South Africa beat Afghanistan comfortably by 9 wickets in Cardiff (D/L)
South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl against Afghanistan at the Cardiff Wales Stadium, in their World Cup tie today.
South Africa 131-1 (Quinton de Kock 68, Hashim Amla 41*)
Afghanistan 126 (Rashid Khan 35; Imran Tahir 4-29, Chris Morris 3-13)
Result – South Africa won by 9 wickets (D/L)
Finished with a six - South Africa secure their first win of #CWC19 in style!— ICC (@ICC) 15 June 2019
Imran Tahir set up the victory with four wickets before Quinton de Kock's brisk 68 and a century opening stand sealed the deal against Afghanistan.
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Batting first, Afghanistan started promisingly, reaching 39-0 with loss. However, with the breaking of the opening partnership and, breaks in play for rain, Afghanistan were then bowled out for just 126 - Rashid Khan (35) top scored for Afghanistan and Imran Tahir 4-29 and Chris Morris 3-13 were the pick of the bowlers for South Africa.
In reply, Quinton de Kock (68) and Hashim Amla (41*) batted the Proteas to a comfortable 9 wicket win over Afghanistan. De Kock was out with an opening partnership of 104, leaving Amala and Andile Phehlukwayo to complete the win with just under 20 overs left to bowl. Gulbadin Naib was the only wicket taker for Afghanistan.
This was South Africa’s first win of the tournament and will set them nicely for their next match against New Zealand on June 19th at Edgbaston.
Match Comment - CSA
IMRAN AND PHEHLUKWAYO PUT PROTEAS ON THE WINNING PATH
IMRAN TAHIR and Andile Phehlukwayo blew away the Afghanistan innings with a combined four wickets for just one run in the space of 10 balls to put the Standard Bank Proteas on their way to their first victory of the ICC Men’s World Cup at Cardiff on Saturday.
The Proteas, having dismissed their opponents for 125 runs in 34.1 overs after winning the toss, cantered to their revised DLS total of 127 for the loss of Quinton de Kock’s wicket, the latter making the top contribution of 68 off 72 balls (8 fours). It was his second half-century of the competition and it was encouraging to see one of South Africa’s key batsmen put some consistent form together.
Hashim Amla also got valuable time in the middle (41 off 83 balls, 4 fours) before Phehlukwayo, promoted to No. 3, put the finishing touches to the 9-wicket victory with almost 20 overs to spare.
The match had been reduced to 48 overs per side after two rain interruptions took 88 minutes off the available playing time. Fortunately, thereafter the weather remained fine as the Proteas clocked up a much-needed victory and gave their net run rate a boost at the same time.
Afghanistan had negotiated their way through the first 20 overs up to the second rain break, reaching 69/2, but everything changed thereafter. Phehlukwayo took a wicket with the fourth ball after play resumed and then Imran got two in his first over of the match, starting with his very first delivery to Noor Ali who was bowled by a perfectly pitched googly.
From there, there was no way back as Imran finished with 4/29 and Phehlukwayo with 2/18 before Chris Morris (3/13) cleaned up the tail.
South Africa - Quinton de Kock(wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks
Afghanistan - Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(wk), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan
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