South Africa vs Afghanistan, Match 21, ICC World Cup 2019

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.

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