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Live Cricket Score - South Africa vs Afghanistan, Match 21, ICC World Cup 2019

15 Jun 2019 CricBuzz

That's all from us folks! Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Plenty of World Cup action remaining and we've the big one tomorrow - the India-Pakistan clash. Don't forget to join us for that fixture!

Here's what the Man of the Match had to say -

I really enjoyed my workout today, pleased with the way the ball came out (of my hand), I had a role to play for my team, have been working hard; really pleased with our win today. We were up for it, can't control the weather, but we made sure we maintained our intensity at the highest level, the fast bowlers set the tone; overall it was a very pleasing performance. I did get some turn, but it was more wicket-to-wicket, wasn't trying too many variations at the start, it came out well and then I tried some different variations. The celebration part are always important, it's important for us to keep winning, we are up for the challenge, we are ready to take the fight in the next match in Birmingham (against New Zealand). He (Rashid Khan) played some good shots, but I can go and tell him now that I took his wicket.

South Africa win by nine wickets

South Africa pick up their first win in their fifth game in the World Cup. Set 127, after Afghanistan folded for 125, they ease past the line in 28.4 overs after a tentative start from the openers.

Afghanistan's innings was a mess and though they played some promising cricket early in the day, their ineptness in challenging conditions came to the fore once again. The batsmen didn't learn from their collapse against Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament and on the day lost five for eight runs in 28 balls between the 21st over and the 26th to lose the game. Just pick the 34th over for instance. Imran Tahir bowling to Rashid Khan and the over read - 4, 4, 2, 4, W. Rashid had bossed the over and ended up dragging a short hit-me ball to deep midwicket.

By the time the 34th over came the damage was of course done but that over summarised Afghanistan's shambolic approach. One could argue that Afghanistan were robbed of any sort of momentum by the two rain breaks and they were undone by the skill of Tahir - and both arguments are true - but the batsmen will have to shoulder a lot of the blame for their appalling show.

In the first 5.5 overs, before players were forced out by rain, the Afghanistan openers - Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran - scored 33 runs and picked up boundaries at will to put Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks under pressure. Rabada, however, set a beautiful trap for Zazai and then bounced him out with 39 on the board soon after play resumed. And that's where Afghanistan's struggle also began.

In the 40 balls after the break, Zadran and Rahmat Shah played out 35 balls as the pressure mounted. Shah fell for six and Afganistan were again in repair mode when the second break arrived. The rain forced the players out for almost an hour when Afghanistan were 69 for 2 in 20 overs. With the runs dried out, the batsmen were itching and it reflected after play resumed. Andile Phehlukwayo started the collapse when he had Hashmatullah Shahidi caught at slip after an adventurous drive. Tahir dismissed Asghar Afghan and Zadran with googlies as Afghanistan slipped from 69 for 2 to 70 for 5.

With all hopes pinned on Mohammad Nabi, the fans were again let down by the approach. Nabi chopped one back on chasing a wide one from Phehlukwayo while Gulbadin Naib pulled a short ball straight to mid-wicket. The match was already in South Africa's hands at 77 for 7 before Rashid and Ikram Ali Khil got a few boundaries to push the score past 100. There wasn't much resistance from the lower-order, as expected, and Rashid's 25-ball 35 stood out among ruins.

With a small chase, the South Africa openers had to cushion to make a cautious start. Instead, they were tentative and short on confidence. Only 35 runs came in the first ten overs - the powerplay that saw five boundaries but plenty of dot balls. They run rate did pick up as both batsmen grew in confidence as de Kock reached his half-century off 58 balls. De Kock fell soon after South Africa crossed the 100-run mark when he flicked a Naib delivery straight to midwicket.

South Africa, however, didn't walk away from the contest with all the answers. Amla looked horribly out of form and did nothing to ease the nerves of the doubting Thomases. With the game against New Zealand next, the next question for South Africa will be if they want to continue with an out-of-form Amla at the top or want to include an out-of-form JP Duminy in the middle order.

50 for de Kock

He's picked up the scoring rate and gets to his half-century off 58 balls. Amla still looking to find his form.

South Africa 91 for no loss in 20 overs.

South Africa 53 for no loss in 13 overs

Tentative

Afghanistan have kept the South African openers in check. Just 35 runs in the first ten overs. Five boundaries so far but plenty of dot balls.

Slow start

Cautious approach from both openers. Amla survived a review. He was given not out and Afghanistan went for the review. The ball was missing the leg stump. Just one boundary in the first five overs.

South Africa 15 for no loss in five overs

De Kock and Amla to open, Aftab Alam to start with the ball. Walk in the park for South Africa?

Here's what Imran Tahir had to saw about his performance

We really prepared well and I am really pleased with our performance today. My first googly was pleasing and I was only trying to trick the batsman. Glad that it came out well. (On enjoying the leg-spinner's challenge against Rashid) Not really with the way he was batting (laughs), but it was challenging. But now that I got him out I can go and tell him that. We have belief in us, we have been playing good cricket for the last two years. It is just about going out there and performing now.

Afghanistan fold for 125; SA need 127 (DLS)

A clinical bowling show from South Africa and Afghanistan have folded for a paltry score. While Tahir picked four, he was well supported by Chris Morris (3-13) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2-18).

The rain breaks dented Afghanistan but the batsmen were equally to be blamed for their poor showing. After being put in, the openers - Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran - gave the side a very promising start. In the first 5.5 overs, Afghanistan had 33 on the board and had picked boundaries at will. Both Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks were put under pressure as the authoritative strokeplay came with regular frequencies.

The first rain break was a short one but was enough to rob the openers their momentum. Rabada set the trap, asking Zazai to hit to his preferred on side, and then bounced him out for 22. Afghanistan had been forced to restart and it showed. The two Afghanistan batsmen, however, could have done things differently. While Zadran stepped away from this aggressive approach, Rahmat Shah found his inning stuck in the taxi way instead of taking off.

Afghanistan played 35 dot ball in the 40 bowled after the break. Shah was trapped in front by Chris Morris as Afghanistan's rate dropped further. They were 69 for 2 in 20 overs when the second - and the lengthier break - forced the players off. The frustrating drizzle last almost an hour and once play resumed South Africa buried their opponents in a real jiffy. Afghanistan lost four wickets in seven balls as their middle-order was wiped out by Imran Tahir and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Hashmatullah Shahidi's adventurous drive landed with Faf du Plessis while Zadran and Asghar Afghan were undone by the googlies from Tahir. At 70 for 5, Afghanistan were desperately banking on Mohammad Nabi's experience. Instead, the all-rounder chopped one back on from Phehlukwayo to fall for 1. More recklessness followed and when Gulbadin Naib fell, Tahir's figures read 3 for 3.

Rashid had some fun - stringing in some streaky boundaries - as the innings fell apart. The 34th over from Tahir summed up the Afghanistan innings superbly. Rashid, on top of the bowler having his three boundaries, gets greedy seeing a long hop and pulls it straight to midwicket.

Tahir gets four

4, 4, 2, 4 and W - Tahir takes some beating but has the last laugh. Short and on the stumps. Pulled to midwicket.

Afghanistan 125 for 9

Morris strikes

Ikram Ali khil doesn't last long either. Both Rashid and him were looking to be aggressive. Edges the call and sees it land with second slip.

Afghanistan 111 for 8

100 up

Rashid having some fun and Rabada isn't liking this one bit. Afghanistan go past 100 as Rashid gets some boundaries in.

Afghanistan 102 for 7 in 29 overs

Nabi and Naib gone

Nabi chops one back on to give Phehlukwayo his second. Tahir isn't the one who is going to get left behind. He has the captain caught by Markram.

Afghanistan 77 for 7

Five down

Asghar Afghan's return to the side lasts just five balls. Google and the leading edge lands with Tahir. Afghanistan wobbling and in a lot of trouble.

Afganistan 70 for 5

Two in four

What a start for South Africa after the break. Shahidi and Noor Ali dismissed after the rain delay. Phehlukwayo had Shahidi edging to Faf du Plessis while Tahir got the wrong 'un in and saw it crash into the stumps.

Afghanistan 69 for 4

ICYDK: Kaushik has witnessed two washed out games so far in this World Cup. Has written previews, features, braved the rain and reached the venue only to be deprived of cricket. Some good news though - Restart in about 10 mins. The game reduced to 48-overs-per-side.

20 overs done - Afghanistan 69 for 2

Rain stop play again. There's a strong win and the players are off again.

Noor Ali survives

Full and on the stumps. He went for the flick and got a faint edge. He was given lbw but went for the review.

Afghanistan 66 for 2

Two down

Full and straight, Rahmat misses and it lbw. Easy for the umpire but they did got the review. Correct call and the ball was clipping the leg stump. Afghanistan retain the review but have been dented after the rain break. 40 balls from the rain break. Afghanistan have played out 35 dots - picks out Kaushik our man at the venue.

Afghanistan 56 for 2

Close!

Just short of Du Plessis at second slip. Ali pokes outside off and the catch flies low to the South Africa captain. He wasn't sure and the on-field umpires gave it not out. Looked like it carried but not much evidence to change the decision.

Afghanistan 44 for 1

Powerplay done - Afghanistan 43 for 1

Zazai falls

He gets in and finds a way to get out. That's Zazai for you. Banged in from Rabada and Zazai, true to his nature, goes for the pull. Straight to midwicket and Afghanistan's promising start has been dented.

Afghanistan 39 for 1

Covers are off and we will start at 1420 local time. In about six mintues ...

Rain stops play

Just when the pressure was on South Africa, the rain has picked up and forced the players out. Doesn't look like it'll be a long delay but Afghanistan openers will be disappointed. They've scored 33 in 5.5 overs and have collected boundaries at will.

Chance dropped

Zazai continues to look for runs on the on side and slogs a length backk from Rabada. It went high and wide of mid-on. Morris ran in and reached there only for the ball to touch the fingertips and kiss the grass. Goes for a boundary as well.

Afghanistan 25 for no loss in five overs.

Alright then, the national anthems are done, the players are out there, Noor Ali and Zazai to open while Rabada will take the ball. We are excited and all set. Are you?

TOSS - Unchanged South Africa opt to field. Former captain Asghar Afghan replaces Najibullah Zadran for Afghanistan

Teams:

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali khil(w), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan

South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks

Team update - South Africa happy not to rush Ngidi back in the XI. They are going to stick with Hendricks. JP Duminy likely to sit out of this game.

Are you excited about Hazratullah Zazai? Here's what he has to say about playing in the World Cup

I know the conditions here are tough. People have told me to stop hitting, 'play defensive,' they tell me. But I have come only for sixes. I have come having watched Gayle. I have made most of my runs through sixes and fours. If I take doubles as they tell me, then who will hit sixes? Other players in the team have different roles, I have mine.

Hello and welcome to the live blog of the game between South Africa and Afghanistan in Cardiff. Both teams are struggling at the moment and cannot afford more losses.

All's not well in the South African camp after the AB de Villiers controversy and the team needs a win to bounce back. Afghanistan too are struggling because of off-field issues. Shahzad controversially sent home, the contract issue with the coach, the absence of Asghar Afghan and more has troubled the Asian side. Both teams are at the bottom of the table with their chances hanging by a thread.

Will Afghanistan surprise South Africa? Stay tuned as we bring you more updates.

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