2019 World Cup 21st Match: Tahir takes four as South Africa secure first win

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Imran Tahir finished with figures of 4-29 off seven overs

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Imran Tahir took a four-wicket haul as South Africa secured their first win in the ongoing World Cup after beating Afghanistan by nine wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method.

Choosing to bowl first after the match was reduced to 48 overs per side, South Africa got their first breakthrough in the ninth over when Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai was caught by Rassie van der Dussen at deep midwicket off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 22.

Rahmat Shah only scored six runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chris Morris.

Hashmatullah Shahidi was the next to go as he was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo for eight runs.

Noor Ali Zadran, who opened the batting, managed to score 32 runs before he was clean bowled by Imran Tahir.

Tahir struck again four balls later as he caught and bowled Asghar Afghan for a duck.

Afghanistan continued to lose wickets regularly, largely thanks to Tahir, but they managed to reach 125 before being bowled out courtesy of Rashid Khan’s 25-ball 35.

Tahir was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Morris snapped up three, Phehlukwayo took two and Rabada claimed one.

Chasing 127 to win as a result of the DLS method coming into effect, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock nearly finished things off by themselves as they amassed a 104-run partnership, during which De Kock brought up his fifty, before he was removed by Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib for 68, which came off 72 balls and included eight boundaries.

Amla and Phehlukwayo mopped up the remaining runs as South Africa won the match with 116 balls to spare.

Amla finished on 41, which came off 83 balls and included four boundaries, while Phehlukwayo remained undefeated on 17, which came off 17 deliveries and included two boundaries and a six.

Naib was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Tahir was named Man of the Match.

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