Lungi Ngidi secured Rahmat Shah’s wicket dramatically, with David Miller at point initially fumbling the catch before persistently grabbing the ball on the third attempt.

In the ongoing match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Afghanistan’s captain Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and elected to bat first against South Africa. Afghanistan maintains an unchanged lineup from their previous game against Australia. Meanwhile, South Africa has made two changes, resting Tabraiz Shamsi and Marco Jansen. Andile Phehlukwayo and Gerald Coetzee step in as their replacements.

In the 24th over, Lungi Ngidi claimed the wicket of Rahmat Shah dramatically. Shah’s cut shot found David Miller at point, who initially fumbled the catch. Miller persisted, grabbing the ball on the third attempt near his waist, bringing relief to Ngidi. The ball popped out twice before Miller secured it and a triumphant smile was on Miller’s face as Ngidi celebrated the crucial breakthrough, leaving Afghanistan reeling at 100/5 after 25 overs.

Afghanistan has made a promising start batting first but Keshav Maharaj altered the pace, making crucial breakthroughs in the first 10 overs. Maharaj’s impact included dismissing Rahmanullah Gurbaz with his first ball, followed by removing Gerald Coetzee and Ibrahim Zadran, the centurion from Afghanistan’s previous match. The spinner also claimed the wicket of Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Although Afghanistan shares points with Pakistan, their low net run rate renders their mathematical chance of reaching the top four practically nonexistent.

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Last Updated on November 10, 2023

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