SA pace too much for Afghanistan

2010-05-06 07:52

South Africa won through to the second round of the World Twenty20

with a 59-run win as newcomers Afghanistan were bowled out for just 80 at the

Kensington Oval in Barbados yesterday.

The Afghanistan top order had no answer to fast bowlers Morne

Morkel, the man of the match, with four wickets for 20 runs, Dale Steyn (two for

six) and Charl Langeveldt (three for 12).

But the lowest record score in a Twenty20 international remains the

67 made by Kenya against Ireland in Belfast in 2008.

Kenya also hold the corresponding World Twenty20 record of 73, set

against New Zealand in Durban in 2007.

Afghanistan fast bowler Hamid Hassan, who earlier took an

impressive three wickets, took his team’s score off 67 by swinging left-arm

spinner Roelof van der Merwe for six.

Hassan (22) and fellow tailender Mirwais Ashraf (23) prevented what

had looked like a record-breaking rout although South Africa still won with four

overs to spare.

Afghanistan, who only a few years ago were playing the likes of

Jersey and Denmark, had no answer to the pace of South Africa’s quicks and

collapsed to 12 for five in pursuit of a victory target of 140.

But Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan, the former Pakistan pace bowler,

was proud of how his side had performed in their first major international

tournament.

“With each stage they are going a step higher,” Khan said.

“Today, to restrict a batting line-up like South Africa to 139 is a

big achievement so there are all sorts of pluses for them.

“They key is they need to be exposed to that pressure again and

again and then they’ll get used to it.

“We were talking about practising for the pace bowlers and on a

bowling machine you can put it to 90mph but you can’t have Dale Steyn bowling at

you and swinging the ball.”

Meanwhile Morkel was looking forward to bowling again on the

Kensington pitch when South Africa begin their Super Eights campaign today

against New Zealand.

“Hitting the deck hard is my strength and I’m preparing for the

games ahead as well so it was about doing the basics right.

“With the new ball, it’s going through quite nicely and it was much

quicker than the pitch at St Lucia.”

South Africa coach Corrie van Zyl added: “The New Zealand team is

always a dangerous team in this format and we haven’t got a lot of time to

prepare.

“We have to rest well then hit our straps from the start.” - Sapa-AFP


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