South Africa rapidly returned to profitable methods with a formidable five-wicket victory in opposition to Afghanistan of their final ICC World Cup 2023 group-stage match on Friday, November 10. Afghanistan’s historic and memorable marketing campaign ended with a disappointing defeat as they completed sixth within the factors desk.
The younger tempo all-rounder Azmatullah Omarzai scored 97* off 107 to assist Afghanistan rating 244 runs whereas batting first at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. However South Africa banked on a superb fifty by in-form Rassie van der Dussen and a four-wicket haul from Gerald Coetzee to additional cement their second place within the standings.
Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi gained the toss and elected to bat first with the unchanged crew whereas Andile Phehlukwayo and Gerald Coetzee got here in for Marco Jansen and Tarbaiz Shami for the Proteas.
Having already kicked out of the semifinal race, Afghan openers added 41 runs for the primary wicket with Rahmanullah Gurbaz scoring fast 25 runs. However Afghanistan misplaced each openers and Shahidi in successive manners whereas making an attempt to play aggressive cricket.
Omarzai saved the scoreboard shifting from one finish however did not get a lot assist from his teammates. He remained unbeaten on 97* off 107 balls, his highest ODI rating, as Afghanistan scored 244 for 10 in 50 overs. Coetzee took 4 wickets for 44 and Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj bagged two every for South Africa.
Chasing a troublesome complete, openers Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma pulled off a formidable begin for the Proteas. The duo added 64 runs for the opening wicket and prevented shedding wickets within the first ten overs. Mujeeb Ur Rahman gave Afghanistan a breakthrough within the eleventh over by eradicating Bavuma and Mohammad Nabi dismissed de Kock quickly after to steadiness the sport.
Afghanistan spinners have been dominant with well timed wickets of David Miller, Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen. However a smart cricket from Rassie and all-rounder Anidle Phehlukwayo helped South Africa stay forward within the chase.
Rassie top-scored with 76* off 95 balls and Phehlukwayo contributed essential 39* runs to assist South Africa register a five-wicket win. Nabi and Rashid picked two wickets every for Afghanistan however seamers struggled to make an influence in Ahmedabad.
Afghanistan Enjoying XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq
South Africa Enjoying XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, David Miller, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi
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