South Africa beat Afghanistan by 37 runs in a World T20 Group One game in Mumbai India on Sunday.
The Proteas batted first and scored 209 runs and then bowled Afghanistan out for 172 in 20 overs.
Quinton De Kock once again played his role as opening batsmen to perfection and although he lost his partner Hashim Amla early in the innings, he kept the scoreboard busy.
After Amla left scoring five, De Kock and captain Faf Du Plessis scored 65 runs for the second wicket.
However, Du Plessis was caught napping when he got run out for 41 from 27 balls, while De Kock soon joined him in the dressing room scoring 25 from 31 deliveries.
AB De Villiers and JP Duminy carried on the good work with a 76 run stand.
But despite solid batting it initially looked like the Proteas might not go past the 200 run mark.
That all changed in the 17th over when De Villiers hit Rashid Khan for 29 runs from just six balls, which included four sixes.
De Villiers departed soon after that for 64 from just 29 balls.
Duminy and David Miller helped their team to 209, as Miller scored 19 from eight balls and Duminy finished unbeaten on 29.
But the Proteas bowlers once again struggled in the opening power play.
Mohammad Shazhad punished all the bowlers he faced scoring 44 runs from just 19 balls.
After just three overs Afghanistan had 47 runs on the board before Chris Morris took the ball.
He’s been under pressure after a poor performance against England, but redeemed himself somewhat by bowling Shazhad.
Morris got another wicket in his next over but Afghanistan managed to keep the run rate going despite that.
They reached 140 for four and the tide turned in the Proteas favour when Imran Tahir got rid of Mohammad Nabi.
After that wickets fell on a regular basis and Morris was named man of the match taking four wickets for 27 runs.
And although the Proteas will have to work on their bowling early on, the amount of extras they conceded was much better than the game against England.
I another match, the inform Wes Indies beat defending champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets. The Windies seem to be the team to watch out for as they also beat England in their opening match.
Source – sabc