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2019 World Cup, Match 21: South Africa beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets in Cardiff

After defeats to England, Bangladesh and India, and a washout against West Indies, this was a must-win game for four-time semifinalist South Africa.

India TV Sports Desk [ Published on: June 16, 2019 1:07 IST ]
  • South Africa kickstarted its World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan under the DLS method at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens.
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    South Africa kickstarted its World Cup campaign with a nine-wicket win over Afghanistan under the DLS method at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens.

  • Afghanistan were all out for 125 in 34.1 overs after collapsing from 69/2. Two rain breaks reduced the game to 48 overs with the DLS method slightly adjusting the winning target for the South Africans.
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    Afghanistan were all out for 125 in 34.1 overs after collapsing from 69/2. Two rain breaks reduced the game to 48 overs with the DLS method slightly adjusting the winning target for the South Africans.

  • The 40-year-old spinner Imran Tahir did most of the damage, finishing with 4/29 off seven overs. He also preserved his record as the only spinner at this World Cup to have bowled more than 100 overs and not been hit for a six.  Seamer Chris Morris was even meaner than Tahir, taking 3/13 in 6.1 overs, and Andile Phehlukwayo finished with 2/18 from eight overs.
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    The 40-year-old spinner Imran Tahir did most of the damage, finishing with 4/29 off seven overs. He also preserved his record as the only spinner at this World Cup to have bowled more than 100 overs and not been hit for a six.  Seamer Chris Morris was even meaner than Tahir, taking 3/13 in 6.1 overs, and Andile Phehlukwayo finished with 2/18 from eight overs.

  • Quinton de Kock hit 68, including eight fours, and Hashim Amla was 41 not out in South Africa's 131-1 in 28.4 overs in reply to Afghanistan's 125 all out in 34.1 overs. Because of two rain disruptions, the match was reduced to 48 overs per team with South Africa chasing a winning target of 127.
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    Quinton de Kock hit 68, including eight fours, and Hashim Amla was 41 not out in South Africa's 131-1 in 28.4 overs in reply to Afghanistan's 125 all out in 34.1 overs. Because of two rain disruptions, the match was reduced to 48 overs per team with South Africa chasing a winning target of 127.

  • Amla was cautious but effective in his 83-ball knock which took him to within 24 of the 8,000 ODI runs milestone.
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    Amla was cautious but effective in his 83-ball knock which took him to within 24 of the 8,000 ODI runs milestone.

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