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42nd Match (D/N), Ahmedabad, November 10, 2023, ICC Cricket World Cup
(47.3/50 ov, T:245) 247/5

South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
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10:11pm Right. That brings us to the end of our coverage for this game. A double-header is lined up tomorrow, though, meaning that the World Cup action does not stop. Australia will take on Bangladesh in the early game, before England clash with Pakistan later in the day. Do join us for both of those games but for now, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Chandan, Ranjith, Sreshth and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Goodbye, goodnight and take care!

Temba Bavuma, South Africa captain: (On his injury) Obviously my leg is sore. Don't know to what extent but it is going to have to be fine, at least in my eyes. I obviously had that option of coming off but it was our last group stage game, and I wanted to be out there with the guys. Was an opportunity to spend some time in the middle and I did not want to let it go. Wanted to keep marshalling the guys, keep strengthening the relationship with our bowlers. It was a risk but I felt it was the right move (to stay on). Winning is a habit, so, we want to take that momentum through. Today we did a few things different. We batted second today. To get over the line in that manner, that is going to give us a lot of confidence. Fantastic knock by Rassie, he took ownership and the guys batted around him. (On the opposition lower order scoring runs) Not really (a concern). The wicket got better. When Keshav came back for his second spell, it was not gripping and spinning as much. Gerald also came in and took wickets, always a huge plus. We can always pick on the different phases and we can think of things to improve, but we will take the win. (On if they are dreaming of a maiden World Cup triumph) Yeah, definitely. We would want to play here (in Ahmedabad) again, in front of a full capacity crowd, and it will be a different experience playing in front of a hundred thousand fans. Before that, we have Australia. We will enjoy today and from tomorrow, we will start training our minds for that clash.

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan captain: (How he looks back at their campaign) As a captain, I am quite happy with our performances. We fought till the last moment in each and every game. We had good matches and had some good learnings for the future too. (On the batting department) Proud of the way our batters performed in this tournament. We were struggling before the World Cup. So, we sat together and talked about our weaknesses. In the end, you saw how our batters did and it is a positive sign for the future. Everyone knows we have good spinners. If we go with the same momentum that we had in the batting department this World Cup, we will do well. We gave a good message to the world. We played big teams and we fought till the last moment, even if we lost. Even the Australia game was in our hand but it was shocking the way Maxwell batted. I was very shocked, but there were lots of learnings too.

Rassie van der Dussen, Player of the Match: We were happy with bowling first, we would have chased anyway. They have a quality bowling attack and we wanted to put ourselves in a tough situation. Maybe one or two things we can tweak, but happy with how the run-chase went. In any chase, there has to be someone who plays an anchor role. The openers set things up nicely. We know what our batting line-up can do. Had some good partnerships in the middle and happy to get across the finish line. Sometimes, when you do one thing so well, and the other part is not so good, people say you are doing it badly. We are probably 50-50 when chasing and we would like to improve that, of course. Going into the semi-final, this is what we wanted to do and it worked out well. (On the different surfaces) Kolkata was a lot drier and lower. Having played there, we know what to expect. Hopefully if we get back here, it will presumably play pretty similar.

Maqsood : "47.2 was so much of Klusener against Aussies in the semis of 1999 I believe "

9:52pm South Africa get the job done. Not quite in the swashbuckling manner that they would have hoped, but having given up the initiative at different junctures in the middle overs, they will be happy to have come through unscathed. van der Dussen was the standout performer. He kept things ticking from the moment he arrived, and never let the pressure get to him. He was there at the end too, ensuring that there were no further hiccups.

Earlier, de Kock got South Africa off to a decent start, even as Bavuma struggled for rhythm and fitness. Markram, Klaasen and Miller all got starts but were not able to convert, meaning that the onus fell on van der Dussen and Phehlukwayo. The latter, playing in his first game this World Cup, began scratchily against spin but found his feet against the pace of Naveen, eventually finishing with 39 and forging a 65-run partnership with van der Dussen.

As for Afghanistan, they just did not have enough runs to work with in the end. They did well, though, to keep South Africa's scoring rate under check and drag the game this far. Rashid and Nabi picked up two wickets apiece, with the other wicket falling to Mujeeb. Noor was a little off-colour, especially with his length, as was Naveen. In a sub-250 run-chase, that was what came back to haunt Afghanistan.

Take nothing away from what they have accomplished this World Cup, though. Not many would have expected them to beat England, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, yet, each of those victories was achieved with relative ease. They also found themselves in a great position against Australia, and made things very tough for South Africa, falling just a little short on both occasions.

Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs

that will be that! South Africa finish their group-stage campaign with a win! Slower delivery that ends up being a half-tracker on middle and leg. Phehlukwayo winds up and smears it over deep square leg to seal the deal. Afghanistan, for all their progress this World Cup, end their journey with two successive defeats!

Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, FOUR runs

Phehlukwayo doing it in style now! Half-volley outside off and this travels. Phehlukwayo opens up his stance and crunches it past extra cover!

Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs

dispatched! Banged into the track on middle and leg, but this just sits up to be hit. Phehlukwayo stands tall and clatters it over deep mid wicket!

19 runs have come off the last two overs and that has released a bit of pressure. Just 14 needed off 18 now

end of over 479 runs
SA: 231/5CRR: 4.91 RRR: 4.66 • Need 14 runs from 18b
Rassie van der Dussen76 (95b 6x4 1x6)
Andile Phehlukwayo23 (34b 1x6)
Noor Ahmad 9-0-49-0
Naveen-ul-Haq 6-0-36-0
Noor Ahmad to van der Dussen, 2 runs

full on leg stump. van der Dussen nudges it into the vast real estate on the leg side and has enough time to canter back for a brace

Noor Ahmad to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

proper drag-down on leg stump. Phehlukwayo pulls it powerfully but straight to deep backward square leg

Noor Ahmad to Phehlukwayo, 1 wide

leg-spinner that goes wrong and is fired way outside off. Called a wide

Noor Ahmad to van der Dussen, 1 run

back of a length outside off. Keeps a tad low but van der Dussen adjusts well to punch it to deep cover point

Noor Ahmad to van der Dussen, 2 runs

googly on a length outside off. van der Dussen lunges forward and nurdles it enough to deep cover point's left to dash back for the second

Noor Ahmad to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

googly on a back of a length on off. Spins back into the batter as he hacks it down the ground to long on

Noor Ahmad to van der Dussen, 1 run

back of a length on off. van der Dussen stays in his crease and tugs it towards long on

Noor is back. Can he break this game open?

end of over 4610 runs
SA: 222/5CRR: 4.82 RRR: 5.75 • Need 23 runs from 24b
Rassie van der Dussen70 (91b 6x4 1x6)
Andile Phehlukwayo21 (32b 1x6)
Naveen-ul-Haq 6-0-36-0
Rashid Khan 10-1-37-2
Naveen-ul-Haq to van der Dussen, 1 run

length outside off. van der Dussen pushes it towards mid off and scampers across to the other end to retain strike

Naveen-ul-Haq in death overs (in ODIs)
Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

hard length just outside off. Phehlukwayo gets on top of the bounce and cuts it past extra cover for a single

Less than run-a-ball needed now. 25 off 26

Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, SIX runs

big shot, and it goes all the way! Right in the slot on middle and off. Phehlukwayo gets his front foot out of the way and smacks it over mid off!

Naveen-ul-Haq to van der Dussen, 1 run

slower bumper on off that just does not arrive. van der Dussen has to wait an eternity for it before dabbing it down to third man

Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

slower yorker just outside off. Phehlukwayo jams it off the inside edge into the on side and van der Dussen calls him through for the single

43 balls since the last boundary...

Naveen-ul-Haq to Phehlukwayo, no run

back of a length outside off. Phehlukwayo does not have much room to work with and stabs it towards backward point

Naveen to bowl the 46th. 33 needed off 30

end of over 453 runs
SA: 212/5CRR: 4.71 RRR: 6.60 • Need 33 runs from 30b
Andile Phehlukwayo13 (28b)
Rassie van der Dussen68 (89b 6x4 1x6)
Rashid Khan 10-1-37-2
Naveen-ul-Haq 5-0-26-0
Rashid Khan to Phehlukwayo, 1 run

back of a length outside off. Phehlukwayo goes back and jabs it towards deep cover point

Second slip comes in now. Rashid goes back over the wicket

Rashid Khan to Phehlukwayo, 1 wide

slides this one down the leg side. Rashid will have to reload that one

Rashid Khan to Phehlukwayo, no run

full and speared into off stump. Phehlukwayo still stays back and prods it towards short mid wicket

Rashid Khan to Phehlukwayo, no run

googly on a back of a length outside off. Punched out to extra cover

Around the wicket now. Slip remains

Win Probability
SA 100%
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Over 48 • SA 247/5

South Africa won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)
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