CARDIFF – South Africa lastly received a World Cup win below their belt as they eased to a nine-wicket overcome Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens on Saturday to maintain alive their hopes of a semi-final berth.
The South Africans set concerning the barely adjusted goal of 127 from 48 overs in cautious trend, reaching 131-1 with 19 overs to spare.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put collectively a 104-run opening wicket partnership earlier than De Kock was dismissed for 68.
Imran Tahir grabbed three fast wickets to assist South Africa skittle Afghanistan for simply 125 in 34.1 overs. The wily legspinner ended with 4-29 in seven overs after Faf du Plessis had gained the toss and requested Afghanistan to bat first with the innings twice interrupted by some showers ensuing within the match being diminished to 48 overs per aspect.
Afghanistan have been 69 for 2 after 20 overs on the second interruption and the introduction of Tahir after the resumption of resulted in Afghanistan dropping 5 wickets for simply eight runs in 20 deliveries.
A late onslaught from allrounder Rashid Khan (35), who struck six boundaries, together with 14 runs from Tahir’s seventh over, ended when Rashid launched the spinner in direction of deep mid-wicket the place Rassie van der Dussen took a measured catch on the rope.
Afghanistan had made a gradual begin with Hazratullah Zazai (22) and Noor Ali Zadran (32) posting a good 39 runs for the primary wicket but it surely was Kagiso Rabada (8-1-36-1) who made the primary breakthrough after the primary rain interruption, having the left-handed Hazratullah caught by Van der Dussen on the sq. leg boundary, working in and taking a superb catch low down.
Rahmat Shah (6) struggled to maneuver the ball round, lasting all of 22 balls earlier than a straight ball from Chris Morris (6.1-2-13-3) had the righthander caught on the crease and given out leg earlier than.
Then the rain got here down, forcing the gamers off the sphere for the second time and the Proteas fought again brilliantly after the second resumption.
Tahir’s first ball noticed the center stump of Noor Ali disturbed and simply 4 balls later the legspinner was at it once more, having Asghar Afghan (0) caught and bowled. Andile Phehlukwayo (8-1-18-2) then received Mohammad Nabi enjoying on for only a single two balls later.
Aiden Markram then took an instinctive catch at quick mid-wicket off Tahir in his subsequent over with the captain Gulbadin Naib pulling a brief ball from the legspinner for simply 5 to go away Afghanistan on a precarious 77 for seven.
Hazratullah c der Dussen b Rabada 22
Noor Zadran b Imran Tahir 32
Rahmat Shah lbw b Morris 6
Hashmat c du Plessis b Phehlukwayo 8
Asghar Afghan c & b Imran Tahir 0
M Nabi b Phehlukwayo 1
Ikram Alikhil c Amla b Morris 9
Gulbadin c Markram b Imran Tahir 5
Rashid Khan c der Dussen b Imran 35
Hamid Hassan c du Plessis b Morris 0
Aftab Alam not out 0
EXTRAS: (lb4, w3) 7
TOTAL: (all out; 34.1 overs) 125
FOW: 1-39, 2-56, 3-69, 4-69, 5-70, 6-70, 7-77, 8-111, 9-125, 10-125
BOWLING: Okay Rabada 8-1-36-1, B Hendricks 5-1-25-0, A Phehlukwayo 8-1-18-2, C Morris 6.1-2-13-3, Imran Tahir 7-0-29-4
H Amla not out 41
Q de Kock c Nabi b Gulbadin 68
A Phehlukwayo not out 17
EXTRAS: (lb1, w4) 5
TOTAL: (1 wkts; 28.Four overs) 131
BOWLING: Aftab Alam 5-1-16-0, Hamid Hassan 4-1-11-0, Rashid Khan 7-0-45-0, Gulbadin Naib 6-0-29-1, M Nabi 6.4-0-29-0
TOSS: South Africa
UMPIRES: C Gaffaney, R Palliyaguruge
TV UMPIRE: Ian Gould
MATCH REFEREE: Andy Pycroft