ICC World Twenty20, Match 20: South Africa vs Afghanistan - As it happened...
In a big scoring game South Africa outshone minnows Afghanistan to collect two points.
New Delhi: In the 20th match of the ICC World T20, South Africa led by Faf du Plessis beat minnows Afghanistan by 37 runs.
Over 20 | Score 172/10 (Amir Hamza 3)
Rabada to bowl the last over of the match, which is just a formality as the match is virtually over. Rabada bamboozled Shapoor Zadran wicket off the last ball as South Africa beat minnows Afghanistan by 37 runs.
Over 19 | Score 169/9 (Amir 1)
Morris got his dues as he picked two more wickets his last over in the form of Rashid and Zardan. Afghanistan need 41 runs with off 6 balls.
Dawlat Zadran b Morris 0 (2b)
Rashid Khan b Morris 11 (7b)
Over 18 | Score 159/7 (Zadran 0, Rashid 3)
Abbott picked up his 2nd wicket in the form of Samiullah Shenwari. Three runs from the over. Afghanistan need 51 runs with off 12 balls.
Samiullah Shenwari c Wiese b Abbott 25 (14b)
Over 17 | Score 156/6 (Shenwari 25)
N Zadran hit Rabada for a six and a boundary in the first three balls. But Rabada has the last laugh as he sent the batsman back in the hut off the last ball.
Najibullah Zadran c de Kock b Rabada 12 (8b)
Over 16 | Score 146/5 (Zadran 2; Shenwari 25)
Tahir picked up his 2nd wicket in the form of M Nabi. Another superb over by the leg-spinner. Six from the over along with a wicket. Afghanistan need 64 runs with off 24 balls.
Mohammad Nabi c de Villiers b Imran Tahir 11 (14b)
Over 15 | Score 140/4 (M Naib 5; Shenwari 20)
Wiese to continue. Nabi picked a boundary off the first ball. Then came two singles and a wide. Last ball another single. Eight from the over. Afghanistan need 70 runs with off 30 balls.
Over 14 | Score 132/4 (M Naib 5; Shenwari 20)
Chris Morris back to bowl his 3rd over. Minnows are still scoring runs at a pace of RR of 9.42. Shenwari got his 3rd boundary via thick edge towards third man. Eight from the over. Afghanistan need 78 runs with off 36 balls.
Over 13 | Score 124/4 (M Naib 4; Shenwari 13)
Wiese to bowl his 3rd over. Shenwari is looking in good nick. He collected two boundaries in the over as the seamer leaked 14 in it.
Over 12 | Score 110/4 (M Naib 3; Shenwari 1)
Another brave knock came to an end as Tahir beat Noot Ali in the air and wicket-keeper De Kock dislodged the bails within a flash. Samiullah Shenwari has come to the middle.
Noor Ali Zadran st de Kock b Imran Tahir 25 (24b)
Over 11 | Score 106/3 (M Naib 1; Zadran 24)
Abbott back in action. Naib Out! His cameo came to an end as he edged a slower one to the wicket-keeper. Mohammad Nabi walked into bat.
Gulbadin Naib c de Kock b Abbott 26 (18b)
Over 10 | Score 103/2 (Naib 25; Zadran 23)
Wiese with his 2nd over. Zadran flicked him for a six over mid-wicket. Afghanistan have crossed the 100-run mark. Both the batsmen are hitting boundaries at will. Again ten from the over.
Over 9 | Score 93/2 (Naib 23; Zadran 15)
Tahir to continue. Naib hit the leggie over extra covers to his first six of the match. A clean shot by the stylish right-hander. Ten from the over.
Over 8 | Score 68/2 (Naib 16; Zadran 12)
David Wiese with his 1st over. The seamer proved expensive as first Nabi welcomed him with two boundaries off his first two balls and then from the last came another boundary, this from Zadran's willow. 15 from the over.
Over 7 | Score 68/2 (Naib 6; Zadran 7)
Imran Tahir into the attack. Tight over first up by the premier South African leggie. Four runs from the over.
Over 6 | Score 64/2 (Naib 4; Zadran 5)
Morris picked up his 2nd wicket as he got the better of Stanikzai. Excellent over by the pacer as he gave mere four runs and picked a crucial wicket.
Asghar Stanikzai c de Kock b Morris 7 (6b)
Over 5 | Score 60/1 (Stanikzai 7; Zadran 5)
Abbott to bowl his 2nd over. Stanikzai is the new man in. And he slapped the bowler for a six over point region. What a hit! Eight from the over.
Over 4 | Score 52/1 (Stanikzai 0; Zadran 4)
Opener Mohammad Shahzad is on fire. He has reached to 44 of 18 balls. He has given his side a perfect start they were looking for. What a player he is! Shahzad OUT! Morris rattled his middle stump.
Mohammad Shahzad b Morris 44 (19b)
South Africa innings
Over 20 | Score 209/5
Duminy ended the SA innings with six straight back over the bowler's head.
D Miller c Gulbadin Naib b Dawlat Zadran 19 (8b)
Over 18 | Score 179/3
Mohammad Nabi got the prized wicket of AB who was looking extremely dangerous, Some relief for the Afghans.
AB de Villiers c Noor Ali Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 64 (29b)
Over 17 | Score 167/3
Young Rashid experienced the full force of AB in that over. The right-hander clobbered four sixes and a four to complete his fifty off just 24 balls.
Over 14 | Score 122/3
Another productive over for the Proteas, as AB and Duminy picked up a boundary each off Rashid Khan's bowling.
Over 12 | Score 99/3
The wicketkeeper-batsman departed after doing his job. The left-hander has offered a solid platform for the middle-order batsmen.
Q de Kock c Mohammad Shahzad b Amir Hamza 45 (31b)
Over 10 | Score 92/2
Oops! SA skipper has run himself out just when his side was cruising. In walks AB de Villiers.
F du Plessis run out 41 (27b)
Over 5 | Score 49/1
After a successful first over, Shapoor Zadran failed to maintain the pressure on SA batsmen. Du Plessis and De Kock scored one boundary each off that over.
Over 4 | Score 38/1
Mohammad Nabi was brought in to the attack. But that made no difference to Faf du Plesses who welcomed him with two hits to fence.
Over 3 | Score 30/1
Shapoor Zadran was introduced into the attack. The left-arm pacer delivered an early breakthrough, sending Amla back in to the hut.
Amla c Asghar Stanikzai b Shapoor Zadran 5 (5b)
Over 2 | Score 21/0
More runs. De Kock picks up two more fours in the second over from Dawlat Zadran . The Afghans need to keep things tight or they could be chasing a record total today.
Over 1 | Score 12/0
Quiton de Kock got SA off to a superb start, hitting three boundaries in Amir Hamza's first over.
Toss and team news
Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first.
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
AFGXI: M Shahzad, N Zadran, A Stanikzai, G Naib, M Nabi, S Shenwari, N Zadran, R Khan, A Hamza, D Zadran, S Zadran
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