Monday's ICC men's T20 World Cup warm-up match between Afghanistan vs South Africa in Dubai on Monday will see two classy spinners in action. While Rashid Khan will lead Afghanistan's attack, a lot of focus will be on South Africa's Tabraiz Shamsi. When it comes to the best spinner at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, it's hard to look past Tabraiz Shamsi. The South African is ranked No.1 in the ICC Men’s T20 International Player Rankings for a reason and as a left-armer, he poses a significant challenge for batsmen. Left-arm wrist spinners are rare in international cricket and Shamsi is very consistent, can turn the ball both ways and has tremendous control. Shamsi should be an asset for South African skipper Temba Bavuma. Rashid Khan is fresh from the Indian Premier League and although his franchise finished at the bottom of the league table, leg-spinner Khan was effective as always. Afghanistan and South Africa are in different groups in the main competition. While Afghanistan start on October 25, the South Africans play Australia in their first game on October 23. Follow live scores and updates of AFG vs SA here.
19:00 PM IST: South Africa win
It's all over as Afghanistan were restricted to 104/8 in 20 overs giving South Africa a 41-run win. Captain Mohammad Nabi scored 34 for Afghans while Tabraiz Shamsi took three wickets for South Africa.
18:32 PM IST: Afghanistan in dire straits
South Africa have the upper hand here as Afghanistan are six men down for just 56 after 14 overs. Tabraiz Shamsi picked up two wickets for South Africa.
17:47 PM IST: Afghanistan lose both openers
Not the best of the starts for Afghanistan chasing 145. Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai are back in the hut for ducks as South African pacers make a rousing start. Afghanistan 22/2 after 4 overs. Karim Janat (9) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (13) in the middle.
17: 21 PM IST: Innings break
An Aiden Markram 48 and 10-ball 20 from David Miller help South Africa post 145/5 after 20 overs. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman took three wickets for 3/24.
17:02 PM IST: Markram falls short
Aiden Markram falls short of a half-century by just two runs. Meanwhile, Mijeeb Ur Rahman added two more wickets to his tally dismissing Rassie van der Dussen and Heinrich Klaasen cheaply. David Miller and Dwaine Pretorious are currently batting in the middle. South Africa 122/5 after 18 overs.
16:35 PM IST: SA lose Bavuma
Temba Bavuma fails to capitalise on the start as he fells for 30. Aiden Markram still going strong at 32 not out. Rassie van der Dussen (7*) is giving him company. South Africa 78/2 after 13 overs
16:13: Markram, Bavuma steady SA ship
After losing Quinton de Kock early, Aiden Markram (13*) and Temba Bavuma (20*) are steading the South African ship with some smart cricket. South Africa 41/1 after 8 overs.
15:53 PM IST: Quinton de Kock departs early
After a not-so-good IPL 2021 campaign with Mumbai Indians, Quinton de Kock's poor run with the bat continues as he gives a simple return catch to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Aiden Markram (10*) and Temba Bavuma (9*) are currently at the crease. South Africa 26/1 after 6 overs.
15:25 PM IST: Toss
South Africa Have won the toss and they will bat first.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Nabi(c), Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, Dawlat Zadran, Karim Janat, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hassan.
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Aiden Markram, Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Temba Bavuma(c), Wiaan Mulder, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi