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World Cup 2023: Rassie van der Dussen keeps calm to chase it down for South Africa

South Africa have 14 points from their nine games, two points ahead of Australia who play Bangladesh on Saturday

Reuters Ahmedabad Published 11.11.23, 08:12 AM
South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen during his unbeaten innings of 76 against Afghanistan in Ahmedabad on Friday.

South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen during his unbeaten innings of 76 against Afghanistan in Ahmedabad on Friday. Twitter

South Africa saw off a spirited fightback from Afghanistan to win by five wickets in their final World Cup league game and consolidate their second place in the standings.

South Africa have 14 points from their nine games, two points ahead of Australia who play Bangladesh on Saturday. Both South Africa and Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals.

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Afghanistan wrapped up their best-ever World Cup ca­mpaign with four wins and also sealed a place in the Ch­ampions Trophy.

Afghanistan opted to bat first and posted 244 in 50 overs on the back of Azmatullah Omarzai’s unbeaten knock of 97, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, while Gerald Coetzee was the pick of the South African bo­wlers with figures of 4/44.

In response, South Africa opener Quinton de Kock set up the chase with a breezy 41 that took him to the top of the tournament’s scoring charts with 591 runs.

Rassie van der Dussen (76 not out) then guided the Proteas home, stitching together a 65-run partnership with An­dile Phehlukwayo.

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