Afghanistan vs South Africa, 21st Match
Date:- 15th June 2019, 06:00 PM IST
Venue:- Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
The story has been the same so far, another day where cloud covers are expected and rain will be halting the first half of the game. These conditions generally assist the seam bowlers who can do some early damage with the new ball.
Two teams who are yet to taste success in the ICC World Cup 2019 will be squaring off at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The teams we are talking about here are Afghanistan and South Africa. After facing 3 defeats in a row, Afghanistan is languishing at the bottom, whereas, South Africa having lost 3 matches and involved in an abandoned game are placed right above Afghanistan at the 9th position.
This would be the first-ever meeting between these two sides in One-day Internationals and nothing better than a crunch situation like this. With World Cup semi-final spot on the line, a loss here for either side will be curtains to their World Cup campaign for 2019.
Rashid Khan was hit on his had by a lethal bouncer from Lockie Ferguson in the last game against New Zealand. However, he seems fine now and the skipper is expecting him to be fully fit before this encounter.
Lungi Ngidi is expected to partner Kagiso Rabada with the new ball after the former missed few games due to a hamstring injury.
Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Aftab Alam, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali khil.
Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks/Lungi Ngidi, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir
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