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Tahir stars as South Africa register first win in CWC 2019

Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul helped South Africa to win their first World Cup fixture after defeating Afghanistan at Cardiff.

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Imran Tahir making his long celebratory run after bagging an Afghan wicket. Photo: Getty

South Africa register their first win of World Cup 2019 with thumping nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan.

South Africa captain Faf du Plesis won the toss and sent Afghanistan to bat first. South Africa, who were unchanged, Afghanistan made one change, bringing in former captain Asghar Afghan in place of Najibullah Zadran.

Afghanistan’s batting line-up collapsed against South Africa in their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup match at Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday.

Earlier, South Africa captain Faf du Plesis won the toss and sent Afghanistan to bat first.

The match between Afghanistan and South Africa was once again halted due to rain at 3:30 pm local time (8:30 pm Bangladesh time).

The match at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff has been reduced to 48 overs a side. The game is scheduled to resume at 4:35 pm local time (9:35 pm Bangladesh time).

Afghanistan were on 69 for the loss of two wickets at the end of 20 overs before the rain started for the second time in Cardiff. Earlier, unfancied Afghanistan made a bright start, reaching 33 without loss when rain temporarily stopped play in the sixth over, with Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran both unbeaten on 16. Afghanistan all out for 125.

Tahir ended with figures of four for 29 in his seven overs, while Morris returned with exquisite numbers of three for 13 in his 6.1 overs.

Rashid Khan was the lone member from Afghanistan, who could offer some resistance, scoring a 25-ball 35 cameo.

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put together a 104-run opening wicket partnership before De Kock was dismissed for 68.

Africa 131/1 in 28.4 overs (Quinton de Kock 68, Hashim Amla 41*) beat Afghanistan 125 all out in 34.1 overs (Rashid Khan 35; Imran Tahir 4/29, Chris Morris 3/13) by 9 wickets.

SA after three straight losses against England, Bangladesh and India, their fourth match against the West Indies was abandoned due to rain.

South Africa finally got a World Cup win under their belt as they eased to a nine-wicket triumph over Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final berth.

Only Afghanistan, with three defeats in three games, are below them in the 10-team table

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