africa won their first World Cup ever.
Earlier, an impressive bowling from South Africa saw Pakistan bowled out in 44.3 overs.
Electing to bat first, Pakistan lost their both in-form openers - Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq - for a low score. Corbin Bosch and Justin Dill struck with some brilliant bowling to reduce Pakistan to 72/7.
Zafar Gohar then played a responsible knock to get Pakistan past 100. He added 45 runs with Amad Butt (37 not out) to bring some respect to the total for Pakistan. Some lusty blows from Butt in the end helped Pakistan to 131.
Seamer Bosch was the most impressive South African bowler with four for 15 in 7.3 overs.
Pakistan Under-19s : 131 (Bosch 4-15)
South Africa Under-19s : 134 for 4 (Markram 66*)
Result : South Africa Under-19s won by 6 wickets