World Cup preview for Afghanistan vs South Africa

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15 Jun 2019

Afghanistan vs South Africa: Preview, pitch report and TV listing

Afghanistan are all set to take on South Africa in the match number 21 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday.

This is a clash between the teams who are placed at the bottom of the table, as they are in the hunt of their opening win.

Let us analyze things further in this match preview.

Previous ties

Afghanistan drubbed by New Zealand, South Africa yet to win

Afghanistan drubbed by New Zealand, South Africa yet to win

South Africa are coming off a washed out tie against Windies, while Afghanistan lost their last match to New Zealand.

Afghanistan lost against Kiwis by seven wickets, while the fragility of their batting line-up was on display.

On the other hand, South Africa too have many issues and they would use this game as an opportunity to bounce back.

Proteas enter as favorites.

Team news

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Chris Morris among players to make impact

Considering the players who could make an impact, Proteas would be wary of Hashmatullah Shahidi, who was good with the bat in the last game, while pacer Aftab Alam too could dictate the proceedings.

For SA, Chris Morris would be important, while pacer Kagiso Rabada is their best bet.

Further, it would be interesting to see if veteran Imran Tahir can spin a web.

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Afghans clash against Proteas for the first time in ODIs

Talking about the head-to-head records between the sides, the data-sheet is empty, as they haven't played an ODI till now. This would be their first official ODI clash and would be interesting to see who draws first blood.

Pitch report

A sporty wicket could await teams at Cardiff

A sporty wicket could await teams at Cardiff

As for the pitch at Cardiff, it has seen three games.

While the opening two matches saw moderate totals being scored, the last match was a high-scoring one, before rain played spoilsport.

Thus, chances are the pitch could behave either way, and the teams are likely to move in with a balanced side.

However, there is a 90% chance of rain, again.

Predicted XI

Here's the predicted XI for both the sides

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (captain), Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wicket-keeper), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Faf du Plessis (captain), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks.

Match details

When, where and how to watch?

When, where and how to watch?

Match: Afghanistan vs South Africa

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Time: 6:00 PM IST

Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1, Select 1 and other regional languages channels of Star Sports.

Where to watch (Online): Hotstar

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When did South Africa win the World Cup?

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South Africa are yet to win the World Cup to date.

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Afghanistan were ousted in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

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