South Africa Wins Big Against Afghanistan in T20 World Cup Semi-Final

On Wednesday, South Africa’s cricket team played against Afghanistan in the first Twenty20 World Cup semi-final in Trinidad. Marco Jansen and Tabraiz Shamsi were the stars of the match, each taking three wickets. South Africa’s strong bowling made Afghanistan score only 56 runs, their lowest ever in T20 internationals. South Africa easily won by nine wickets.

This win was special for South Africa because it was their first victory in a short-format World Cup semi-final since 1992. They will now play in the final on Saturday against the winner of the match between India and England.

Afghanistan chose to bat first after winning the toss. Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran were expected to do well since they had been the top scorers for Afghanistan in the tournament. However, Jansen quickly dismissed Gurbaz for no runs in the first over. He then bowled Gulbadin Naib for nine runs in the third over.

From the other end, Kagiso Rabada took two wickets, bowling out Zadran and Mohammad Nabi for just a few runs each. Anrich Nortje and Shamsi also took wickets, making sure Afghanistan didn’t score many runs. Afghanistan ended up with only 56 runs, the lowest score in a T20 World Cup semi-final.

Despite the low target, South Africa had a shaky start when Fazalhaq Farooqi bowled out Quinton de Kock early. But Reeza Hendricks and captain Aiden Markram played carefully. They didn’t rush and waited for the right opportunities to score. Hendricks ended the match with a six and a four, leading South Africa to victory in just nine overs.

Afghanistan had made it to the semi-finals for the first time after a great win against Bangladesh. But their dream run ended as South Africa’s bowlers were too strong for them.

Now, South Africa looks forward to playing in the final and hopes to continue their winning streak in the tournament.

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