T20 World Cup 2016 Highlights: South Africa vs Afghanistan Highlights – T20 World Cup 20 March 2016. SA vs AFG Highlights at Mumbai, Watch South Africa vs Afghanistan Cricket Highlights on Sunday, 20th March 2016.
Toss: India won the toss and elected to field
Cricket Series: T20 World Cup 2016
South Africa Squad: Mohammad Shahzad†, Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai*, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran
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South Africa picked up their first win of the World T20 after a satisfactory performance against Afghanistan to win by 37 runs.
Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to bat first. The in-form Amla and de Kock opened the innings with the latter carrying on from where he left off against England. Amla was caught with his score on 5, bringing du Plessis to the crease. Together with de Kock they put on a 65 runs partnership before du Plessis was run out needlessly for 41 from 30 balls. AB de Villiers came to the crease and started off slowly, before exploding with some of the most amazing stroke play you can wish to see. The innovative South African smashed 64 from 29 balls which included 5 huge sixes to get South Africa close to the 200 mark. It was Duminy and Miller that got South Africa to 209/5 after the allotted 20 overs. Amir Hamza was the best bowler for Afghanistan, ending with 1/25 from his 3 overs.
All the Afghan hopes will have been on Shahzad, and he didn’t fail to deliver. He clobbered the South African fast bowlers all over the ground, scoring 44 from 19 balls before he was bowled by Morris in the 4th over. After his departure they were always playing catchup, and were never able to keep up with the required rate as Morris and Tahir did a good job in restricting the run scoring in the middle overs. Morris ended up the best bowler for South Africa, taking 4/27 from his 4 overs, a brilliant comeback after his poor show against England on the same surface. Afghanistan were eventually bowled out for 172, which is no mean feat against the quality South African bowling attack.