Strong batting takes South Africa to second warm-up win
AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis smash half-centuries to help team chase down Mumbai XI’s 188 in final ICC World T20 warm-up
15 March 2016 18:50
South Africa cantered to an eight-wicket win in their final warm-up match.
Du Plessis won the toss and stuck Mumbai Cricket Association XI in. As had been the case when England played its warm-up match against a Mumbai XI on Monday, this time too, four of the South African squad were part of the opposition, with JP Duminy, Farhaan Behardien, David Wiese and Imran Tahir in the Mumbai XI.
The Mumbai innings was driven by Akhil Herwadkar’s 61 off 45 at the top of the order, and late hits by Wiese (34 not out off 19) and Armaan Jaffer (24 not out off 12) which pushed the total to a formidable 188 for 4. South Africa was equal to the task however, with Hashim Amla contributing 38 off 25 to get the chase off to a quick start. With du Plessis smashing 65 off 40 before retiring out, de Villiers came in and got some valuable hitting time, racing to 52 not out off only 23 balls as South Africa got to 190 for 2 in just 17 overs.
Mumbai got off to a quick start, with Shashank Singh providing Herwadkar good company in a 75-run stand that came off just 7.2 overs. There was a mini-wobble when Herwadkar became the second one to fall, Mumbai going from 111 for 1 to 131 for 4, but the duo of Wiese and Jaffer found the fence regularly – or went over it – as the last five overs brought 57 runs.
Aaron Phangiso’s 1 for 13 in four overs were the best figures, but Dale Steyn and Chris Morris also held their own, giving up only 23 runs each in the four overs each one bowled, though neither got a wicket.
Set a challenging target, Quinton de Kock gave South Africa the perfect start before falling for a 12-ball 19, but Amla and du Plessis carried the momentum from there. The two put on 76 runs in just 46 balls before Amla was caught by Duminy off Vishal Dabholkar’s left-arm spin. But at 97 for 2 in the 10th over, South Africa was well on track, and even though du Plessis retired when the score had moved to 155 for 2 in 15 overs, with de Villiers turning it on, the chase was well within control.
Dabholar (1 for 25) and Shardul Thakur (1 for 19) were Mumbai’s only wicket-takers.
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