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S. Africa crush Afghanistan, end victory drought

S. Africa crush Afghanistan, end victory drought

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Jun 16, 2019 - 13:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): South Arica downed Afghanistaninfo-icon by nine wickets in their Worldinfo-icon Cup league match in Cardiff on Saturday.

Afghanistan’s batting collapsed after a stable and careful opening start. The team was bundled out for 125.

There was little sign of the carnage to come when Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran put on 39 runs for the first wicket.

Zazai was the first to go and when leg-spinner Tahir bowled Zadran for 32 with his first ball and then caught Asghar Afghan off his own bowling for a nought in the same over, Afghanistan were in deep trouble.

Nabi became the third Afghan batsman to lose his wicket in the space of seven balls when he was bowled by Phehlukwayo.

After Naib was caught by Aiden Markram off Tahir, Afghanistan were teetering on the brink of disaster at 77-7.

Rashid Khan struck 35 off 25 balls, with six fours, but his late flourish could only lift the score to 125.

“We didn't expect that spell from Tahir,” said Nabi. “We did well against the seamers but the batsmen didn't take responsibility in the middle. We need a good total on the board so we needed a partnership. We made a lot of mistakes.

“We have a lot of batsmen in the team. We need in the middle of the innings them to push the scoreboard up.”

Hashim Amla (41 not out) and Quinton de Kock (68), put on 104 for the first wicket before captain Gulbadin Naib had De Kock caught by Nabi.

Amla and AndilePhehlukwayo saw South Africa over the line as they reached their revised target of 127 with 116 balls remaining.

“I really enjoyed that, really pleased,” said Tahir. “It was important for me to take that role for the team. I have been working very hard and it's nice to have that first victory.

“We were up for it, we can't control the weather but the bowling group did well. My plan was to bowl my variations and get batsmen to make their mistakes. It came out well.

“As long as I take wickets I'll keep on celebrating.”

nh/mud

 

 

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