Afghanistan bring up 100 in the 25th over as Ikram Alikhil looks to counterattack. He does succeed to an extent, slamming Phehlukwayo for a four straight over his head and then swinging Ngidi across the line over long-on. But Coetzee’s pace does the damage once more. He ruffles up Alikhil with a sharp bouncer that whistles past him and goes for four byes. What that short ball did was keep Alikhil on the backfoot. Coetzee then gets the line back of a length on the stumps. Alikhil is caught on the crease and meekly pokes at the ball getting a thin edge to de Kock.
The very next over, it is Mohammad Nabi who departs giving Quinton de Kock his fourth catch of the innings. It needed a review, but the right decision was made in the end. Back of a length ball outside off, Nabi looks to glide it to deep third without any foot movement. He can only get a feather through to the ‘keeper. The on-field umpire hasn’t heard anything but de Kock very quickly asks Bavuma to go upstairs and is vindicated. Afghanistan six down for not many.
Afghanistan: 124 for 6 after 29 overs