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In Ahmedabad, India, Quinton de Kock firmly established his leading position on the run-scorers’ chart by contributing 41 runs off 47 balls as the opening batsman for South Africa. Although he managed to hit two fours and three sixes, the crucial role in anchoring the innings and building vital partnerships during the middle overs was played by Rassie van der Dussen.

Rashid Khan, a wrist spinner renowned for his performances with the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League at the Narendra Modi Stadium, showcased his skills by taking 2-37 in his allotted 10 overs. Andile Phehlukwayo, filling in for the rested Marco Jansen, capitalized on the opportunity, delivering an impressive performance with an unbeaten 39 off 37 balls, featuring three sixes. His partnership with Van der Dussen amounted to an unbeaten 65-run stand.

On the opposing side, Afghanistan faced a shaky start with the bat, reaching 45-3 in 10.5 overs. However, Azmatullah Omarzai emerged as the savior, crafting an unbeaten 97 in 107 balls, including seven fours and three sixes.

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Having won the toss and choosing to bat first, Afghanistan maintained an unchanged lineup, while South Africa made two alterations, with Phehlukwayo replacing Jansen and Coetzee stepping in for wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.

As Afghanistan bid farewell to the ICC World Cup 2023 following their elimination, Rashid Khan, who played a crucial role in their victories over England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands, expressed his gratitude. He wrote, “Gave it our all one last time.” Former England captain Michael Vaughan acknowledged Rashid’s sentiments, saying, “You all have been a pleasure to watch. Great team spirit, Rash.” Rashid concluded the tournament with 11 wickets at an economy rate of 4.48 in nine matches.