ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

South Africa vs Afghanistan - Match 21

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date & Time: 15 June 2019

South Africa 131/1

RR: 4.56 | South Africa beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets (D/L method)

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Sunday. June 16. When probably, not just Asia, but the entire world stands still. Because India take on Pakistan. Finish off your chores for the day, take good rest, get some lunch, drinks, popcorn, whatever you wish and be ready on your seats - the action begins at 10.30 am local (0930 GMT) in Manchester. Do, do, do, tune in. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Double header number 4 of this World Cup ends! Australia trounced Sri Lanka while South Africa slowly got past Afghanistan to finally make a move on in the points table. They move to 7th while Australia are up at number 1.

Victorious South African captain, Faf du Plessis, feels that the Proteas performed much better today, with more intensity. On the slow approach, Faf says that they needed some runs under the belt, hence the need to bat out the first 10 overs carefully. Praises the bowlers for bowling well in the middle overs and also Tahir, for doing extremely well even on grounds with short boundaries. On the approach regarding the net run rate, du Plessis says that the initial thought was to see off the first 10 overs and then once the opening stand was past 70, Andile Phehlukwayo was padded up to finish off the game quickly. Is hoping that the team builds some confidence from this game.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib, manages a smile despite the defeat. Rues his luck on losing the toss and praises his side for starting well and putting up a fight. Admits that the Imran Tahir spell completely took them by surprise and is disappointed that the excellent start was wasted. Puts the onus on the batsmen to get 50-run partnerships. On Rashid Khan's innings, Gulbadin marvels at the team's batting depth which goes upto 9 but is quick to point out that the ones above Rashid need to take some responsibility and bat deeper, not throwing wickets away. On the team change today, Naib says that Najibullah was not performing too well in the last 2 games and Afghan is a senior, hence the change. Hopes to have Zadran back in form. On their next game against England, Naib hopes that something goes their way.

IMRAN TAHIR HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is really pleased with his job today but overall, he is happy to have contributed to the team's win. Stresses that the team was up for an on-off game and wanted to play with the same intensity after any such rain break. Praises the fast bowlers for setting up the tone. On the grass on the wicket, Tahir says that he knew he was not going to get any turn, so only looked to keep it wicket-to-wicket. Feels lucky that his experiments came out fruitful. On his celebrations, Immy says that he enjoys every wicket and feels that is the only way he can enjoy himself. Hopes to carry this momentum into the next game in Birmingham. On his battle with Rashid Khan, Tahir says that the Afghan leggie played a few good shots but now, he can run and whisper into his ear that he got his wicket.

Tough day at the office for Afghanistan. Started well with the bat, but then lost their way after the second rain break. With the ball, they barely could do much and had to settle with a solitary wicket. Rashid Khan could do nothing much with the ball either. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

After his half century, de Kock tried to finish the game off quickly but could not quite do so. Hashim Amla played a curious Warneresque innings, with his strike rate being even below 50. Certainly was not his own self. But at the end of the day, victory by 9 wickets and 116 balls to spare will be taken by the Proteas.

On a pitch which had juice, 125 might have been challenging. Might have been. But the sunshine during the innings break, wiped out any juice on offer. It was a nice pancake baked for the Proteas and the openers just feasted. Strangely though, they did not feel the need to accelerate and took their own sweet time to score.

The game ends at last. South Africa have laboured and laboured but eventually got those 2 crucial points. Perhaps they did not feel the need to go hammer and tongs, concentrating more on the win.

28.4
6
M Nabi to A Phehlukwayo, SIX! First six of the game and it will be the only one as Phehlukwayo finishes off in style. Tossed up on middle and off, Andile comes down the track and heaves it over long off for a maximum. SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 9 WICKETS (DLS METHOD).
28.3
0
M Nabi to A Phehlukwayo, Floated on the stumps, Andile defends it.
28.2
1
M Nabi to H Amla, On the pads, Hashim flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
28.1
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Tossed up on off, Amla nudges it to mid on.
27.6
0
A Alam to A Phehlukwayo, We will have another over in this game, at least. Good length ball on middle and leg, Andile pulls it to mid-wicket.
27.5
0
A Alam to A Phehlukwayo, Full on middle, Phehlukwayo looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
27.5
0
A Alam to A Phehlukwayo, WIDE! Sprays it down the leg side, Phehlukwayo looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled. Afghanistan players think it has flicked his pad.
27.4
0
A Alam to A Phehlukwayo, Yorker on middle. Phehlukwayo does well to get his bat down in time. Aftab has a word with Andile. Don't know why he did that.
27.4
0
A Alam to A Phehlukwayo, WIDE! Over does the bouncer. This one goes over his head and it has been wided.
27.3
0
A Alam to A Phehlukwayo, Bouncer! Around the body and it on the eye line. Phehlukwayo sways away from it.
27.2
1
A Alam to H Amla, Back of a length ball on middle, Amla was initially looking to leave it but then plays the upper cut towards third man and gets a single.
27.1
0
A Alam to H Amla, Full on off, Amla pushes it to mid off.

Aftab Alam is back! Will it be the last over of the game?

26.6
0
M Nabi to A Phehlukwayo, On middle, Andile looks to play it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
26.5
1
M Nabi to H Amla, Tossed up on middle, Amla milks it to long on for a single.
26.4
1
M Nabi to A Phehlukwayo, In the air but safe. Floated on off, Phehlukwayo lofts it wide of long off. Zazai there does not go for the catch and they take just a single.
26.3
1
M Nabi to H Amla, On the pads, Amla turns it square on the leg side and gets a single.
26.2
0
M Nabi to H Amla, On middle again, Amla flicks it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
26.1
0
M Nabi to H Amla, On middle and leg, Amla flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
25.6
4
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Crunched. On off, Phehlukwayo punches it hard through point for a boundary.
25.5
0
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, Outside off and quicker, Phehlukwayo looks to play the reverse sweep but misses.
25.4
1
R Khan to H Amla, Flighted on middle, Amla milks it down to long on and gets to the other end.
25.3
0
R Khan to H Amla, Full toss. A low one, Amla taps it to the man at mid on.
25.2
1
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, Shorter on middle and leg, Phehlukwayo strokes it towards cover and takes a single.
25.1
4
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, FOUR! Phehlukwayo has struck that really well. Tossed up on off, Andile gets down on one knee and sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
24.6
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
24.5
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Landed outside off, Amla looks to run it down to third man but is beaten due to the extra bounce.
24.4
0
M Nabi to H Amla, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
24.3
1
M Nabi to A Phehlukwayo, Shorter in length, punched down to long on for a run.
24.2
0
M Nabi to A Phehlukwayo, Tossed up outside off, Phehlukayo has a wild heave but there is no pace on the ball. An inside edge is eked towards short fine leg.
24.1
1
M Nabi to H Amla, Short and outside off, punched behind point for a single.
23.6
0
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, On the pads, Phehlukwayo misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
23.5
0
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, Tossed up on middle, Phehlukwayo brings out the reverse sweep but hits it to the man at backward point.
23.5
0
R Khan to A Phehlukwayo, WIDE! Rashid misses his mark and sprays it down the leg side. Andile looks to flick but misses.
23.4
1
R Khan to H Amla, On off, Amla pushes it towards sweeper cover and gets a single.
23.3
0
R Khan to H Amla, Flighted on middle and leg, Amla defends it with straight bat.
23.2
0
R Khan to H Amla, Flighted on off, Amla pushes it to the man at mid off.
23.1
0
R Khan to H Amla, Floated on the stumps, Amla blocks it.

Rashid Khan is back!

22.6
0
G Naib to A Phehlukwayo, Full and outside off, pushed towards mid on. 5 runs and a wicket from the over.

South Africa doing an England. Andile Phehlukwayo comes in at number 3, with 23 needed.

22.5
0
G Naib to de Kock, OUT! Caught! Sharp catch from Mohammad Nabi. This won't be a 10-wicket win then. Full and around middle and leg, de Kock whips it away again, this time through mid-wicket but cannot quite keep it down, nor find the gap. Mohammad Nabi takes a good catch at short mid-wicket to his right, reacting swiftly. Then complains to the keeper that the sun was in his eyes. De Kock walks back with a wry smile. Must have been eyeing a not out.
22.4
4
G Naib to de Kock, FOUR! Full and down the leg side, de Kock flicks it behind square leg and the ball races away to the fence.
22.3
1
G Naib to H Amla, Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single.
22.2
0
G Naib to H Amla, Outside off, pushed towards point.
22.1
0
G Naib to H Amla, On a length outside off, defended watchfully.
21.6
0
M Nabi to de Kock, On middle and leg, de Kock flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
21.5
1
M Nabi to H Amla, On the pads, Amla turns it to the on side and gets a single.
21.4
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Floated on the stumps, HA blocks it.
21.3
1
M Nabi to de Kock, On the pads, Quinton flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
21.3
0
M Nabi to de Kock, WIDE! It is way outside off, on the wrong side of the tramline. Wide signalled.
21.2
0
M Nabi to de Kock, Flighted outside of, de Kock looks to sweep but misses. The ball hits him on his pad but maybe he got an inside edge on it.
21.1
1
M Nabi to H Amla, Tossed up on off, Amla plays it towards point and gets a single.
20.6
0
G Naib to de Kock, Good length ball outside leg, de Kock looks to flick it but it tickles his pads on the way to the keeper.
20.5
2
G Naib to de Kock, Good length ball on off, de Kock makes room and looks to heave it over long on. He does not time it well so it does not reach the fence. The man from deep mid-wicket mops it up and they take two.
20.4
0
G Naib to de Kock, Once again the length is the same. It is on middle, de Kock hits it straight to the man at mid-wicket.
20.3
1
G Naib to H Amla, Full again around off, Amla strokes it wide of mid off and gets a single.
20.2
0
G Naib to H Amla, Full on middle, Amla defends it off the front foot.
20.1
1
G Naib to de Kock, Good length ball on off, de Kock guides it down to third man and gets a single.

Drinks Break! South Africa need just 36 runs to wrap this up. Getting back in this game for Afghanistan looks next to impossible now. They will still look to get a wicket or two which will boost their confidence.

19.6
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Outside off, Amla looks to push it but misses.
19.5
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Follows it up with a solid front foot defense.
19.4
4
M Nabi to H Amla, FOUR! Excellent shot. A sign of aggression from Amla. Tossed up on the pads, Amla hits it over square leg and gets a boundary.
19.3
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Shorter on the stumps, de Kock defends it off the back foot.
19.2
1
M Nabi to de Kock, Flighted around off, de Kock hits it sweetly to sweeper cover for a single.
19.1
0
M Nabi to de Kock, Tossed up on off, de Kock comes down the track and looks to hit it on the leg side but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
18.6
0
G Naib to H Amla, Outside off, Amla punches it to the man at cover.
18.5
1
G Naib to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
18.4
4
G Naib to de Kock, MISFIELD AND FOUR! This is schoolboy stuff from Afghanistan. Back of a length ball on the body, de Kock pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. Rahmat Shah at deep mid-wicket gets it on a bounce but he misfields it and the ball goes away to the fence.
18.3
1
G Naib to H Amla, Outside off and full, Amla strokes it to sweeper cover and takes a run.
18.2
0
G Naib to H Amla, Full on off, Amla strokes it to mid on.
18.1
0
G Naib to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla tucks it to mid-wicket.

Gulbadin Naib is back!

17.6
1
M Nabi to H Amla, On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
17.5
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
17.4
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
17.3
4
M Nabi to H Amla, FOUR! Nicely played. Full and outside off, Amla gets his bat down and gently reverse sweeps it through the vacant slip cordon to the third man fence.
17.2
1
M Nabi to de Kock, Full and outside leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
17.1
1
M Nabi to H Amla, Full and outside off, Amla looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point. A single taken.
16.6
4
R Khan to de Kock, FOUR! Fifty comes up for de Kock with that boundary. The over ends the way it started. Floated on off, de Kock heaves it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary to reach his second fifty of this World Cup. His 23rd in ODIs.
16.5
0
R Khan to de Kock, Floated on off, de Kock defends it off the front foot.
16.4
0
R Khan to de Kock, Tossed up on off, de Kock looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
16.3
0
R Khan to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
16.2
2
R Khan to de Kock, Short on off, de Kock cuts it towards backward point. The fielder misfields there and de Kock is quick between the wickets so he comes back for the second.
16.1
4
R Khan to de Kock, FOUR! Rashid is unable to spin his magic here so far. He overpitches it on off, de Kock gets down on one knee and whacks his sweep over mid-wicket for a boundary.
15.6
0
M Nabi to H Amla, Flatter on off, de Kock blocks it to see off the over.
15.5
1
M Nabi to de Kock, Now punches it wide of cover and gets a single.
15.4
0
M Nabi to de Kock, Short on off, de Kock punches it to the man at cover.
15.3
0
M Nabi to de Kock, Short on off, de Kock cuts it to the man at point.
15.2
0
M Nabi to de Kock, Oh, almost had their first there. Off spinner on off, de Kock looks to defend but gets an inside edge which misses the stumps as it goes to the fine leg region.
15.1
0
M Nabi to de Kock, Tossed up on off, de Kock astutely blocks it.

Change of bowling then. Mohammad Nabi into the attack. Can he give Afghanistan something to smile?

14.6
0
R Khan to H Amla, Floated on middle, Amla taps it back to the bowler.
14.5
1
R Khan to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
14.4
0
R Khan to de Kock, Tossed up on middle, de Kock blocks it with confidence.
14.3
0
R Khan to de Kock, Flatter on the stumps, Quinton defends it.
14.2
2
R Khan to de Kock, In the air but safe. Googly outside off, de Kock looks to play it towards cover by making room. He gets an outside edge which goes to the right of cover. Hamid Hassan there takes it casually and lets it go behind him allowing them to take two.
14.1
2
R Khan to de Kock, Short on middle and leg, de Kock pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket and gets a couple.
13.6
0
G Naib to H Amla, On the stumps, Amla defends it to see off the over.
13.5
1
G Naib to de Kock, Shorter ball on off, de Kock pulls it towards deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
13.4
1
G Naib to H Amla, This time plays it wide of that man and gets a single.
13.3
0
G Naib to H Amla, Good length ball outside off, Amla cuts it to the man at point.
13.2
1
G Naib to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock flicks it towards mid-wicket for an easy single.
13.1
1
G Naib to H Amla, Good length ball around off, Amla cuts it wide of point and takes a single.
12.6
4
R Khan to de Kock, FOUR! Very well played this. Rashid bowls it fast and short outside off, de Kock cuts it late past point and gets a boundary as the ball goes to the backward point fence. 50 comes up for South Africa with that boundary.
12.5
2
R Khan to de Kock, Short outside off, de Kock cuts it wide of point and gets a double.
12.4
0
R Khan to de Kock, Shorter on off, de Kock defends it off the back foot.
12.3
1
R Khan to H Amla, Good attempt from Rashid. Tossed up on middle, Amla hits it straight to the right of Rashid. He dives there and looks to stop it but the ball deflects off his fingers to long on. Aftab Alam throws it right on the face of Rashid who is down on the ground.
12.2
0
R Khan to H Amla, Close! Short and straight outside off, Amla looks to cut it but the ball just about misses the outside edge.
12.1
1
R Khan to de Kock, Floated and full on the pads, Amla flicks it to deep square leg and gets a single.
11.6
0
G Naib to H Amla, Outside off, Amla hits it to the man at point to get through the over.
11.5
1
G Naib to de Kock, Full on off, de Kock plays it towards long on off the inner half of his bat and gets an easy single. Afghanistan need to attack here. Only wickets can give them an outside chance.
11.4
1
G Naib to H Amla, A very good looking pull but there is a man in the deep at mid-wicket so just one run for Amla.
11.3
1
G Naib to de Kock, Back of a length ball on off, de Kock pulls it to long on and gets a single.
11.2
0
G Naib to de Kock, Length ball on middle and off, de Kock looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pad.
11.1
2
G Naib to de Kock, Full on middle, de Kock flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a couple.
10.6
1
R Khan to de Kock, Single to end the over. Outside off, de Kock punches it wide of cover and keeps the strike.
10.5
2
R Khan to de Kock, Full toss! De Kock does not make the most of it and hits it wide of the man at long on. The batsmen take two as Afghan in the deep mops it up.
10.4
1
R Khan to H Amla, On the pads, Amla flicks it towards square leg and gets a single.
10.3
0
R Khan to H Amla, Shorter on the stumps, Hashim defends it off the back foot.
10.2
1
R Khan to de Kock, Floated around off, de Kock plays it wide of the man at point now and gets a single.
10.1
0
R Khan to de Kock, Short and wide outside off, de Kock cuts it uppishly towards the man at point.

POWERPLAY 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 39th over, if the match goes till then.

9.6
0
G Naib to H Amla, Almost chopped on. Good length ball on off, Amla defends it but it goes just past the stumps. Not what many would have thought. South Africa have scored fewer runs than Afghanistan in Powerplay 1. 35/0 to 43/1.
9.5
1
G Naib to de Kock, Good length ball around off, de Kock hits it wide of third man and takes one. The running between the wickets is not the best as they could have taken two there.
9.4
0
G Naib to de Kock, Follows it up with a gentle push to mid on.
9.3
4
G Naib to de Kock, IN THE AIR...FOUR! Comical this. You hardly see this in international cricket. Full on off, de Kock decides enough of the waiting game and he looks to loft it but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies to the right of third man. Afghan at third man runs to his right and looks to stop the ball but it spins away from him and to the fence.
9.2
0
G Naib to de Kock, On middle and full, de Kock pushes it to mid on.
9.1
0
G Naib to de Kock, Full on off, de Kock plays it to the man at mid off.

The skipper has introduced himself into the attack. Afghanistan need a wicket and Naib feels he can provide them with it. Let's see.

8.6
1
R Khan to de Kock, Single to end the over. 5 runs off Rashid's first. Tossed up on middle and leg, de Kock strokes it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
8.5
0
R Khan to de Kock, On the pads, de Kock turns it to the man at square leg.
8.4
0
R Khan to de Kock, Floated on off, de Kock looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
8.3
0
R Khan to de Kock, Tossed up on middle and off, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
8.2
0
R Khan to de Kock, Flatter on off, de Kock blocks it off the front foot.
8.1
4
R Khan to de Kock, FOUR! Not the start Rashid would have wanted. Short on middle, de Kock gets on his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket.

Rashid Khan into the attack.

7.6
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Short ball to end the over. Amla sways away from it to see off the over.
7.5
4
H Hassan to H Amla, FOUR! Vintage Amla. Hassan is guilty of bowling it too full on middle and leg, Amla rolls back the years and plays a beautiful on drive for a boundary.
7.4
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Good length ball away from the off stump, Amla leaves it confidently.
7.3
1
H Hassan to de Kock, Around off, de Kock strokes it towards cover and takes a single.
7.2
1
H Hassan to H Amla, Good length ball on off, Amla flicks it to the on side and calls for a single straightaway.
7.1
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Outside off, Amla has nothing to do with it and leaves it alone.
6.6
4
A Alam to de Kock, FOUR! This should get de Kock going. Good length ball outside off, de Kock plants his front foot forwards and drives it between mid off and cover. Naib runs behind it from mid off but the ball beats him slowly to the ropes.
6.5
0
A Alam to de Kock, Good length ball on the stumps, Quinton taps it back to the bowler.
6.4
0
A Alam to de Kock, Outside off on a length, de Kock cuts it straight to the man at point.
6.3
0
A Alam to de Kock, Good length ball on middle and leg, de Kock looks to defend. He does so with the lower half of his bat. The ball bounces on the crease and onto his body.
6.2
0
A Alam to de Kock, Another good ball. The Afghanistan bowlers are bowling a very good line and length here. Outside off and it is back of a length, de Kock looks to hit it but misses. The ball just about beats his outside edge.
6.1
0
A Alam to de Kock, Good length ball coming in with the angle, de Kock looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
5.6
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Good length ball on middle, Amla tucks it to mid-wicket. Good over this. It is a maiden.
5.5
0
H Hassan to H Amla, On the pads, Amla looks to flick but misses and the ball gets hit on the pads.
5.4
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Good length ball around off, Amla looks to defend but gets an inside edge which goes down towards point.
5.3
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Bouncer! It is outside off, Amla leaves it alone.
5.2
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Good length ball on middle, Amla looks to pull but gets an inside edge onto his body.
5.1
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Outside off, Hashim leaves it alone.
4.6
1
A Alam to H Amla, Back of a length ball, Amla pulls it down to fine leg and gets a single.
4.5
0
A Alam to H Amla, NOT OUT! Waste of a review this. Good length ball pitching on middle and coming in with the angle. Amla looks to flick but misses. The Afghanistan players put in an appeal and take the review as their appeal umpire turns it down. They take an hopeful appeal. Replays roll in and Hawk Eye shows the ball to be not just missing the leg pole with the angle but was also over the stumps.

A delayed review from Afghanistan. Looks high to the naked eye. Amla might just continue batting. Nothing on the Ultra Edge. And Hawk Eye shows it to be missing leg stump both on height and angle. Review lost early for Afghanistan.

4.4
2
A Alam to H Amla, Good shot and a very good fielding but all the good work is undone by a wild throw and poor backup. Outside off on a length, Amla punches it wide of cover. Rashid Khan dives to his left and stops the ball as they take a run. He has a shy at the bowler's end but it is wayward. Naib backing up slides to his right and fails to stop it in the first attempt and the batsmen take the second.
4.3
0
A Alam to H Amla, Good length ball outside off, it does not bounce as much as Hashim expects it to. He looks to cut but does so down the ground.
4.2
1
A Alam to de Kock, Pitches it on middle and leg and it comes in with the angle. De Kock flicks it to deep square leg and gets a single.
4.1
0
A Alam to de Kock, Good length ball on middle and off, de Kock defends it with a straight bat.
3.6
1
H Hassan to de Kock, Good length ball around off, de Kock guides it down to third man and keeps the strike with a single. Afghanistan are bowling well here but they need a wicket desperately.
3.5
1
H Hassan to H Amla, This time drives it wide of the fielder at mid off and gets a single.
3.4
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Full on off, Amla drives it to the man at mid off.
3.3
1
H Hassan to de Kock, Outside off on a length, de Kock guides it down to third man and gets to the other end.

WORLD CUP 2019 UPDATE - Meanwhile, at The Oval, Australia have trounced Sri Lanka by 87 runs to go atop the table. Batting first, the Aussies put on 334/7 on the board. Sri Lanka in reply, were 115/0 in the 16th over but lost track once Kusal Perera departed.

3.2
0
H Hassan to de Kock, Good ball this. Hassan hits the deck hard around off. The ball moves away after pitching, de Kock looks to tap it towards backward point but gets beaten.
3.1
0
H Hassan to de Kock, Length delivery outside off, de Kock looks to play it on the off side but it comes off the inner half of the bat and goes back towards the bowler.
2.6
0
A Alam to H Amla, On the pads, Amla looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
2.5
0
A Alam to H Amla, Good length ball around off, Hashim defends it towards point.
2.4
0
A Alam to H Amla, Outside off, Amla leaves it alone.
2.3
0
A Alam to H Amla, Well left this. On a length and very close to the off stump, Hashim shoulders arms to it.
2.2
4
A Alam to H Amla, EDGED AND FOUR! First one off the innings. It has not come off the middle but Amla will take it. Outside off on a length, Amla looks to play it on the off side but gets a thick inside edge which goes past the stumps towards the vacant fine leg fence.
2.1
1
A Alam to de Kock, Length ball on middle, de Kock strokes it wide of mid on and gets a single.
1.6
1
H Hassan to de Kock, De Kock is off the mark too but not in a comfortable fashion. Good length ball on middle, it comes in after pitching. De Kock looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The ball then rolls towards cover and they take a quick single.
1.5
1
H Hassan to H Amla, Back of a length ball around off, Amla taps it down to third man and gets off the mark. First run off the bat in this chase.
1.4
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Shorter in length this, Amla tucks it to the man at mid-wicket.
1.3
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Good carry. Back of a length ball outside off, Amla shoulders arms to it.
1.2
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Outside off now, Amla strokes it uppishly towards the man at cover. It gets to the man there on the bounce.
1.1
0
H Hassan to H Amla, Good length ball on the line of the stumps, Amla taps it back to the bowler.

Hamid Hassan to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
A Alam to de Kock, A very good leave this one. Good length ball pitching outside off. It comes in slightly but de Kock knows where his off stump is and shoulders arms to it.
0.5
0
A Alam to de Kock, Comes 'round the wicket to de Kock and hits the length hard outside off. There was a bit of away movement on this. De Kock initially looks to defend but then moves away from it.
0.4
0
A Alam to H Amla, The chase is off the mark. On the pads, Amla looks to flick but it rolls off his thigh pad towards the fine leg region and they take a leg bye.
0.3
0
A Alam to H Amla, Bowls on the stump. It is on off and middle, Amla pushes it to the man at mid on.
0.2
0
A Alam to H Amla, Once again a straight ball on the fourth stump line, Amla lets it carry to the keeper.
0.1
0
A Alam to H Amla, Aftab starts with a fuller ball outside off. No movement on the first ball for him. Amla watchfully leaves it alone.

We are back for the chase! Afghanistan players are in a huddle as their skipper, Naib says last words of inspiration before the players take their respective positions in the field. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock stride out to the middle to open the innings for South Africa. Aftab Alam to operate with the first new ball for Afghanistan.