CARDIFF – Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has admitted he was a “very relieved” man after his team closed out their first victory of the World Cup here on Saturday evening.
South Africa ran through Afghanistan in just 34.1 overs, dismissing the Asian nation for 125. Imran Tahir was the chief-destroyer with 4/29, while all-rounders Chris Morris (3/13) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2/18) played their part too.
Quinton de Kock (68) and Hashim Amla (41*) then ate a chunk out of the target with South Africa’s first 100-run partnership of the World Cup before Phehlukwayo, promoted to No 3, finished off the job.
“Very relieved. Feel a little bit lighter,” Du Plessis said after the nine-wicket victory. “But I think in all our cricket today was much better and much more competitive.
“We spoke a lot about energy in the field and stuff and I think you can really, really see a big difference today on the team. So really pleased with the bowlers. I thought once again Andy and Chris were very good through the middle there. The two of them are starting to put in some real consistent performances now for us with the ball, and that's very, very pleasing to see.”