In the Afghanistan versus South Africa cricket match, Andile Phehlukwayo found himself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. The game started with Afghanistan choosing to bat first and enjoying a steady beginning. However, things took a turn for the worse for them as they lost three wickets quickly after the eighth over. Rahmat Shah and Azmatullah Omarzai then formed a resilient partnership, managing a composed 51-run stand.
The turning point of the match occurred when Lungi Ngidi managed to break through their partnership. But, before this breakthrough, there was a crucial moment that could have changed the course of the game earlier. Andile Phehlukwayo, the Proteas all-rounder, had a chance to dismiss Rahmat Shah through a run-out.
In the 23rd over, Azmatullah Omarzai hit a well-placed shot off Phehlukwayo’s delivery, lofting it over cover. Temba Bavuma, positioned at mid-off, chased down the ball near the ropes and swiftly threw it accurately to Phehlukwayo, who was a couple of yards behind the stumps. Meanwhile, the Afghan batsmen, having completed two runs, contemplated going for a third but changed their minds in the middle of the pitch.
This is where the golden opportunity presented itself. Phehlukwayo had ample time to run to the stumps and potentially run out Rahmat Shah, who was stranded in the middle of the pitch. However, what unfolded next was a series of hesitations and a surprising lack of accuracy.
Instead of seizing the opportunity with a straightforward run-out, Phehlukwayo hesitated, then hesitated again, and finally attempted a direct hit. Despite the simplicity of the task at hand, he failed to execute the throw accurately, letting a chance to dismiss the in-form Rahmat Shah slip away.
Watch Andile Phehlukwayo’s Missed Run-Out Opportunity Shakes South Africa
— bhupendar jogi (@JogiBhupen85333) November 10, 2023
Andile Phehlukwayo clowning with a clear run out chance.
— Bra Slebza (@BraSlebza) November 10, 2023
Tabraiz Shamsi and Marco Jansen is rested with Gerald Coetzee and Andile Phehlukwayo getting a chance today. The Proteas will have another opportunity to test themselves in a chase#SAvAFG #CWC23 #BePartOfIt pic.twitter.com/BdXNa7zeJv
— Ntokozo Masuku (@visse_ss) November 10, 2023
I really dont rate Andile Phehlukwayo
— Tumelo Legodi (@Tumelo_Jhb) November 10, 2023