Afghanistan eliminated, South Africa finish league stage with a win

An unbeaten half-century from Rassie van der Dussen and a 64-run opening-wicket partnership between Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma helped South Africa overcome. Afghanistan by five wickets in their last series match of the ICC World Cup 2023 Friday.

Chasing 245 for victory, the Proteas, who have already qualified for the semi-finals, completed the task in 47.3 overs. They now have 14 points and are still second behind India, who are on 16 points.

De Kock (41) and Bavuma (23) gave the Proteas the lead before Van der Dussen scored an unbeaten 76 off 95 balls to guide the team home.

Earlier, Azmatullah Omarzai hit a gritty unbeaten 97 as Afghanistan posted a challenging 244 out in 50 overs.

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The South African bowlers dominated the proceedings and Gerald Coetzee took four wickets for 44 runs. Lungi Ngidi (2/69) and spinner Keshav Maharaj (2/25) took two wickets each.

The opening pair of Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran gave Afghanistan a decent start earlier with a 41-run partnership.

Short scores:

Afghanistan 244 in 50 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 25, Rahmat Shah 26, Azmatullah Omarzai 97 not out, Noor Ahmad 26; Lungi Ngidi 2/69, Gerald Coetzee 4/44, Keshav Maharaj 2/25).

South Africa 247 for 5 in 47.3 overs (Quinton de Kock 41, Rassie van der Dussen 76; Rashid Khan 2/37, Mohammad Nabi 2/35).

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