In the 42nd match of the ODI World Cup 2023 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, South Africa emerged victorious against Afghanistan. With that Afghanistan have been officially eliminated from the multi-team tournament.

Azmatullah Omarzai takes Afghanistan to a competitive total

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Afghanistan set a target of 245 runs for the Proteas. Afghanistan’s innings saw a commendable performance from Azmatullah Omarzai, who fell just short of a century with a brilliant 97 off 107 deliveries. However, the South African bowlers, led by Gerald Coetzee with a four-wicket haul, managed to restrict Afghanistan to a total of 244 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa home

Chasing the target, South Africa displayed a balanced batting effort, reaching 247/5 in 47.3 overs. Rassie van der Dussen played a crucial role with a composed 76 runs off 95 balls, guiding his team to a five-wicket victory. Other notable contributions came from Quinton de Kock (41) and Andile Phehlukwayo (39), ensuring South Africa secured the win with 15 balls to spare.

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Despite Afghanistan’s bowlers putting up a fight, with Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan taking two wickets each, it was not enough to defend the modest total. Mujeeb Ur Rahman also chipped in with a wicket, but South Africa’s batting depth proved decisive.

In the end, South Africa’s well-rounded performance with both bat and ball secured a crucial win in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, maintaining their momentum in the tournament.

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