ICC World Cup 2019: Match 21, SA v AFG – South Africa Player Ratings

ICC World Cup 2019: Match 21, SA v AFG – South Africa Player Ratings

The Proteas would be relieved after registering their first win of the tournament.

Hashim Amla of South Africa
Hashim Amla of South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Afghanistan put up yet another poor batting display when they faced South Africa in the World Cup. After being put into bat first by the opposition, there weren’t many notable performances from their players. Only three players managed to get to the double figures and the way they collapsed was an absolute disaster. The openers Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran looked good and scored 22 and 32 runs respectively.

At 69/2 at one stage, Afghanistan seemed to be in a decent position. But after that began one of the worst collapses ever. They lost five wickets for eight runs and were in tatters. Even though it looked as if they’d be bowled out for a score below 100, Rashid Khan came to the rescue. He scored a quickfire 35 helping Afghanistan finish at 125 before they ran out of wickets. While Imran Tahir picked up four wickets in the innings, Chris Morris accounted for three.

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla were excellent for South Africa in the chase. They did a majority of the job in the chase and added 104 runs together. The wicket-keeper batsman got out for 68 runs when the team was just 23 runs shy of a win. However, Amla and Andile Phehlukwayo ensured that the team didn’t lose any wickets further and helped South Africa register a 9-wicket win – their first this tournament.

Here are the South Africa Player Ratings for the match

Hashim Amla – 6/10

Hashim Amla of South Africa News
Hashim Amla of South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It was a good game on a personal front for the out-of-form Hashim Amla. He tried to regain confidence by spending as much time as possible in the middle. Amla didn’t look to take too many chances and played a number of dot balls. He looked solid at the crease and remained unbeaten on 41 off 83 balls.

Quinton de Kock – 8/10

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After having blown hot and cold so far in the tournament, Quinton de Kock got some crucial runs under his belt in this game. He was the aggressor in the partnership with Hashim Amla and eased the pressure of him. De Kock got out to Gulbadin Naib after he scored 68 runs off 72 deliveries.

Aiden Markram – 3/10

Aiden Markram
Aiden Markram. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Aiden Markram hasn’t had many contributions to make in this game except for a simple catch that he took on the field. He took the catch of Gulbadin Naib fielding at deep mid-wicket to give Imran Tahir another important wicket. With Phehlukwayo sent to bat at three, the talented batsman didn’t get a chance with the willow and would be keen on making it count in the upcoming games.

Faf du Plessis – 4/10

CARDIFF, WALES – MAY 24: Faf du Plessis of South Africa bats during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Cardiff Wales Stadium on May 24, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Faf du Plessis kept attacking with his bowling changes as well as field changes in this match. He never let the Afghanistan batsmen getaway at any stage and made optimum use of his resources. Du Plessis had a good day on the field as well bagging some important catches.

Rassie van der Dussen – 2/10

Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Even Rassie van der Dussen did not get a chance to bat in this match and gets a rating solely for the two regulation catches that he took in the match.

David Miller – Not Assigned

David Miller
David Miller. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

David Miller did not get an opportunity to bat in this game and also didn’t have much to do on the field.

Andile Phehlukwayo – 8.5/10

Andile Phehlukwayo, World Cup,
Andile Phehlukwayo. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Andile Phehlukwayo also had a great night with the ball and put his great skill on display. In 8 overs, he only conceded 18 runs and was highly economical. Moreover, the two wickets he bagged in this match are amongst the most prized wickets of the opposition. He dismissed Hashmatullah Shahidi who can be threatening once he gets in and also got the better of the veteran, Mohammad Nabi. Phehlukwayo scored 17 runs with the bat and finished the game for his team with a six.

Chris Morris – 8.5/10

Sri Lanka v South Africa – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up
CARDIFF, WALES – MAY 24: Chris Morris of South Africa reacts after taking a catch to dismiss Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Cardiff Wales Stadium on May 24, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Chris Morris was absolutely on fire in this match and tested the batsmen with swing and bounce. He was the most economical Proteas bowler on the day and hit great lines and lengths. Apart from bowling two maidens, Morris conceded just 13 runs in the total of six overs that he bowled and picked up three important wickets.

Kagiso Rabada – 5/10

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Kagiso Rabada, as usual, bowled express pace in this game and hurried most of the batsmen from the opposition. The South African spearhead dismissed the dangerous Hazratullah Zazai when he was batting on 22 and conceded 36 runs in the 8 overs that he bowled.

Imran Tahir – 9.5/10

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Imran Tahir of South Africa celebrates taking the wicket of Eoin Morgan of England (not shown) during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between England and South Africa at The Oval on May 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Andy Kearns/Getty Images)

Imran Tahir bowled an extraordinary spell in this game and troubled almost every Afghan batsman. He was bowling an extremely miserly spell until Rashid Khan decided to take the attack to him. Tahir dismissed Noor Ali Zadran who was looking good. Then, he ran through the middle order dismissing the likes of Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib and Rashid Khan. In the 7 overs that he bowled, he conceded only 29 runs.

Beuran Hendricks – 2/10

Beuran Hendricks
Beuran Hendricks. (Photo Source: Twitter)

In his maiden outing in this World Cup, Beuran Hendricks returned with decent figures. One of the five overs that he bowled in the game was a maiden. But, he leaked 24 runs in the remaining four overs and couldn’t get amongst the wickets.