Afghanistan and South Africa would square off against each other in the 21st fixture of ICC World Cup 2019 on Saturday. The match is set to be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Both the teams have lost their three matches respectively and now they would only be focusing on how to snatch the victory from each other hands. Afghanistan would take an advantage of their spinners as Africans struggles to score runs when the ball seems to be turning. Decent score on the scoreboard would help Afghans to give a tough fight to the chokers.
From Guide (last five ODIs):
Afghanistan: L, L, L, W, L
South Africa: NR, L, L, L, W
When and Where:
AFGH vs SA, Match 21, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
6:00 PM IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The pitch might get some surprises for the bowlers and this is the same venue where Afghanistan lost against South Africa. Now the Afghans have a fair chance to take their vengeance.
Weather is expected to be fine on the match day.
JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi were replaced by Aiden Markram and Beuran Hendricks in the rained out encounter against West Indies. So they would definitely feature against Afghanistan, that means Africans would go unchanged.
Afghanistan Team News:
Wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury.
Ikram Alikhil was brought in place of Shahzad in the previous game against New Zealand.
Dawlat Zardan might feature against South Africa who rested in the previous game.
Noor Ali Zadran came in place of Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the previous game.
Rashid Khan: The afghani Golden Arm would definitely trouble the batsmen with his goggles. He is capable of plucking crucial wickets in the middle overs of the innings. He is even good at the fielding and his overall skills have led ICC to name him one of the five most exciting prospects to look forward to in the upcoming tournament.
K Rabada: Playing his first World Cup, K Rabada has got himself in every mouth. South African pace bowler is a sheer pace machine and is capable of picking wickets in any conditions.
He has a bowling average of 26 and an economy of under 5. His teammates would be expecting a lot from Rabada as he could remove the Chokers tag that has been haunting every single Arfican player (Present or retired).
Afghanistan vs South Africa 2019 Cricket World Cup Predicted XIs & squads
Afghanistan probable playing11:
Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (c), Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (wk), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam/Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan
Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan.
South Africa probable playing11:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks
South Africa Squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, David Miller, JP Duminy, Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn, Dwaine Pretorius, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla.
Fantasy picks from South Africa:
De Kock: He could be really dangerous to the Afghanistan bowlers. He has got 118 runs in 4 innings at an average of 39.33. There would be a lot of expectations from de Kock’s willow.
Hashim Amla has been disappointing for South Africa in this World Cup. he could only score 25 runs in three matches, but you cannot let him go. He could turn up strong and demolish the entire Afghans bowling line up.
I Tahir: Tahir has been bowling well for Africans. he has bagged four wickets in three innings so far, but we are aware that how troubling he could be when in form. He averages in World Cup 2019 is 5.86 so far. He can be your vice-captain.
Fantasy picks from Afghanistan:
Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zardan gave a decent start to Afghanistan against New Zealand by putting up 66 runs and now the entire nation would only be praying that the opening pair remains in the form. Zazai scored 34 while Zardan smashed 31 runs off his bat.
H Shahidi scored 59 runs in the previous game against New Zealand with 9 fours. He is in form and must be your pick. He could be a good choice as a vice-captain.
A Alam was good with the ball in the previous game. he bagged three wickets conceding 45 runs in 8.1 overs at an economy of 5.51.
Risky players from Afghanistan: Dawlat Zadran