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South Africa get first World Cup win in comfortable fashion

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South Africa get first World Cup win in comfortable fashion
Cricket - ICC Cricket World Cup - South Africa v Afghanistan - Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff, Britain - June 15, 2019 South Africa's Hashim Amla in action Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers   -   Copyright  ANDREW BOYERS(Reuters)
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CARDIFF (Reuters) – South Africa finally got a World Cup win under their belt as they eased to a nine-wicket triumph over Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a semi-final berth.

Leg spinner Imran Tahir took 4-29 as he engineered an Afghani collapse after a 75-minute rain break as they were dismissed for 125. Chris Morris contributed with figures of 3-13 and Andile Phehlukwayo took two wickets for 18.

The South Africans then set about the slightly adjusted target of 127 from 48 overs in cautious fashion, reaching 131-1 with 19 overs to spare.

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put together a 104-run opening wicket partnership before De Kock was dismissed for 68.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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