World Cup 2019: After 3 consecutive losses, South Africa finally get off the mark as they defeat Afghanistan convincingly by 9 wickets.
SOUTH AFRICA VS AFGHANISTAN SCORECARD:
South Africa: 131-1 in 28.4 overs win the match by 9 wickets
Quinton de Kock 68(72) | Hashim Amla: 41(83) | Gulbadin Naib: 1-29
Afghanistan: 125-10 in 34.1 overs
Rashid Khan: 35(25) | Imran Tahir: 4-29 | Chris Morris: 3-13
Player of the Match: Imran Tahir
Happy scenes in the South Africa dug-out as they finally register their maiden win of World Cup 2019 after their convincing win over Afghanistan.
Batting first, Afghanistan have had another good start as their openers added 39 for the first wicket. However, as has been their case in the previous matches, their middle-order just couldn’t capitalize on the good start.
Surprisingly, Afghanistan neglected Kagiso Rabada’s pace really well, but Imran Tahir’s wrist spin and Chris Morris’ proved to be too hot to handle as Afghanistan were bundled out for just 125.
Rashid Khan top-scored for Afghanistan with his 35(25), while Imran Tahir led the South African bowling attack with his spell of 4-29.
It looked like a walk in a park for South Africa, and it proved to be the same. However, for South Africa, it was important that Hashim Amla got back in form, hence, his stay at the crease was most important.
Hashim Amla remained not out on 41(83), while Quinton de Kock with 68(72) played the role of the aggressor for South Africa as they chased the target in 28.4 overs comfortably with 9 wickets in hand.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR AFGHANISTAN?
- Same old problem. The middle-order not being able to capitalize on the good start.
- Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan being ineffective with the ball.
- Imran Tahir’s 2 wickets in the 22nd over.
- Rashid Khan’s hat-trick of fours off Imran Tahir.
- Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock’s first hundred partnership of the World Cup.
Match 23: WEST INDIES VS BANGLADESH
Date: June 17, 2019
Time: 3 pm IST
The match of the dark horses as both the teams would be looking for their second win in the tournament.
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