MUMBAI6 - South Africa captain Faf du Plessis praised AB de Villiers's "match-changing" half century as South Africa defeated Afghanistan by 37 runs in their World Twenty20 clash in Mumbai on Sunday.

The right-handed batsman scored a quick-fire 64 to propel the Proteas to 209/5 before Chris Morris's four wickets helped restrict Afghanistan to 172 all out on the last ball. De Villiers smashed five sixes and four fours in his 29-ball knock as South Africa got their bid for a first international trophy back on track after an opening day loss to England.

"He wants to show he's a world-great batsman and I'm hoping today will make him really, really hungry to go out and score massive runs," du Plessis said of de Villiers. "Not just to have small impacts of 20 run-bursts but actually have a match-changing impact and today he did that. He played beautifully," he added.

The skipper also lavished praise on Morris, who was named man of the match after he took four for just 27 in the Super 10 Group One match. "He bowled with great intensity," the Proteas captain told reporters.

South Africa won the toss and opted to bat with elegant left-hander Quinton de Kock making 45 off 31 balls, including six fours and two sixes at the Wankhede Stadium. Du Plessis made a tidy 41, which included seven fours and one six, before being run out in messy fashion in the tenth over but opener Hashim Amla only made five.

South Africa sat on 92/2 at the half-way stage of their innings before de Villiers came in and upped their run-rate, hitting Rashid Khan for an astonishing four sixes in the 17th over. He was caught by Noor Ali Zadran off Mohammad Nabi near the boundary in the 18th though as he attempted yet another six.

David Miller made 19 while JP Duminy was not out on 29 as South Africa set the Afghans a formidable run-chase of 210. They made a flying start, racing to 50 in 3.4 overs, as destructive opener Shahzad did his best to frighten South Africa's bowlers in the early stages.

He hit three sixes and a four off a Kyle Abbott over. "I did worry because that was not the way I wanted to start," said du Plessis. "We need to get a lot better in the first three or four overs. We were a little soft in our execution and need to work on that."

But any hopes the Afghans had of causing a sensational upset were effectively over when Shahzad was bowled by Morris for 44 with the last ball of the fourth over. "The target was slightly too much," a smiling Shahzad told reporters afterwards, adding that de Villiers was "the difference between the two sides". Morris grabbed his second wicket shortly after taking his first when Afghan captain Stanikzai was caught behind by wicketkeeper de Kock for seven runs. The right-arm paceman was the star of South Africa's bowling attack, also grabbing the wickets of Rashid Khan and Dawlat Zadran.

2 Number of totals of 200 or more for South Africa in this World T20, which is the first instance of a team making more than one 200-plus total in a single edition of a World T20. South Africa had made 229 for 4 against England at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday, before making 209 for 5 against Afghanistan at the same venue on Sunday. This was their 10th total of 200 or more in T20Is and fourth in World T20s - both being records.

29 Runs scored by AB de Villiers in an over from Rashid Khan, which is the joint-second best by a batsman in an over in World T20s. Only Yuvraj Singh's 36 runs off Stuart Broad in Durban in 2007 tops de Villiers' effort. Sri Lanka's Jehan Mubarak had also scored 29 runs off Kenya's Lameck Onyango in the inaugural edition of the World T20.

32 Runs scored by Mohammad Shahzad in the first two overs of the innings, which is the second most by a batsman in T20Is. David Warner had scored 33 against West Indies at the SCG in 2010 in first two overs. Both batsmen hit four sixes each.

172 Afghanistan's total in this match - the highest from an Associate side against a Full Member. Afghanistan had made 153 for 7 in their last match against Sri Lanka, which is third in the list. In their only previous T20I against South Africa, Afghanistan were dismissed for 80 in Bridgetown in the World T20 in 2010.

Scoreboard

SOUTH AFRICA:

Q de Kock c Shahzad b Hamza 45

H Amla c Stanikzai b Shapoor Zadran 5

F du Plessis run out 41

AB de Villiers c Noor Ali Zadran b Nabi 64

JP Duminy not out 29

D Miller c Naib b Dawlat Zadran 19

D Wiese not out 0

EXTRAS: (lb 2, w4) 6

TOTAL: (5 wkts, 20 overs) 209

FOW: 1-25, 2-90, 3-97, 4-173, 5-203

BOWLING: Hamza 3-0-25-1, Dawlat Zadran 3-0-46-1, Shapoor Zadran 3-0-28-1, Nabi 4-0-35-1, Khan 4-0-51-0, Shenwari 3-0-22-0

AFGHANISTAN:

M Shahzad b Morris 44

N Ali Zadran st de Kock b Tahir 25

A Stanikzai c de Kock b Morris 7

G Naib c de Kock b Abbott 26

M Nabi c de Villiers b Tahir 11

S Shenwari c Wiese b Abbott 25

N Zadran c de Kock b Rabada 12

R Khan b Morris 11

D Zadran b Morris 0

A Hamza not out 3

S Zadran b Rabada 1

EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 6) 7

TOTAL: (all out, 20 overs) 172

FOW: 1-52, 2-60, 3-105, 4-109, 5-140, 6-156, 7-156, 8-167, 9-169, 10-172

BOWLING: Rabada 4-0-37-2, Abbott 4-0-36-2, Morris 4-0-27-4, Tahir 4-0-24-2, Wiese 4-0-47-0

TOSS: South Africa

UMPIRES: Chris Gaffaney (NZL) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)

TV UMPIRE: Sundaram Ravi (IND)

MATCH REFEREE: David Boon (AUS)

Super 10 Group 1

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR

West Indies 1 1 0 0 0 2 +0.973

South Africa 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.816

Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0 0 2 +0.580

England 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.408

Afghanistan 2 0 2 0 0 0 -1.248

Super 10 Group 2

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR

New Zealand 2 2 0 0 0 4 +1.375

Pakistan 2 1 1 0 0 2 +0.999

India 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.895

Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.400

Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0 0 -2.750