Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Q de Kock
Q de Kock
68(72) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 12 7 5 29 6 0 9
HM Amla
HM Amla
41(83) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 7 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
6 5 7 5 6 1 8 3

Best performances - Bowlers

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O7
M0
R29
W4
Eco4.14
RHB
OFFLEG
3W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CH Morris
CH Morris
O6.1
M2
R13
W3
Eco2.10
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Andrew Miller

8.10pm That's it from Andrew Miller, Hemant Brar and Thilak Rama. Don't forget to tune in bright and early tomorrow. I hear there's something brewing up at Old Trafford ...

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8pm So, there's not a lot left to see here. South Africa have a win at last, but I'm afraid to say that whatever is eating Afghanistan is looking pretty terminal. A match-up between two hugely flawed teams today, and it made for some attritional viewing.

Ravi: "With this win, SA are in exactly same position as Pak in 1992 World Cup after 5 matches. 3 losses, 1 NR and 1 win." This is very, very true. And if they can somehow find their way past New Zealand at Edgbaston later this week, they've got, in theory, winnable games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka to come. But they've got to find some inspiration with the bat ... I'm not holding my breath

Faf du Plessis, South Africa's captain, is simply relieved to be up and running. "Today was a good day for us. It was important to get a good start, the wicket was not conducive to spin. Morris and Tahir were fantastic in the middle overs, and Tahir singlehandedly made us a strong team in the last two years with his ability to take wickets in the middle overs."

On the tedious run-chase, he adds: "Quinton plays quite freely but it was important for him to see off the new ball. We needed a 60 or 70-run stand and we could work on the run rate later. It was important for Amla to get among the runs, in the next four games, net run-rate is not going to play a massive role if you win those games. We need Hashim to score runs for us, so he needed a not-out innings today.

Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan's captain: "We repeated the same mistake again. We did well against the fast bowlers but the batsmen didn't take responsibility in the middle overs. We have a lot of batsmen with Rashid Khan coming at 9. Asghar is a senior player that's why we gave him a chance. Najib is an outstanding batsman, we'll have him in the team in the upcoming matches. We need to play better cricket."

Imran Tahir is Man of the Match for his 4 for 29 "I really enjoyed that, the way it came out, it was more important for me to play my role for the team, nice to have a first victory in our pocket. We were really up for it, we can't control the weather, but we wanted the intensity to stay in the game. All in all a very pleasing performance."

7.57pm And draw breath... the tension nearly killed me there... Amla finishes with 41 not out from 83 balls, a nice leisurely net that ought to set him up for better things. But seriously, I know getting a win at all costs was all that mattered today, but this South Africa side will be roadkill with that attitude for the rest of the tournament ...

Sones: "This win won't help SA. Actually it will have a negative effect on their confidence. Nobody will appreciate them for this approach. "

28.4
6
Mohammad Nabi to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs, woo-hoo! Down the ground and into the stands! South Africa gallop to a nine-wicket win with a massive 21.2 overs to spare! At least, that's what the scorecard will say at any rate...
28.3
0
Mohammad Nabi to Phehlukwayo, no run, solid front-foot forward defence! Impeccable!

Anshit : "Wasn't Andile sent to finish things in hurry?" Err ... yeah

28.2
1
Mohammad Nabi to Amla, 1 run, flicked to leg ...
28.1
0
Mohammad Nabi to Amla, no run, nope, no contact.

END OF OVER:
28 | 3 Runs | SA: 124/1 (3 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 0.15)

  • Andile Phehlukwayo11 (15b)
  • Hashim Amla40 (81b)
  • Aftab Alam5-1-16-0
  • Mohammad Nabi6-0-22-0

Good grief this is desperate. As miserable an experience as covering England's dismal post-elimination victory over Afghanistan at the 2015 World Cup ... and that's saying something!

27.6
0
Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, no run, there's the ambitious swing! But he completely loses his shape as the ball dribbles to midwicket.
27.5
0
Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, no run, full and straight, and pushed to mid-off ... for the love of God ... won't someone have a swing!