Bowlers, De Kock steer South Africa to a comfortable win over Afghanistan

South Africa put in a pitch-perfect performance to beat Afghanistan in the 21st game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 played at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The bowlers produced a fabulous effort to dismiss Afghanistan for 125 runs. In reply, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla played well to see the side complete the chase in the 28th over of the innings.

Earlier in the day, Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran added 39 run partnership for the opening wicket. Zazai looked in good touch with the bat and scored 22 off 23 balls with the help of three boundaries. Pace bowler Kagiso Rabada dismissed Zazai in the 9th over of the innings. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir delivered a superb delivery to get rid of Zadran for 32 runs.

Chris Morris provided early breakthrough after rain-interruption during Afghanistan innings. The side lost five wickets in space of few overs. Leg-spinner Rashid Khan smashed a quick-fire cameo and scored 35 off 25 balls with the help of six boundaries. Due to Rashid innings, Afghanistan managed to push their beyond 100 runs.

For South Africa, leg-spinner Imran Tahir was the standout performer with the ball and picked up four wickets in the game. Chris Morris also bowled well and picked up three wickets. Andile Phehlukwayo picked up key wickets of Andile Phehlukwayo and Mohammad Nabi in the game.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir picked up a four-wicket haulĀ  to see South Africa register a comfortable win over Afghanistan in a World Cup game played at Cardiff.

Chasing a paltry score of 126 runs, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla got the side off to a steady start and scored 35 runs in the initial 10 overs. De Kock shifted gears and decided to play with freedom as run-rate grew for South Africa. Left-hander brought up his half-century off 58 balls to see South Africa cross 100-run mark in the 23rd over. Mohammad Nabi dismissed de Kock to see South Africa lose their first wicket.

Hashim Amla looked woefully out of form and managed to produce a scratchy innings for South Africa. He scored 43 not out off 83 balls with the help of four fours. All-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo promoted to no.3 in the batting order, chipped in with unbeaten 17 runs with the help of two fours and a six.

Leg-spinner Imran Tahir was awarded man of the match for his magnificent bowling performance against Afghanistan.

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