AB de Villiers    Getty Images
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South Africa posted a second consecutive 200-plus total in ICC World T20 2016 during their Group 1 match against Afghanistan at Mumbai. JP Duminy remained unbeaten on 29 off 20 as South Africa posted 209 in 20 overs on Sunday. It was a joint effort from AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis who contributed with the scores of 64, 45 and 41 that led South Africa to this mammoth total. The bowlers who bagged wickets for Afghanistan were Mohammad Nabi, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran and Shapoor Zadran. However, their spells were not good enough to stop this world class batting line-up from scoring big in a must win match for both the sides. LIVE SCORECARD: South Africa vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 20 at Mumbai

De Kock went off the mark with a superb boundary in the very second delivery he had faced. It was Amir Hamza s bowling; de Kock beat the two men behind the point before smashing it towards the square leg in the next ball. Just when Haza touched 92ks, QdK went for a beautiful drive through the covers giving South Africa once again a flying start with 12 runs off the first over. The wicketkeeper-batsman was simply on fire, he did not spare Afghanistan s probably the best bowler, Dawalt Zadran who had the ball from the other end.

Despite the ball was as fast as 132ks, de Kock treated it in the same way. He grabbed another two boundaries in the second over, posting 21 runs off 2 overs. Just when Hashim Amla seemed to have joined the party with a four on the third delivery of third over, Shapoor Zadran put brake on the Proteas runs by dismissing Amla in the next delivery. He went outside off and while trying to go over the covers, he got an edge that was easily caught by Asghar Stanikzai at mid-off. Amla s dismissal left South Africa at 25 for 1 in 2.4 overs. However, that breakthrough did not affect the run rate of the Proteas as de Kock is again on fire, has already smashed two sixes and six boundaries.

Amla s wicket saw Faf du Plessis walk in the middle to join de Kock. The South African Twenty20 International (T20I) skipper went off the mark by smashing a yorker from Mohammad Nabi towards the covers. In reply, Nabi went outside leg to not let du Plessis get a connection but the batsman still managed to loft it over the mid-off for another boundary. Out of those 66 runs from the powerplay overs, South Africa s 60 runs came from the boundaries which surely is a not a good start for Afghanistan.

There was no end to de Kock and du Plessis taking on the Afghan bowlers. The sixth over saw the duo bag a total of 17 runs by sharing two sixes and a boundary with them with the four going into du Plessis account. Afghanistan s spearhead, Dawlat had no answers to their batting. However, it was Amir s over again when a breakthrough was made. Du Plessis cut it towards the cover and ran for a two and eventually fell short of the crease by an inch despite a full-length dive. His wicket was followed by de Kock s dismissal an over later. Amir Hamza had a second wicket to his name when de Kock s edged delivery was caught by Mohammad Shezad behind the wickets.

And all of a sudden, South Africa had two new batsmen at the crease AB de Villiers and JP Duminy. The duo hardly took time to settle down as they went on to put up 76 runs for the fourth wicket off just 5.5 overs. Mohammad Nabi claimed the wicket of the big man, de Villiers in the 18th over. However, de Villiers had already done the damage. The Mumbai crowd witnessed one of de Villiers typical innings which was inclusive of five sixes and four boundaries. After his dismissal, the explosive David Miller came in, scored a quick 20-ball 29 and was out on the penultimate ball of the innings.

Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first. hey have made a huge change by keeping their spearhead Dale Steyn out and have brought in David Wiese instead.

Brief scores:

South Africa 209 for 5 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 41, AB de Villiers 64; Amir Hamza 1 for 25) vs Afghanistan.

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(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)