In the double-header tomorrow, South Africa will take on Afghanistan at the Sophia Gardens in an intriguing contest. After beating Pakistan in the warm-up match, Afghanistan has not been impressive in the league fixtures and suffered three consecutive defeats. Meanwhile, the Proteas have also had a rough phase in this tournament as they remain winless in this tournament. Both the teams would be eyeing to open their World Cup account when they face-off in Cardiff tomorrow.

 

Match Details

 

Date: Saturday, 15th June 2019

Time: 06:00 PM IST

Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

  

Venue Stats

 

Avg 1st Innings score: 229

Avg 2nd Innings score: 213

Highest Total: 386/6 (50 Ov) by ENG vs BAN

Lowest Total: 136/10 (29.2 Ov) by SL vs NZ

Highest Chased: 304/6 (48.2 Ov) by PAK vs ENG

Lowest Defended: 169/10 (23.3 Ov) by ENG vs NZ

 

Team News

 

South Africa

  • Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament following his injury while Beuran Hendricks will replace him in the starting lineup.
  • Aiden Markram might be given another chance at the number-3 spot.

Afghanistan

  • Shahzad has been ruled out for the remaining of the tournament.
  • 18-year-old Ikram Ali Khil will replace him in the starting lineup.
  • Mujeeb ur Rahman might return to feature in the playing XI.

 

Squads

 

South Africa

Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, JP Duminy, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir

Afghanistan

Gulbadin Naib (C), Hamid Hassan, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman

 

Key Players

 

South Africa

  • Quinton de Kock
  • Faf du Plessis
  • Kagiso Rabada

Afghanistan

  • Hazratullah Zazai
  • Md. Nabi
  • Rashid Khan

 

Probable Playing XI

 

South Africa

Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram , Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, , Imran Tahir

Afghanistan

Ikram Ali Khil, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Ashgar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Md. Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur  Rahman, Aftab Alam and Dawlat Zadran