South Africa vs Afghanistan highlights: South Africa opened their account at the ongoing World Cup, as the Proteas secured an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan. Chasing a mere target of 127, the opening duo of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock got South Africa to a great start. The pair added 104 for the first wicket before De Kock was removed by Afghan skipper Gulbadin Naib on 68.
Earlier in the day, Imran Tahir and Chris Morris’ clinical bowling figures helped South Africa bundle Afghanistan on 125 in 34.1 overs. Tahir, who was introduced in the 22nd over of the match ran havoc over Afghanistan middle order. The leggie picked a couple of wickets in his first over and added two more to his tally. Morris, on the other hand, gave away 13 runs in the 6.1 overs he bowled and scalped three wickets.
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019Sophia Gardens, Cardiff 17 July 2019
South Africa 131/1 (28.4)
Afghanistan 125 (34.1)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 21 ) South Africa beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets (D/L method)
South Africa vs Afghanistan highlights:
South Africa defeat Afghanistan by 9 wickets
A tossed up delivery and Andile Phehlukwayo slams it straight over the bowler's head to help South Africa secure their first win at World Cup. They defeat Afghanistan by 9 wickets.
De Kock's inning comes to an end
Gulbadin Naib strikes as Afghanistan finally break the 104-run stand between de Kock and Amla. The former departs after scoring 68 off 72 balls. It was fullish delivery and the wicketkeeper-batsman went for the lofted drive but only to be caught by Mohammad Naib inside the 30-yard circle.
SA bring up 100
Another length delivery pitched outside off by Gulbadin Naib and Amla goes to backfoot and opens his blade for a single towards point to bring up the 100-run opening stand between him and de Kock.
De Kock completes half-century
An uppish delivery by Rashid Khan and de Kock goes to his knees and hammers it towards the deep mid-wicket area for a boundary. In the process, the wicketkeeper-batsman also completes his second half-century of the tournament.
Amla and de Kock construct 50 run opening stand
A short delivery by Rashid Khan and de Kock opens the face of the bat and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. With this four, Amla and de Kock add over 50 runs for the first wicket.
HALF-TON | SA 53/0, 13 overs— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 15 June 2019
A boundary down the deep backward point brings up the fifty-run partnership between De Kock and Amla, keeping-out the good deliveries and running the singles quickly, cashing-in on the bad ones. #ProteaFire?? #SAvAFG #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/QUuY5Q7idO
End of the first powerplay
Chasing 127, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla help South Africa reach 35/0 at the end of the first powerplay. The Proteas now require another 92 in 229 deliveries.
As per the DL method, the target has been revised and the overs are reduced. South Africa need to make 127 in 48 overs.
South Africa start cautiuosly
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock start cautiously as South Africa reach 11/0 at the end of 4 overs.
Chris Morris hammers the final nail in the coffin as Afghanistan are bundled out on 125. Tahir with four wickets and Morris with three scalps emerged as the standout performers among the Proteas bowlers.
Imran Tahir is on fire as he picks up his fourth wicket of the match as Rashid Khan's cameo is over as he departs after making 35 off 25 balls. It was a short delivery and Rashid played a lofted shot towards the deep mid-wicket area but only to be caught by van der Dussen that too right in front of the boundary ropes.
Chris Morris picks his second wicket of the match as Ikram Ali walks back to the pavilion on 9. It was a short of a length ball angled towards the batsman and Ali gets a thickish outside edge, which went straight to Hashim Amla at first slip, who made no mistakes at the end.
Wicket number 3 for Imran Tahir
That's wicket number 3 for Imran Tahir as Aiden Markram takes a brilliant catch to send Gulbadin Naib back to the pavilion on 5. It was back of a length delivery and Naib pulled it towards the mid-wicket area. However, Markram had other ideas as he moved to his right and completed a splendid catch to stun the batsman as well as the spectators.
Afghanistan in deep trouble
Afghanistan in deep trouble as they lose their fourth wicket in 10 balls. A length delivery pitched just outside the off-stump by Andile Phehlukwayo and Mohammad Nabi drags it on to his stumps. Nabi departs on 1.
Second wicket for Imran Tahir in his first over. This time the leggie takes a sharp catch on his follow through to send Asghar Afghan back to pavilion on duck.
Noor Ali's resistance comes to an end as Imran Tahir cleans him up in his first ball of the match. The opener departs after scoring 32 off 58 balls.
GIMME IMMY!— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) June 15, 2019
A magic bowling change by #FafDuPlessis, after the rain, Imran Tahir was thrown the ball by his skipper and he delivers two wickets in one over. Here’s that brilliant over again.#ProteaFire🔥 #SAvAFG #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/4LSQSQ2KXA
Just the start South Africa were looking for, Andile Phehlukwayo strikes in the first over after the contest resumes as Faf du Plessis take a sharp catch at slips to dismiss Hashmatullah Shahidi on 8.
After two rain interruption, two overs have been reduced and it will now be a 48-overs-a-side contest.
The sun is out but the drizzle continues at the Sophia Gardens. The action is likely to resume in a few minutes.
AFG innings so far
1-10 overs: 43/1
10-20 overs: 26/1
AFG are batting on 69/2 at the end of 20 overs before rain once again interrupts the play at Cardiff.
Good review by Noor Ali
A full-length delivery by Andile Phehlukwayo and it hits Noor Ali right on his back pad. The South African players jump in the air appealing for LBW and umpire also feel that they've got their man. However, Noor Ali takes his time and after a brief discussion with his partner at the other end decides to review the decision. The Snickometer during the TV replay confirms that there was an inside edge before the ball struck the pads. Not out is the final call.
Chris Morris strikes!
After missing out on a couple of chances earlier, Chris Morris finally gets his first wicket of the match. Afghanistan lose their second batsman as Rahmat Shah is trapped LBW on 6. A full-length delivery with a hint of inswing and Rahmat fails to make any contact while trying to work the ball on the onside. The ball hits the pads and umpire raises his finger. However, Rahmat is not happy with the decision and goes for a review. TV replay shows that the ball was clipping the leg stumps and the batsman has to depart.
WICKET! ??— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 15 June 2019
Chris Morris traps Rahmat Shah in front of the wicket, and the Afghanistan batsman has to walk after an unsuccessful review.
FOLLOW #SAvAFG ?? https://t.co/1Pwa3jahvz#ProteaFire#AfghanAtalan pic.twitter.com/YnrCKuKQwr
50-up for AFG
A short delivery by Chris Morris and Rahmat Shah pulls it towards the square leg boundary for a four to help Afghanistan edge past the 50-run-mark.
An uppish delivery by Andile Phehlukwayo gets the outside edge of Noor Ali's bat and goes straight to Faf du Plessis at slips. The skipper after collecting the ball straightaway points towards the square leg umpire and asks him to refer it upstairs. TV replay shows that the ball bounced right in front of Faf at second slip.
Van der Duusen takes a good diving catch at deep mid-wicket to send Hazratullah Zazai back to pavilion on 22. It was a short delivery by Rabada and the batsman tried to clear the square leg fence. However, the batsman didn't get the connection he would have hoped for as Van der Duusen runs forward to complete a splendid diving catch.
Excellent over by Kagiso Rabada
An excellent over by Kagiso Rabada comes to an end as only one run comes from it. Noor Ali was twice surprised by the extra bounce generated by the young pacer. AFG reach 34/0 at the end of 7 overs.
The players are back on the pitch and the action resumes.
Match to resume soon
Good news coming from Cardiff, the rain has stopped and covers are being taken off.
Rain interrupts play
The match has been interrupted after a slight drizzle in Cardiff. Covers are on and so are the umbrellas as AFG are batting on 33/0 at the end of 5.5 overs.
Afghanistan start cautiously
Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali are off to a cautious start as Afghanistan reach 25/0 at the end of five overs. Hazratullah is batting on 16, while his partner Noor is on 8.
Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali are at the crease. Hazratullah Zazai is on strike. Rabada will open the attack. LETS PLAY!
Gulbadin Naib at Toss:
"Honestly I would have liked to bowl first as well. The whole last week it has been raining. We have practiced for the last 3-4 days and hopefully, we do well. There is one change, Najibullah is not playing and Asghar is playing. He is an experienced player and we need to have him on the field."
Pitch report by Shaun Pollock
Plenty of grass on the wicket and you can make things happen as a bowler. There will be plenty of movement if you hit the deck around the good length area. It could be challenging for few batsmen.
Faf du Plessis at Toss:
"We are going to have a bowl first. Just the nature of the week, it has been raining a lot and the pitch has been under covers. With some rain around it gives you a clear indication on what to do. We haven't played any cricket since that (West Indies) game. So, there was no need to change the team. This week has been a lot of rain and not ideal in terms of getting time in the nets. We have had some really good team chats on where we want to go as a team and hopefully we see some of that in action. We want to release the guys. There is a lot of stuff we need to worry about on the day but it is also important to get away. The World Cup is a long tournament and we need to make sure the guys are really fresh when they get on the pitch."
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali khil(w), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks
South Africa have won the toss and elected to field. This is the first time South Africa and Afghanistan will face each other in #ODI cricket!
We can still makew it in the last four: Mark Boucher
Former South African wicketkeeper believes the Proteas can still make it to the final four only if the weather plays its part.
I’ve been quiet throughout this whole WCup! We can still make the last 4 btw, if the weather plays its part ... chances are slim, but let’s hold on to that!— mark boucher (@markb46) 14 June 2019
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