Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    8.2 finally South Africa get their field positions right! Length ball around off, Zazai knows one way to deal with those, backs away and goes for the pull, doesn't quite middle it and van der Dussen takes a low catch sliding in from deep midwicket 39/1
    21.1 bowled him first ball! That's a massive arrival, a ripper of a googly, pitch-perfect, on off stump, twisting through the gate as Noor has no idea what's hit him. Catch me if you can, you can imagine the rest from Tahir! 69/4
    15.1 fuller on the stumps, Rahmat Shah looks to flick it away and misses, struck in front and given. Rahmat has a discussion with his partner goes for the review just in time. The only question is if it was heading down. Pitched in line, impact in front of middle and leg, and would have gone on to just clip the leg stump. Umpire's call there and that means Rahmat has to walk back 56/2
    20.4 driven, with hard hands, outside off, and a fat edge is gobbled at slip! Precisely the restart that South Africa needed. Hasmatullah was lured by one that seemed just that touch too close to leave alone, but the angle kept taking it away from his best intentions 69/3
    21.5 looped up, leading edge, Tahir gobbles the catch in his followthrough and flees the scene as if he's just scrumped an apple from an angry farmer! This is an utter meltdown from Afghanistan, completely unsettled by the interruption. Asghar was playing across the line outside off, again no clue which way the ball was biting. There's trouble at t'mill now... 70/5
    22.1 back of a length, outside off, a flaccid waft of a cut, and he's only gone and wrecked his own stumps! Nabi was the glue in this lower order, the man who might be relied upon to rebuild. But that was too close to cut and the under-edge does the rest! 70/6
    32.4 edged and gone! Morris earns his reward for line and length, slanting into the left-hander, demanding a shot, and just nipping away enough to be taken in the bread-basket of first slip. Routine dismissal, and South Africa's post-rain rampage picks up pace again 111/8
    25.2 a filthy long-hop, an outstanding pluck! Absolutely nothing is going for Afghanistan! Tahir let one slip, halfway down the track, all the time in the world for Gulbadin to pick his spot. But he chose a telegraphed spank through midwicket, and Aiden Markram reached high above his head to pluck down a blinder in both hands! 77/7
    33.5 crashed over the leg side, but van der Dussen is right back on the rope! It was a quicker delivery, and Rashid picked it well, but he needed to get under the ball more to clear deep midwicket. That's probably curtains for Afghanistan, but it was fun while it lasted... 125/9
    34.1 slogged into the sky to seal the deal! That was short and to the point. Back of a length, whack it wherever ... except straight up in the air of course. Any number of fielders could have converged, but the skipper took responsibility, standing almost on the umpire's toes to gather. 125/10
    not out
    7 (lb 4, w 3)
    125 all out (34.1 Overs, RR: 3.65)
    Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Hazratullah Zazai, 8.2 ov), 2-56 (Rahmat Shah, 15.1 ov), 3-69 (Hashmatullah Shahidi, 20.4 ov), 4-69 (Noor Ali Zadran, 21.1 ov), 5-70 (Asghar Afghan, 21.5 ov), 6-70 (Mohammad Nabi, 22.1 ov), 7-77 (Gulbadin Naib, 25.2 ov), 8-111 (Ikram Alikhil, 32.4 ov), 9-125 (Rashid Khan, 33.5 ov), 10-125 (Hamid Hassan, 34.1 ov)
    K Rabada813614.50325020
    BE Hendricks512505.00215010
    AL Phehlukwayo811822.25361000
    CH Morris6.121332.10301000
    Imran Tahir702944.14243000

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