In the 42nd match of the ODI World Cup 2023, South Africa (SA) is set to face Afghanistan (AFG) at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Second-placed South Africa has secured a spot in the semi-finals and is slated to face five-time World Champions Australia. Consequently, the team is determined to surmount the obstacle presented by Hashmat Shahidi-led Afghanistan and enter the semi-finals with their confidence soaring.
On the other hand, Afghanistan will look to get back on the winning track, as a win here will keep them alive in the race for the semifinals. They will look for favourable results from other games if they win this one in Ahmedabad. However, the task looks daunting for Afghans, but the team should be proud to beat three World Champions in the ongoing tournament.
SA vs AFG Match details
SA vs AFG: Pitch Report:
The game will be played at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Being a day-night game, teams might opt to bat first, considering swinging under lights. However, the pitch in Motera offers a balanced fight between bat and ball. Batting is relatively easy in the second inning, while seam bowlers are the biggest threats.
SA vs AFG: Head-to-Head Records:
South Africa and Afghanistan have met only once in ODI World Cup history, with South Africa leading 1-0 in the mega event. The lone encounter occurred during the 2019 edition of the ODI World Cup. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, the match proved to be forgettable as they were bundled out for 125 runs. The Proteas easily chased down the target with 116 balls to spare.
SA vs AFG: Probable Playing XI:
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton De Kock (wk), Rassie Van Der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klassen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Gerald Cotezee, Lizard Williams, and Kagiso Rabada
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Ikram Alkhil (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad
SA vs AFG Dream 11 Fantasy Teams
Wicketkeepers: Q de Kock, R Gurbaz
Batters: R. V. der Dussen, H. Shahidi, and D. Miller
All-rounders: M. Nabi, A. Markram, A. Omarzai (C), and M. Jansen (VC).
Bowlers: K. Rabada, R. Khan
Head to Head:
Wicketkeepers: Q de Kock (C), H Klaasen, and R Gurbaz
Batters: R. V. der Dussen, H. Shahidi
All-rounders: M. Nabi, A. Markram, and M. Jansen
Bowlers: K Maharaj, K Rabada, R Khan (VC)