AB de Villiers © Getty Images
AB de Villiers was in his usual belligerent mood © Getty Images

Afghanistan failed to chase down South Africa’s 210-run target in their Group 1 match of ICC World T20 2016 at Mumbai on Sunday. South Africa became the first side to post back-to-back 200-plus totals in World T20s after they posted 229 and 209 against England and Afghanistan respectively in the ongoing campaign of World T20 2016. They had previously scored 400 twice during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 as well. Although Mohammad Shahzad and Gulbadin Naib scared the Proteas with their power hitting the Afghans could not carry it throughout their innings and eventually fell short by 37 runs. Here are some of the highlights of the match. FULL SCORECARD: South Africa vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 20 at Mumbai 

Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis set the tone: The wicketkeeper-batsman was off the mark with three boundaries in the first over of the day. He was supported by Faf du Plessis after the South African opener Hashim Amla fell early in the third over. The duo shared a 65-run stand off 7 overs for the second wicket before the skipper was dismissed in the 10th over, run out for 41 runs. Meanwhile, de Kock fell short for another half-century by 5 runs. Most of the runs came from boundaries — 2 sixes and 6 boundaries in his knock of 45 off 31 balls. READ: Afghanistan fall short by 37 runs during chase of 210 vs South Africa in Group 1 match, T20 World Cup 2016 at Mumbai

AB de Villiers’ fireworks in the middle: Had Afghanistan celebrated by sending du Plessis back to the dugout, their joy soon ended. AB de Villiers played a typically violent innings that showed just how destructive he can be. He began slow, scoring 6 runs off his first 8 balls, but soon made up. In the 14th over he ensured South Africa would go past 200 by massacring the young Rashid for 29 in the over. He ended up smashing a 29-ball 64 with 5 boundaries and 5 sixes. He put up a partnership worth 76 runs off 5.5 overs along with JP Duminy for the fourth wicket.

Mohammad Shahzad’s start: Kasigo Rabada opened the bowling for South Africa and was smashed left and right by the Afghan opener. He went for 11 runs in his first over, courtesy of a six and a boundary from Shahzad’s bat, and got the same treatment in his next over. In between, Kyle Abbott was smacked for 22 by Shahazad. When Afghanistan touched the 50-run mark, 44 runs of those had come from Shahzad’s bat. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, he was dismissed in the fourth over for 47 from 19 deliveries.

Chris Morris’ four wickets: It was Morris who dismissed Shahzad and put a break in Afghanistan’s run machine. It was not wrong to assume that Afghanistan were well on their way to a superb victory with the way the opener had taken on the South African pacers throughout his innings. Morris later dismissed the opposition’s skipper, Asghar Stanikzai, just when the latter was seen to join the party with a couple of boundaries. The pacer even claimed the wickets of Dawalat Zadran and Rashid Khan towards the end of the second innings. He finished with figures of 4 for 27 in 4 overs.

(Sakshi Gupta, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a sports fanatic whose mantra in life is “do only what you enjoy.” Her Twitter handle is @sakshi2929)