Batting first, South Africa dropped Dale Steyn and enjoyed a good start provided by Quinton de Kock (45). In the middle of the order, Faf du Plessis (41) chipped in with runs too before AB de Villiers upped the ante by hitting 64 runs from 29 balls including dispatching one over for 29 runs. At the end, South Africa ended with 209 runs – yet another 200+ score. In reply, Shahzad gave the Afghans belief with 44 runs from 19 balls but no one really reciprocated the effort. Proteas seamers Morris, Abbott and Rabada did the job to keep Afghanistan and bay to win by 37 runs.
As it happened:
1822 hrs IST: BOWLED! Shapoor Zadran gets bowled and South Africa win by 37 runs.
1818 hrs IST: Dawlat Zadran tries to play a scoop but can’t connect and Morris picks another. Win is neigh!
1815 hrs IST: Rashid Khan hits two consecutive boundaries but falters on the third. Morris bowls a yorker and it dismantles the stumps. Afghanistan are 168/8.
1809 hrs IST: Shinwari departs now as the asking rate climbs. Soft dismissal but can’t really fault them for trying.
1808 hrs IST: After 6 and 4, Rabada has the last laugh as Zadran swings wildly and edges to De Kock.
1807 hrs IST: Now that might help! Zadran hits Rabada for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries to reduce the asking rate.
1746 hrs IST: Zadran goes back! The batsman uses his feet but Tahir reads it throw a flat one and De Kock does the rest.
1738 hrs IST: 100 come up for Afghanistan in 10 overs. Can they keep up the momentum?
1728 hrs IST: Meanwhile bad news for the Proteas as Duminy won’t be returning to the field due to a hamstring strain.
1720 hrs IST: Stanikzai departs. Gets a slight edge and Quinton de Kock takes the catch behind the stumps.
1714 hrs IST: Captain Stanikzai picks up the mantle and hits a maximum off the first ball.
1711 hrs IST: BOWLED! Shahzad tries to give himself room but has his stumps rattled. Afghanistan are 52/1
1709 hrs IST: Afghanistan have their 50 up and only 3.3 overs in!
1705 hrs IST: Shahzad is not done. Despite Rabada’s intimidating bouncer first, Shahzad hits him for a six and a four in the over. Another expensive over.
1659 hrs IST: Fifth ball and another six! Awful over this for Abbott and for South Africa.
1658 hrs IST: Mighty hitting by Shahzad. This one goes a metre longer but same result. SIX!
1657 hrs IST: Meanwhile Duminy has walked away with a hamstring injury.
1657 hrs IST: This time Shahzad hits it from the middle of the bat for a six!
1655 hrs IST: Good over for Afghanistan – 11 from it.
1655 hrs IST: Next ball, he hits it for a four.
1654 hrs IST: Shahzad slices it fine away from third man region for a six from the second ball.
1650 hrs IST: South Africa players are out in the huddle.
1632 hrs IST: Duminy to face the last ball and he hits it for a six. South Africa score 209/5.
1630 hrs IST: Slower delivery and it goes up in the air and it is taken. Miller departs.
1630 hrs IST: This time he places it for a four and 200 come up for South Africa.
1629 hrs IST: In the striking zone for Miller and he strikes it neatly for a six.
1628 hrs IST: Short of length and it is lose but it goes straight to the fielder for another single.
1627 hrs IST: First ball and it is only a single. Good fielding in the deep.
1625 hrs IST: An over to go and South Africa are 189/4.
1617 hrs IST: SIX and then OUT! AB’s job is done. His brilliant cameo is over at 64 from 29 balls. Four fours and five sixes!
1610 hrs IST: First ball of the 17th and AB goes on the backfoot for a six. Next ball, he tries to replicate the same but the fielder can’t reach it and it rolls over for a four. Third ball and it goes for a six down the ground. Forth ball and its yet another six. Fifth ball, a repeat of the first ball, yet another six. Plays it for a single off the last ball. 29 runs from that over.
1605 hrs IST: After 15 overs, South Africa are 131/3. How many will they get?
1558 hrs IST: DROP! Shenwari has dropped AB! You just don’t do that. He has his head in his hands – he knows what has just happened.
1558 hrs IST: Attendance:
Total number of spectators at Wakhede Stadium for SA vs Afghanistan game 8450
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1550 hrs IST: WICKET! De Kock gets an under edge and Mohammad Shahzad behind the stumps just about holds on.
1542 hrs IST: Upside for Afghanistan is that they have a wicket. Downside is that AB de Villiers has come to the crease.
1541 hrs IST: OUT! Faf hits it straight to the fielder and the fielder returns the throw at the striker’s end for keeper to remove the bails. Goes to the third umpire and he is short. Rather soft.
1540 hrs IST: Faf strides forward and opens the face of the bat to beat extra cover fielder. FOUR!
1527 hrs IST: Good over for South Africa. 17 from it. South Africa are 66/1 after the first Power Play.
1525 hrs IST: Faf plays it late to beat the man at point and the fielder on the ropes runs but with this fast an outfield, he stands no chance. FOUR!
1523 hrs IST: SIX! This time De Kock hits it over the cover region. Lovely sound of the bat!
1523 hrs IST: SIX! De Kock hits straight over the bowler’s head for a six!
1520 hrs IST: Meaty strike off the willow. Faf takes two steps forward and thumps Zadran for a beautifully struck four.
1516 hrs IST: Faf gives himself room once again and this time goes over the in-field for yet another four.
1515 hrs IST: After three dot balls by Nabi, Faf gives himself room to play it on to the off-side for a four.
1511 hrs IST: Beautifully played by Faf! First ball and he plays it late to through the vacant cordon for a boundary.
1510 hrs IST: OUT! Hashim Amla chips it to mid-off where skipper Stanikzai takes a simple catch. South Africa are 25/1.
1506 hrs IST: Zadran with the criminal act of giving de Kock width and is deservedly dispatched for a four. South Africa are 21/0 after 2 overs.
1504 hrs IST: de Kock gets front foot out of the way to work the ball away for another four.
1502 hrs IST: More width and this time it is placed on to the off-side for a four. Good start for South Africa.
1501 hrs IST: Next ball, de Kock goes on one knee to sweep for yet another boundary.
1500 hrs IST: Hamza offers de Kock width and the leftie goes on backfoot for a four.
1450 hrs IST: Major change for South Africa: Dale Steyn sits out as David Wiese comes in.
1441 hrs IST: Teams:
AFG XI: M Shahzad, N Zadran, A Stanikzai, G Naib, M Nabi, S Shenwari, N Zadran, R Khan, A Hamza, D Zadran, S Zadran
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLive) March 20, 2016
SA XI: Q de Kock, H Amla, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, D Miller, C Morris, K Abbott, D Wiese, K Rabada, I Tahir
— ICC Live Scores (@ICCLive) March 20, 2016
1440 hrs IST: Toss: South Africa have won the toss and opted to bat first.
Hashim Amla on Saturday said his team would not take Afghanistan lightly in their must-win Super 10 Group 1 game of World T20on Sunday, especially after the “minnows” good show with the bat against Sri Lanka.
Stanikzai on Saturday said that the spin department was their strength and he expects his bowlers to do well against South Africa on the Wankhede pitch.