The rump seated teams are under immense pressure as they stay right at the bottom with 0 and 1 point respectively.
The South African team is currently having a nightmare as they have lost all the played matches; but sharing 1 point in their previous match against West Indies, due to rain. Afghanistan sure lost their first three games, but it would be unfair if we take away any credits from them.
The underdogs have been putting in blood and sweat on the field and giving it their all. This match will be a test for the Afghans as they stay below the Proteas and will have to give in more than a 100% as South Africa will come down hunting for those 2 points.
Both the teams haven’t had a pleasant start to their World Cup journey, so far, but now have a chance at redemption as we come towards the half-way mark.
Team news South Africa (Probable XI): Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Faf du Plessis (C), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Aiden Markram Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir.
Afghanistan (Probable XI): Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan.
Kagiso Rabada vs Hazratullah Zaizai
The right-arm fast bowler is currently on a mission to make a mark in this WC. Currently, Rabada has 4 wickets in his 3 played matches.
Ranked 5th in the ODI bowlers list, Kagiso has been a fearsome bowler since his debut, back in 2015.
The former No.1 ranked ODI bowler has 110 wickets under his belt in just 69 matches with an average of 26 and s/r of 32. Rabada is easily a fiery bowler that has been playing a crucial role for his team by picking up wickets at regular intervals and bowling economically as well.
Zaizai is known for his explosive batting and playing excruciating shots in the beginning stage of an innings. The 21 year old youngster, helps provide his team with an explosive start, but has failed to convert.
His short stay at the crease helps his side get a 30-40, but fails to convert that into a huge score and has only 1 half century under his belt in 11 matches with an average of just over 22.
This battle between the young guns would definitely be a treat to watch.
Faf du Plessis vs Rashid Khan
Faf has been a pillar for South African cricket ever since he stepped into the captain’s shoes. The ace batsman averages a high 46 in ODIs and has over 5000 runs in just 138 matches. He’s also ranked 6th in the ODI rankings list, currently.
Faf has the scores of 5, 62 and 38 in this WC so far. The maestro will be looked up to by his fans and team mates to steer not only this innings, but the whole of South Africa’s innings, throughout the World Cup.
Rashid probably needs no critical information as the ODI No.2 ranked all-rounder has claimed the cricket field as his stage and has been performing his very best, every game he gets.
The right arm spin sensation just has 3 wickets in this tournament so far, making him even hungrier for more wickets in the coming matches.
This battle will be crucial as the ‘Young Sensation’ will take on the Proteas Reliable Captain.
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This won’t occur as any surprise that the Proteas are expected to clinch their first win in this Tournament by defeating Afghanistan to keep their hopes alive.
However, rain looms over the hopes of SA as there is a high possibility of a washout, yet again.
Team CricWizz believes that South Africa will take down the Afghani team with ease, but the spinners will show some resistance. De Lock is expected to score a big one tomorrow and guide the African innings.
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