AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — Quinton de Kock cemented his place in first position in the run-scorers’ chart, scoring 41 off 47 balls at the top of South Africa’s order. He hit two fours and three sixes, but Van der Dussen anchored the innings and built good partnerships in the middle overs.
Wrist spinner Rashid Khan, who plays in the Indian Premier League for Gujarat Titans at the same Narendra Modi Stadium, picked up 2-37 in 10 overs.
Andile Phehlukwayo, coming in for the rested Marco Jansen, made full use of the opportunity as he smacked 39 not out off 37 balls. He hit three sixes and put on an unbeaten 65 with Van der Dussen.
Earlier, Afghanistan started off poorly with the bat, slumping to 45-3 in 10.5 overs.
But Azmatullah Omarzai came to the rescue, striking an unbeaten 97 in 107 balls, hitting seven fours and three sixes.
Afghanistan had won the toss and opted to bat first. It fielded an unchanged side while South Africa made two changes, Phehlukwayo for Jansen and Coetzee replacing wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi..
Meanwhile, Rashid said good bye after Afghanistan’s elimination from the ICC World Cup 2023. The sub-continent team defeated England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.
“Gave it our all one last time,” he wrote.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan reacted to Rashid’s post.
“You all have been a pleasure to watch .. Great team spirit Rash.”
Rashid took 11 wickets at an economy of 4.48 in 9 matches.