By Lee Dolbear
- South Africa overcome brave Afghanistan
- Windies breeze past Sri Lanka
- Aussies back in action Monday
MUMBAI and BENGALURU, INDIA South Africa get off the mark in Group 1 after beating Afghanistan; West Indies stay 100% in Group 2 with Sri Lanka victory
South Africa were victorious today by 37 runs against Afghanistan but only after the Afghans scared them when chasing 210 to win.
On a gorgeous day in Mumbai, South African captain Faf Du Plessis had no hesitation in batting after winning the toss and yet again like the game against England they set over 200.
There was one change for the proteas, Dale Steyn was omitted and David Wiese took his place with question marks hanging over Steyn whether that would be form or injury.
Hashim Alma (5) and Quinton De Kock strolled to the middle wondering what would be a good score after England surpassed their total of 229 on Friday. De Kock though carried on where he left off that day though with a stylish 45 from 31 balls, he was going for another maximum when he toe ended a straight Ameer Hamza delivery to keeper Mohammad Shahzad. This was after both Amla and Du Plessis were dismissed for 5 and 41 respectively.
AB De Villiers again showed why he is one of the best in the world with a brutal 64 from 29 balls (he smashed 29 off one Rashid Khan over) JP Duminy (29*) and David Miller (19) got the Proteas to 209/5 thus setting the Afghans 210 to win.
There were certain times today the Afghan bowling was pleasing and containing and they certainly didn’t crumble in that area after De Kock’s initial burst.
Afghanistan opener Shahzad had one quote on his mind “Go big or go home” as he ruthlessly slayed Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott to all parts of the stadium slamming 44 off 19 balls before man of the match Chris Morris clean bowled him. Morris ended up with figures of 4 for 27 from his 4 overs and that was including 15 dot balls. His other scalps were Asghar Stanikzai, Khan and Dawlat Zadran in an awesome bowling performance.
Although in the end Afghanistan were all out for 172, they certain gave the Proteas a scare, particularly when Shahzad was at the crease.
Caught your breath yet?
Over in Bengaluru the West Indies chased down Sri Lanka’s 123 target with 10 balls to spare. West Indies put Sri Lanka in after winning the toss and only Thisara Perera (40) and skipper Angelo Mathews (20) looked the part helping to post 122/9. Samuel Badree bowling brilliantly ending with slender figures of 3/12.
Without whirlwind Chris Gayle in the team, they found another hero in Andre Fletcher he creamed 84 runs off 64 deliveries with Andre Russell (20) getting the West Indies home with ease winning by 7 wickets.
Two superb games and to be honest i could go on all night writing about today’s brilliance.
Play continues on Monday in Bengaluru between Australia and Bangladesh.