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Afghanistan falls 38 runs short to beat 210 runs target set by South Africa

By Khaama Press - Sun Mar 20 2016, 6:11 pm

Afghanistan v South AfricaThe Afghanistan national cricket team fell short by 38 runs to defeat South Africa in their second appearance in the Super 10 of the ICC World Twenty20.

South Africa set a target of 210 runs by losing 5 wickets for the Afghan team after they won the toss and elected to bat first with AB de Villiers scoring 64 runs.

The South African team started their batting inning aggressively despite losing Hashim Amla during the 3rd over of the game who scored only 5 runs.

Quinton de Kock remained the second high scorer for South Africa by making 45 runs, Faf du Plessis made 41 runs, David Miller made 19 runs, JP Duminy remained not out after scoring 29 runs with David wiese who made no runs.

The Afghan team started their batting inning aggressively while chasing a big target with Mohammad Shahzad hitting back to back boundaries before he was out after scoring 44 runs from just 19 balls.

The Afghan team could not chase the given target and lost all their wickets by scoring 172 runs in 20 overs despite building run-making momentum which was broken after Naib was caught out in Abbott’s ball where predictions were 49% win for South Africa and 51% win for Afghanistan.

However, the South African bowlers restricted the Afghan batsmen before they manage to build partnerships and chase the given target.

Noor Ali Zadran scored 25 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 7 runs, Gulbadin Naib 26 runs, Mohammad Nabi 11 runs, Samiullah Shenwari 25 runs, Najibullah Zadran 12 runs, Rashid Khan 11 runs, Shapoor Zadran 1 run and Amir Hamza 3 runs.

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