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Summary

  1. Watch in-play highlights from the start
  2. SA hit sixth-highest total in WT20 matches
  3. AB de Villiers smashes 29 off one over
  4. Afghanistan's Shahzad 44 from 19 balls
  5. SA bounce back after defeat by England

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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That is all from us for today's first game. We will be back in about 45 minutes for the second game, Sri Lanka v West Indies in Bangalore. I'll see thee... soon.

Man of the match

Chris Morris
AP

South Africa's Chris Morris is named man of the match for his 4-27.

He says: "I'm happy with the performance and to get our first win at the World Cup. I just tried to bowl as quick as I can and it paid off for me. 

"As a bowler, it's part of the job watching guys hit sixes and trying to take wickets and restrict runs. Nagpur has been turning a lot, it will be a new challenge for us, but I think our spinners will be licking their lips."

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Afghanistan frightened Sri Lanka the other night, and they frightened South Africa here. If it hadn't been for that over of brilliant De Villiers hitting, it could have been really close."

What a fantastic effort by Afghanistan to get within 30 of SA. Excellent team. Better than Bangladesh IMO. Should be in the next wcup.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"There were some chinks in South Africa's bowling that were exposed by Afghanistan. There are some pretty big smiles on South African faces, not least that of the captain Du Plessis, who for a while must have thought: 'Here we go again.'"

SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 37 RUNS

A very entertaining game. Afghanistan may have lost but they can take an awful lot away from this, not least of all their growing ability to compete.

South Africa are back in the game after that defeat to England.

WICKET

Shapoor b Rabada 1 (Afg 172 all out)

A neat conclusion to the game as last man Shapoor Zadran is clean-bowled by Rabada from the last ball of the match. Afghanistan have given SA a scare but they ran out of steam and finish 37 runs short.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I suspect De Villiers will get Man of the Match, but that is arguably the match-winning performance by Chris Morris. He tried to get under their skin, and he did."

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Harji Chahal: It doesn't matter whether you win or not, but from what circumstances you came and the way you are playing against big teams. You are real heroes.

Mark Savile: Rabada Steyn Abbott Tahir Morris. I thought SA's strongest weapon was their bowling (bar ABdV!) but seems they are struggling.

WICKET

Dawlat b Morris 0 (169-9)

It is an ambitious stroke to try and scoop Morris in just your second ball. Dawlat Zadran tries just that and is bowled. Morris ends with 4-27. A superb bowling display.

WICKET

Rashid b Morris 11 (Afg 167-8)

Morris has been very much the pick of the South African bowlers. He has kept his head when others around him were losing theirs. Rashid takes him for two fours from his first two balls but the bowler strikes back with a full ball that cleans the young Afghan up.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Afghanistan have a bowling attack that will trouble sides, especially at these low-bouncing grounds where spin as an advantage. They're going to be hard to pummel around the ground."

Afghanistan play England in Delhi on Wednesday, then West Indies in Nagpur on Sunday.

Afg 159-7 (need 51 off 12 balls)

Afghanistan have nothing left in the tank. Rashid Khan does his best to try and get the ball away but Abbott and his side are firmly on top now. 

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Shenwari played some good shots, but time was clamping down on him. It's not going to happen now, but Afghanistan have given Du Plessis some nervous moments."

WICKET

Sami c Wiese b Abbott 25 (Afg 156-7)

The Afghan innings is petering out. Sami tries to be clever with a steered shot down to third man but ends up lofting the ball to Wiese at backard point. The batsman is reluctant to go. But he has to, as the SA players are keen to tell him.

WICKET

Zadran c De Kock b Rabada 12 (Afg 156-6)

Zadran keeps swinging and nicks a full ball to take the ball to De Kock for a routine catch. This game is over now.

Afg 156-5 (Target 210)

There is still life in Afghanistan. Having missed Rabada's first ball, Zadran belts him over midwicket for six before flicking a four to a similar spot.

Jonathan Agnew

BBC Test Match Special

"Even if South Africa do get over the line here, there are still going to be some questions for them about how they move forward."

Afg 146-5 (need 64 off 24 balls)

I think this has slipped away from Afghanistan now. They simply haven't had the hitting power in their middle order to keep up with the rate. Najibullah Zadran is the next man to have a dart but Tahir is a wily customer and keeps he and Sami in check.

WICKET

Nabi c De Villiers b Tahir 11 (Afg 140-5)

This is probably for the best for Afghanistan. Nabi didn't look like clearing the rope at any point in his innings and he underlines this by planting the ball into the hands of De Villiers at deep mid-on off Tahir.

Afg 140-4 (Target 210)

That over started badly for SA but ended well as Wiese rallied. Afghanistan need something special now. The kind of over De Villiers produced off Rashid earlier.

Afg 139-4

Sami is lucky to avoid being run out as he takes a quick single off Wiese and the bowler is just a few inches off a direct hit after gathering sharply.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Nabi keeps trying to back away to leg and it's not helping him. He can't reach the ball."  

Afg 136-4

Afghanistan need a big over. They are given a helping hand by Tahir who completely fluffs in the field to allow a sliced cut from Nabi to go right through him for four.

Afg 132-4 (need 78 off 36 balls)

Morris is Du Plessis' go-to man today. This is another good over but it does include an outside edge that brings Sami four down to the rope at third man. Afghanistan just won't go away.

Afg 124-4 (Target 210)

There is the Afghanistan response. Sami smashes a four through cover and then takes Wiese for another boundary by swivelling to punch a short ball through backward point. I imagine Dale Steyn is a very frustrated man, sat on the sidelines watching this seam attack.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I think Afghanistan had enough time to play Tahir more discreetly and wait to take on the seamers. You'd suspect South Africa are in control now."

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Edward: Nabi and Shenwari are excellent batsmen as seen in the qualifiers. Najibullah a good finisher as well. Afghanistan still in this.

Afg 110-4 (Target 210)

Samiullah Shenwari is the new man. Just four runs off the Tahir over, and another wicket. That is two important overs on the bounce for SA. Afghanistan need to hit back.

WICKET

Noor Ali st De Kock b Tahir 25 (Afg 109-4)

The momentum is shifting. Tahir returns and strikes, bowling Noor Ali as he looks to swipe a decent length ball to leg, misses and is stumped. You would think SA have this under control now. But, the memories of that England game are still fresh.

Afg 106-3 (Target 210)

That wicket prompted a huddle from the South African team and some serious words, spoken by Hashim Amla. 

Mohammad Nabi is the new man and he adds another run. South Africa needed that over. So did Abbott, after going for 30 in his previous two.

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"If you can bowl quick, the shorter ball is not a bad option, particularly against a side that isn't used to playing on pitches of this pace. But this match is not a done deal yet."

WICKET

Gulbadin c De Kock b Abbott 26 (Afg 105-3)

Well, the win predictor now says Afghanistan have a 51% chance of victory. It is the first time it has been in their favour. Not that it really means anything. To emphasize this, the returning Abbott strikes with a shorter, slower ball that has Gulbadin attempting to cut and caught behind by De Kock. The South African celebrations are modest, but that is an important strike for them.

Afg 103-2 (Target 210)

Afghanistan move to three figures with a flick by Noor Ali off Wiese to take the ball past Morris for six. I think the sun played it's part there, with the fielder failing to pick it up in time. What now, Faf? 

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"Du Plessis has got real problems. He's got two go-to bowlers, Tahir and Morris, but he can't trust the others at the minute. And he doesn't have Duminy, who was quite economical against England."

Afg 93-2

Tahir's over was going great for SA until the last ball, which is wide and smashed over extra cover for six by Gulbadin. I'd love to know what is going through Faf's mind right now. It might just be an image of himself, curled up in a foetal position, crying.

There is a lot of love for the Afghanistan side in the stadium. They've earned it.

Fans
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Mohammad Shahzad
Reuters

Such a shame we won't see Countries like Afghanistan in the next WC..It's refreshing and great for the game..Please change your minds @ICC

Vic Marks

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

"I think we can safely say that Afghanistan are undaunted. They may not win this game, but they are not frightened of having a go. If they play well from here, not even brilliantly they won't be far away."