Winless so far in the tournament, both South Africa and Afghanistan will be excitedly hoping to tick the triumph box when they take on one another in a World Cup experience in Cardiff on Saturday. Dejected, the two bottom-placed teams that this will be their most obvious opportunity to post their first win in the continuous 50-over showpiece.
South Africa’s performance so far in the tournament has been baffling no doubt. Their best result so far has been a ‘no result’ attributable to their washed out match against the West Indies on Monday, which return on the of a hat-trick of comprehensive defeats.
Afghanistan, who face South Africa on Saturday, also have endured a comparable destiny in the tournament up until this point, as their batting breakdown have given their elegant bowling line-up little to shield. In the three matches they have played up until now, Afghanistan have overseen scores of 207, 152 and 172 – aggregates that have been esteemed chaseable decades back in ODI cricket.
Add to that the vulnerability over the wellness of their star spinner Rashid Khan and the charges leveled against the selectors by dropped guardian batsman Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan to be sure appear to be on a precarious ground. It implies that if South Africa get any chance of escaping the groove they as of now wind up in, it is in this match.
This is the 21st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The match will occur at The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The match will begin at 6 PM IST today. It will be communicated live on StarSports network. Online watchers can logon to Hotstar for all the live action.
South Africa are uncertain whether to take a bet on harmed quick bowler Lungi Ngidi when they take on Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday while Hashim Amla could get another go at the highest point of the request as he tries to get a few keeps running added to his belt.
Rashid Khan is relied upon to highlight in this game regardless of wandering off with a blackout in the past game against New Zealand. No progressions are on the cards for Afghanistan albeit better performances are all together from any semblance of Rahmat Shah and Gulbadin Naib with the bat.
South Africa: 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
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan
Quinton de Kock (c), Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Aiden Markram, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Aftab Alam.