21st match (D/N), Cardiff, Jun 15 2019, ICC Cricket World Cup
(28.4/48 ov, target 127)131/1
South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 116 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match

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. "

M 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...

M Nabi to Phehlukwayo, no run

solid front-foot forward defence! Impeccable!

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

M Nabi to Amla, 1 run

flicked to leg ...

M Nabi to Amla, no run

nope, no contact.

end of over 283 runs
SA: 124/1CRR: 4.42 RRR: 0.20
Andile Phehlukwayo11 (15)
Hashim Amla40 (81)
Aftab Alam 5-1-16-0
Mohammad Nabi 6-0-22-0

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!

Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, no run

there's the ambitious swing! But he completely loses his shape as the ball dribbles to midwicket.

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!

Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, 1 wide

fired down the leg side ... very delayed from the umpire, who was perhaps wondering if the ball had clipped the pad

Still time to win it with a nice round 20 overs to spare...

Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, no run

yorker! Well bowled, right into the toes, dug out with no idea where the ball has ended up. Right at his feet is the answer ...

Anshul: "Understand the style of play by Amla today but it is painfully slow. Everyone including the ground staff would be hoping a quick finish to this game especially after Afghanistan's low score. But Hash is here!"

Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, 1 wide

short once more, too short this time as Phehlukwayo doesn't even think of a stroke

Aftab Alam to Phehlukwayo, no run

bouncer, and Andile sways inside the line

Smiles on the balcony for South Africa. That's nice to see ...

Aftab Alam to Amla, 1 run

cheeky ... a slower-ball bouncer, loops into Amla's arc, so he opens the face to run a single to third man

Aftab Alam to Amla, no run

driven with no footwork, into the off side

Right, Aftab returns. Can Amla finish it off in style finish it off will do!

end of over 273 runs
SA: 121/1CRR: 4.48 RRR: 0.33
Andile Phehlukwayo11 (11)
Hashim Amla39 (79)
Mohammad Nabi 6-0-22-0
Rashid Khan 7-0-45-0

Whatever it is that's on at the cinema in Cardiff tonight, it's either not very compelling, or it starts stupidly late ...

M Nabi to Phehlukwayo, no run

on the legs, can't get this one away

M Nabi to Amla, 1 run

cracked down the ground to long-off once more... I think even the rain would be getting bored now

M Nabi to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

lots of air, launched down to long-off ... there's fielder lurking but it falls just short!

M Nabi to Amla, 1 run

clipped off the pads to square leg

M Nabi to Amla, no run

go on Hash, treat yourself ... nope, another watchful nudge

M Nabi to Amla, no run

solidly into line. Red ink or bust

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