Imran Tahir too good for Afghanistan as South Africa ease to win
• Afghanistan 125; South Africa 131-1
• Imran Tahir (4-29) and Chris Morris (3-13) prompt collapse
If Afghanistan are the standard bearers for the old ICC associate cricketing nations, they are not advancing the cause so far in this World Cup. They have been unlucky. There may be a bit of turmoil behind the scenes in the running of their team; they have certainly been disrupted more than most by the vagaries of the English weather. But they keep getting thrashed.
They have been pursued around the country by rain clouds. As a consequence they have played on damp, green surfaces; their matches have been annoyingly interrupted, an inconvenience to which more hardened pros are more readily accustomed. And they have developed a nasty habit of collapsing spectacularly. As a consequence they have scored nowhere near enough runs to give any scope for their two gifted spinners, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, to cause an upset.Continue reading...