Cardiff, United Kingdom, June 15 – Faf du Plessis said South Africa must win all remaining games if they have a chance of reaching the club after their first win against Afghanistan on Saturday World Cup semi-finals want to have.
The proteas got off to a hot start in England and Wales and lost their first three games before the A No Result Against the West Indies.
But the result was never called into question in Cardiff. The man of the match, Imran Tahir, defeated four goals as South Africa played Afghanistan for a meager 125 before triumphing nine wickets.
South African skipper Du Plessis said his players had increased their game in the match, which was reduced to 48 overs per side after two rain delays.
"I hope this is a true confidence boost for everyone in the team. he said. "And there's a bit of weight that you think is off your shoulders, so now the boys – we know what's in front of you.
" We have to win every game we play. But today was a really good step in the right direction.
South Africa, which missed injured Paceman Dale Steyn, lost to England, Bangladesh and India before taking a point in his rain-damaged game against the West Indies.
] Her Saturday win brings her to seventh place in the 10-team table after five games, but her chances of qualifying for the semi-final by finishing in the top four are low, and New Zealand and Australia are still standing before their remaining four games.
South Africa has taken the time to pursue its goal, but Afghanistan, which looks out at depth from the World Cup, did not have the weapons to harass its opponents.
Hashim Amla (41) and Quinton de Kock (68) took the first goal to 104, before Afghan captain Gulbadin Naib De Kock got caught by Mohammad Nabi.
Amla and Andile Phehlukwayo saw South Africa over the line as they reached the revised 127 goal on the 29th.
– Afghanistan collapse –
There was little evidence of the impending carnage when Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran completed 39 runs for Afghanistan's first wicket.
Zazai was the first to leave, and when leg spinner Tahir Zadran played 32 with bowling When he hit his first ball and then Asghar Afghane while bowling, Afghanistan had big problems.
Nabi was the third Afghan batsman to lose his wicket within seven balls when he was knocked down by Phehlukwayo.
When Naib was caught by Aiden Markram at the bowling of Tahir, Afghanistan was 77: 7 on the verge of disaster.
Rashid Khan hit 35 of 25 balls with six fours, but even with his late success, the score could only increase to 125.
"We did not expect this spell from Tahir," Nabi said. "We did well against the sailors, but the batsmen did not take responsibility in the middle." We need a good amount on the board, so we needed a partnership. We made many mistakes.
"We have a lot of batsmen in the team. We need them in the middle of the innings to push the scoreboard up. "