South Africa finally got a World Cup win under their belt as they eased to a nine-wicket triumph over Afghanistan at Sophia Gardens on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a semifinal berth.
Leg spinner Imran Tahir took 4-29 as he engineered an Afghani collapse after a 75-minute rain break as they were dismissed for 125. Chris Morris contributed with figures of 3-13 and Andile Phehlukwayo took two wickets for 18.
The South Africans then set about the slightly adjusted target of 127 from 48 overs in cautious fashion, reaching 131-1 with 19 overs to spare.
Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock put together a 104-run opening wicket partnership before De Kock was dismissed for 68.
Scores in Brief
Afghanistan: 125 all out in 34.1 overs (Zadran 32, Rashid 35; Morris 3-13, Tahir 4-29)
South Africa: 131 for 1 in 28.4 overs (Amla 41 not out, de Kock 68)
Result: South Africa won by 9 wickets.