South Africa won their last group-stage match of the tournament. In their final encounter, they faced a stiff challenge from Afghanistan. But they overcame it towards the end and sealed the match with 5 wickets and 15 balls to spare. Despite facing a mini-collapse, the Proteas were able to chase down the target with ease by the end. In the process, Afghanistan was knocked out of the tournament.
Opting to bat first, Afghanistan had a decent start to their innings. the opening pair scored 41 runs. But soon, both the batters were dismissed in quick time. What followed was the collapse of Afghanistan. From 41/0 at one stage, Afghanistan was reduced to 116/6 after 17.4 overs. It seemed like the Proteas were about to run away with the game. But it was not to be.
Azamatullah Omarzai waged a lone war for Afghanistan. The middle-order batter was impressive with his gameplay. In the tough period, Omarzai played out the spin of Keshav Maharaj. Later on, he took on the pacers and hit some fabulous boundaries. The right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 97*(107), which included 7 fours and 3 sixes. But Omarzai could not complete his hundred.
Rassie Van Der Dussen take South Africa home
The knock of Omarzai helped Afghanistan to score 244 runs. Chasing the target, the Proteas had a good start. In the first 10.5 overs, South Africa scored 64 runs without a loss of wicket. That was when Mujeeb stuck and opened the floodgates. From there, South Africa collapsed to 182/5. Despite wickets falling from the other end, Rassie Van Der Dussen held his nerves.
Andile Phehlukwayo helped Van der Dussen towards the end. But it was the latter that took the onus on himself to ensure no further collapse. The right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 76*(95) and saw his team home. Phehlukwayo at the other end scored an unbeaten 39*(37) that included a four and 3 sixes. With the win, they ended up with 7 wins in their group stage.
Here's how the fans reacted to South Africa's win -
South Africa will defeat India and win the World Cup.— Farhad khan (@imFarhadkhan) November 10, 2023
Afganisthan played very competitive cricket in this World Cup.— The Cricket Fanatic (@thsportsfanatic) November 10, 2023
South Africa see you in the finals🔥🔥— Manu (@virat_facts) November 10, 2023
Well played, they should be V Aus if they don't bottle it again— Sameer Khanal (@Sameer_knl18) November 10, 2023
Most wicketkeeping dismissals in a single World Cup edition— 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 (@RankingRevolve) November 10, 2023
21 - Adam Gilchrist (Australia, 2003)
21 - Tom Latham (New Zealand, 2019)
20 - Alex Carey (Australia, 2019)
19 - Quinton de Kock (South Africa, 2023)
17-Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka, 2003)
17 -Adam Gilchrist (Australia,…
Let's celebrate South Africa's victory. pic.twitter.com/3h4TiinOAz— Psycho ツ (@PsychoO_Says) November 10, 2023
We'll played afganistan win or loss doesn't metter you guys played really well ❤️🩹— 🇮🇳ÆTHÎYÂ (@athiya_2) November 10, 2023
Pak ki ye halat h 😀🤣 pic.twitter.com/ZBZkhPjnLG— Kailash Talnia (@DiL_waLa_0) November 10, 2023
Dil Dil SA— Ramla 🇵🇰 (@Purple_Ramla) November 10, 2023