T20 World Cup

Proteas spinners secure comfortable win over Afghanistan in T20 warm-up

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Temba Bavuma (left) and Aiden Markram in action (Getty)
Temba Bavuma (left) and Aiden Markram in action (Getty)

The Proteas bowling attack was far too strong for Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on Monday, securing a 41-run victory in their T20 World Cup warm-up match. 

Captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and opted to bat first, but it was slow going for the South Africans for large parts of their innings and they relied on a quick-fire 20* (10) from David Miller and a classy 48 (35) from Aiden Markram to post a modest 145/5 from their allotted overs. 

AS IT HAPPENED | Proteas v Afghanistan

Bavuma, opening the batting, struggled to find any momentum and battled to a knock of 31 (39). 

The South Africans were always in control of their defence, though, and the spinners again were instrumental. 

Keshav Maharaj (1/14 in 4), Tabraiz Shamsi (3/19 in 4) and Bjorn Fortuin (1/21 in 4) gave another reminder of how important the slow bowling department will be for South Africa when their tournament gets under way against Australia on Saturday. 

Seamers Lungi Ngidi (2/27 in 4) and Dwaine Pretorius (1/30 in 4) were significantly more expensive, but ultimately completed a polished display with the ball. 

In the end, Afghanistan finished their innings on 104/8

The Proteas have another warm-up match on Wednesday when they will take on Pakistan, also in Abu Dhabi. 

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