Player of the Match
Player of the Match
357dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

De Villiers, Morris set up crucial SA win

An unconvincing South Africa survived a spirited Afghanistan chase to defend a 200-plus score and get their World Twenty20 campaign back on track

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers
64(29) 4x4 - 5x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
4 0 6 1 6 10 14 23
Q de Kock
Q de Kock
45(31) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %51%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 0 12 6 5 1 6 15

Best performances - Bowlers

CH Morris
CH Morris
O4
M0
R27
W4
Eco6.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir
O4
M0
R24
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sofri D Chandan | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
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"

19.6
W
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

19.5
1
Rabada to Amir Hamza, 1 run, width outside off, flashed to deep cover
19.4
0
Rabada to Amir Hamza, no run, back of a length and outside off, dab and a miss now. Beaten by the change of pace
19.3
1
Rabada to Shapoor Zadran, 1 run, yorker tails in, jammed to leg
19.2
1
Rabada to Amir Hamza, 1 run, pitched up and outside off, a thick outside edge skitters to the right of the keeper. Qdk gets a hand to it and deflects to third man
19.1
0
Rabada to Amir Hamza, no run, full and outside off, drive and a miss

Second face-off

1

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.

Solid Powerplays

69.75

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.

Double 200

0

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.

Good start

64

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

Top total

0

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.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Super 10 Group 1
TeamMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TeamMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.9
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TeamMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TeamMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.54
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017