South Africa make 209/5 against Afghanistan at WT20

 20 Mar 2016 - 14:20

South Africa make 209/5 against Afghanistan at WT20
South Africa's AB de Villiers plays a shot. (Reuters / Danish Siddiqui)

 

Mumbai: AB de Villiers hit a quick-fire half century as South Africa made 209 for five against Afghanistan in their World Twenty20 clash in Mumbai on Sunday.

The right-handed batsman scored 64 off just 29 balls after Proteas captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat first in the Super 10 Group One match.

De Villiers smashed five sixes and four fours as South Africa aim to get their bid for a first international trophy back on track after an opening day loss to England.

Opener Quinton de Kock made 45 off 31 balls, including six fours and two sixes, before being caught by wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad off Amir Hamza in the 12th over at the Wankhede Stadium.

Du Plessis made a tidy 41, which included seven fours and one six, before being run out in messy fashion in the tenth over.

Opener Hashim Amla had earlier walked for a disappointing five after he hit a weak shot in the third over straight to the safe hands of Afghanistan skipper Asghar Stanikzai.

South Africa sat on 92/2 at the half-way stage of their innings before de Villiers came in and upped their run-rate, hitting Rashid Khan for an astonishing four sixes in the 17th over.

He was caught by Noor Ali Zadran off Mohammad Nabi near the boundary in the 18th though as he attempted yet another six.

David Miller made 19 while JP Duminy was not out on 29.

AFP