World T20: Strong South Africa batting gets them over the line against a brave Afghanistan team

South Africa get over the line by 37 runs to get a crucial win in to keep their chances alive of World T20 glory

World T20: Strong South Africa batting gets them over the line against a brave Afghanistan team
Ab de Villiers in action during his blistering half-century(Picture source:

South Africa have beaten Afghanistan by 37 runs in their second match in Group 1 in the Super 10's of the World T20 to keep their chances of getting through to the semi-finals alive.

South Africa batted first and once again made a massive score of 209-5 in their innings with Ab de Villiers making 64 off 29 balls. In reply, the Afghanistan batsmen tried their best to chase the score down with Mohammed Shahzad trying his best with 44(19) but Chris Morris with the ball for the Proteas took four wickets to give his side a crucial win.

South Africa won the toss and batted first

South African captain Faf du Plesis won the toss and choose to bat first. The first two games at the ground produced loads of runs and it was likely to be the same again. There was some surprise team news for the Proteas with Dale Steyn dropped for the game after being very expensive in the first game against England.

The South African batsmen once again came out swinging and made 66-1 off their first six overs in the powerplay. Hashim Amla was the early wicket to fall as he was out for 5(5) off the bowling of Shapoor Zadran when the score was on twenty-five. 

Du Plesis came in at three and put on a good partnership of 65 with Quinton de Kock for the second wicket before a mix-up led to the captain being run out for 41(27). De Kock didn't last much longer after that as he was out for 45(31) of the bowling off Amir Hamza. The back-to-back wickets left the South Africans 97-3 in the 12th over. 

Ab de Villiers blasts South Africa to 209-5

Ab de Villiers though was still at the crease and he brought up his fifty off twenty-four balls. The fourth wicket partnership of seventy-six between de Villers and JP Duminy was finally ended when Mohammed Nabi got de Villers out for 64(29) to leave the score on 173-4 in the eighteenth over. 

The wicket of de Villers brought David Miller to the crease to finish it off and he and Duminy put on a quick 30 run partnership before Miller was out just before the end of the bowling of Dawlat Zadran for 19(8). 

The innings for South Africa finished with a straight six off the last ball from Duminy who finished 29 not out. The score again was a big one with the Proteas making 209-5 off their 20 overs meaning Afghanistan needed 210 to win the game.

Shahzad got the run chase off to a fast start

In reply to South Africa's massive score, the Afghan openers got off to a superb start especially Shahzad who just came out from ball one and started hitting everything for a four or six. Shahzad's innings finally ended on 44(19) when Morris bowled him with a brilliant delivery. 

Morris gives Shahzad his marching overs after bowling him for 44 | Photo:
Morris gives Shahzad his marching overs after bowling him for 44 | Photo:

The captain for Afghanistan Asghar Stanikzai then came in at number three but didn't last long as he was gone for 7(6) off the bowling of Morris. The score after the power play for the Afghanistan team was 66-2 which was a good start to the run chase. 

A good third wicket partnership between Gulbadin Naib and Noor Ali of 45 was brought to an end by Kyle Abbott in the eleventh over who got Naib out for 26(18). Ali then was out next over trying to hit a big shot off Imran Tahir but was out stumped for 25(24) to leave the score on 109-4. 

A decent partnership of 31 between Nabi and Samiullah Shinwari came to an end when Tahir got Nabi out going for a big shot down the ground for 11(14). Kagiso Rabada then got into the action with a wicket when he got Najib Zadran out for 12(8). Kyle Abbott then got the seventh wicket when he got the dangerous Shinwari out for 25(14). 

Morris takes four wickets to give South Africa the win by 37 runs

Morris bowling the 19th over of the innings got two more wickets to give him four wickets for the innings. Rashid Khan was his first wicket in the over for 11(7) and Dawlat Zadran was the second going for 0(2). 

Rabada finished the innings with the final wicket of Shapoor Zadran for 1(2) with the final ball of the innings to bowl Afghanistan out for 172. South Africa got the win in the end to give them a crucial win and take them into two points in the group.