South Africa vs Kenya
Captain Raynad van Tonder's century set up South Africa's massive 169-run win against Kenya to begin their Under-19 World Cup campaign on a bright note.
Opting to bat, South Africa lost an early wicket but van Tonder (143) combined with unbeaten opener Jiveshan Pillay (62) to put on a 125-run stand for the second wicket that put the innings back on track.
Pillay fell soon after his fifty but van Tonder continued, though with minimal contributions from the middle order batsman, to post his century.
He fell seven short of converting it into a 150, when South Africa's scorecard read 276. Jade de Klerk and Gerald Coetzee then chipped in with brief yet entertaining cameos to take South Africa's score to a mammoth 341 courtesy their unbroken 65-run stand in the final five overs.
Kenya were never in the chase, losing wickets at regular intervals due to the pressure created by having consumed a lot of dots. Their best partnership was for the seventh wicket, with Jasraj Kundi and Ankit Hirani putting on 56 runs together. However, the minnows could manage only 172 form their allotted quota of overs.
Brief scores: South Africa 341/7 in 50 overs (Raynad van Tonder 143, Jiveshan Pillay 62; Jayant Mepani 2-60) beat Kenya 172/7 in 50 overs (Jasraj Kundi 41, Ankit Hirani 35*; Akhona Mnyaka 2-9, Kenan Smith 2-36) by 169 runs.
Sri Lanka vs Ireland
Skipper Kaminu Mendis's all-round show and opener Dhananjaya Lakshan's unbeaten century propelled Sri Lanka to a convincing seven-wicket win over Ireland to kick start their campaign. Ireland opted to bat first with the game being reduced to 48-overs-a-side contest due to early rain.
Openers Jamie Grassi (75) and Mark Donegan (36) helped their side to a solid start with a 73-run partnership but the latter fell in 20th over, triggering a collapse. Mendis picked up three wickets as Ireland could manage only 207. Having done so well with the ball, Sri Lanka's batsmen gave the team a mini scare as Aaron Cawley's twin strikes had the Asian team reeling 51 for 3 in 12 overs.
Lakshan and Mendis then joined hands for a third-wicket partnership worth 157 to guide their team home without any further hiccups. Lakshan hit eight boundaries and a the only six of Sri Lanka's chase, while Mendis slammed six fours in his 73-ball 74 not out.
Brief scores: Ireland 207/8 in 48 overs (Jamie Grassi 75; Kamindu Mendis 3-35) lost to Sri Lanka 208/3 in 37.3 overs (Dhananjaya Lakshan 101*, Kamindu Mendis 74*; Aaron Cawley 2-26) by 7 wickets. (Game reduced to 48 overs per side due to rain).