Du Plessis scored 65 off 40 in his side's chase against MCA XI.© Getty Images
Du Plessis scored 65 off 40 in his side’s chase against MCA XI.© Getty Images

South Africa chased down 189 runs off just 17 overs against Mumbai Cricket Association XI at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai with 8 wickets left. After the Proteas won the toss and elected to field first, MCA XI began their innings well. Akhil Herwadkar and Shashank Singh were going all guns blazing and reached 64/0 in just 6 overs. Phangiso was brought in and got the important wicket of Shashank who was starting to look dangerous. Herwadkar,though notched up his fifty and then got out. South African batters JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien changed dug-outs and came on for MCA to bat but couldn’t add much to the score.It was David Wiese and Armaan Jaffer who took the score upto 188 in 20 overs to set up a highly competitive chase for South Africa. Kyle Abbott and Kagiso Rabada proved to be very expensive for the Proteas as they leaked runs. Poor bowling figures were evident of their performance prior to the World T20 Super-10 stage. Dale Steyn and Chris Morris were the most economical pace bowlers alongside Phangiso who produced a decent spell of spin bowling. Read Full Match Scorecard: South Africa vs Mumbai Cricket Association XI, Live Score, 16th T20 Match, T20 WC Warm up matches, 2016

 

Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla came out to open for South Africa. De Kock was looking dangerous until Shardul Thakur sent him back to the pavilion. Faf Du Plessis then came out. He carried on the momentum with Amla and didn’t let the run-rate go more than what was required. The duo found boundaries and sixes at regular intervals and never really looked in any sort of pressure. They put on a 76-runs partnership to tilt the match in South Africa’s favor before Amla was picked up Dabholkar, caught by Duminy. With 92 needed off 60 and a strong batting line-up to follow, AB de Villiers came on to the crease. Du Plessis meanwhile wasn’t cooling down. He kept himself busy with singles and doubles, and finding the boundary every now and then. The batting duo didn’t even spare their own team-mates Duminy and Imran Tahir when they came onto bowl and smashed them for plenty. Tahir couldn’t keep his colleagues in the South African team quiet and instead bowled too many bad deliveries along with extras. De Villiers made the most of his poor bowling in the 15th over when the match was all but finished. Miller came on for Du Plessis as the job was almost done, but De Villiers was in a hurry to finish things off and smashed Harshal Soni for 16 runs off the last 4 balls in the 17th over to complete a fabulous run-chase. South Africa will now head into the Super-10 stage of the World T20 with high confidence and immense belief in their batting.