Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | AFG: 172/10 (38 runs required, RR: 8.60)

  • Amir Hamza3 (6b)
  • Kagiso Rabada4-0-37-2
  • Chris Morris4-0-27-4

6:25pm: Morris is the Man of the Match: Very happy. That was a performance, but more happy we got the win. It was a similar wicket to the one against England. I tried to bowl quick as I can, unfortunately some guys travelled. Nagpur has been turning, and the spinners will be licking their lips. We have a couple of days to recuperate.

Faf, South Africa captain: Completely honest, yes I felt like that (Déjà vu of the England game?). It is tough and you are under pressure. You need somebody to stand up. Today, we had Chris Morris. But we need to get better in the first three overs. We need just a bit of aggression. We pride on bowling and aggression. Once again, the batting was solid. The extras was not much as the other day, but it has let us down. Still, there is a lot of work to be done. I think we are going to a different continent for the next game. Hopefully, we can make the adjustments quicker than the opposition.

Stanikzai, Afghanistan captain: The total was too high. The wicket was good for batting. This experience will be good for us. Shahzad started well and unfortunately we gave some quick wickets and that's why we lost the match. We will try our best in the next game.

Shahzad biffed 44 off 19 balls to give Afghanistan belief in a steep chase. Noor Ali, Naib, and Shenwari all pitched in with cameos, but Morris' pace did it for South Africa. Abbott hit back after being taken to the cleaners by Shahzad. Tahir was tight, but the bowling upfront was tripe.

Afghanistan did show that they belong to the Super 10s, again. What a spirited chase.

That is all we have for you from this match. Do swing over for the SL-WI clash. Another potential slogathon looms, in Bangalore. Gnasher is awaiting your company there. Ian Chappell and Mahela Jayawardene are the guests on ESPNcricinfo Match Day, which you can view on the right hand side of that scorecard or from our homepage. Cheerio!

Vahed: "A lot of respect for afghnistan.. Good fight..good days ahead... "

sumit: "Well done Afg. Credit to Inzy."

Shashi: "Afg showed that they have that mettle to become one of the top sides. And Shahzad has a great future."

Raja: "But for the 29 run over by AB, this could have been much closer. Great fight by AFG here. "

george: "Morris was the difference between the 2 teams.. He should get MOM"

Rabada to Shapoor Zadran, OUT, Rabada hurls a yorker and cleans him up. Shapoor backs away outside leg, Rabada hits the blockhole and the leg stump. The No.11 can't dig it out. SA win by 37 runs, they stay in control of their fate

Shapoor Zadran b Rabada 1 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Top total


No. of higher totals by associate teams against top-eight teams, than Afghanistan's 172 in this match. Netherlands had made 163 for 6 against Engand in WT20 2010.

Good start


Runs scored by Afghanistan in the Powerplays, which is their most against a full-member side and joint third-highest overall in T20Is.

Double 200


No. of teams who had scored 200 or more twice in a single World T20 edition, before this. South Africa became the first to do so in this: 229 v Eng, 209 v Afg.

Solid Powerplays


Average Powerplay score for SA in their recent 4 T20Is, including this match. They scored 62 & 68 vs Aus in last 2 T20Is, 83 v Eng in last match and 66 today.

Second face-off


No. of times SA and Afg faced each other in T20Is, before this match. That was in Bridgetown in the 2010 World T20, which was won by SA by 59 runs.