Date & Time: Saturday, June 15, 18:00 IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
No Team wants to be at the bottom
It is the first ever ODI between South Africa and Afghanistan, which is to be played on Saturday. It couldn’t have come at an apter moment than this, where both the teams are in search for their first win in the World Cup. A loss here will potentially take out the team out of the run to the semifinals. The two teams look to warn each other with their respective bowling attacks. How they tackle the very challenge will eventually determine the result of the match.
Afghanistan is unlikely to change the playing XI, unless they consider extra spinner. For South Africa, a call on Lungi Ngidi will be taken brfore the match if he is fit to play. Hendricks makes way for him. There is also a possibility of considering Duminy in place of Markram.
The surface in Cardiff has produced three contrasting results so far in the tournament, where weather played a big part in those results. On Saturday the conditions are again going to have an effect on the performance. As per the forecast, there is a chance for a couple of showers early in the match and overcast conditions are expected to prevail throughout the day.
Faf du Plessis
He had a tough time in the last couple of weeks on and off the field while leading South Africa. There are a lot of things to ponder for him as a captain and as an experienced batsman of the side. On Saturday it’s no different, in fact, it is a must-win situation. The onus is on him to come up with a characteristic knock against Afghanistan.
Rassie van der Dussen
He has been getting good starts on a consistent basis in the last five matches, now it’s about time to fine tune that into something big. His ability to handle spinners makes him one of the must-have batsmen in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team in today’s match. Afghanistan is known to rely on their spinners to get the job done, irrespective of the conditions offered.
He may have departed without scoring much in the last game, but he is one of the few Afghan batsmen who can handle pace well. He has scored 51 against Australia and 43 against Sri Lanka in testing times. He also has come into the World Cup on the back of good form. So, these factors make him a worthy batsman to have in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He holds the key of the Proteas bowling unit; with Ngidi’s availability uncertain the responsibility on him piles up. He has picked 8 wickets in the last five matches in the format and there is every chance he will continue the good form against Afghanistan as well.
Aftab who had replaced Hassan in the match has proven to be the most productive pacer of the tournament for Afghanistan. Come Saturday, he will be crucial for the side once again with overcast conditions likely to be on offer. If he bowls the way he did against Kiwis, he can pose a real threat for Protea batsmen.