In the 42nd match of the ODI World Cup 2023, South Africa (SA) is all set to face Afghanistan (AFG) at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. With their spot in the semi-finals secured, second-placed South Africa is geared up to take on the five-time World Champions, Australia. They aim to overcome the challenge presented by Hashmat Shahidi-led Afghanistan and head into the semi-finals with their confidence at an all-time high.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan is eager to regain their winning momentum, as a victory in this crucial match would keep their hopes alive for the semifinals. The team will be relying on favourable results from other games, provided they secure a win in Ahmedabad. Although the task ahead seems daunting, Afghanistan can take pride in their victories against three World Champions in the ongoing tournament.
SA vs AFG: Match Details
Match: South Africa vs Afghanistan, 42nd ODI World Cup Match
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Date & Time: 10th November, 2:00 PM IST
Live coverage details – Star Sports India HD and SD Channels, Disney Hotstar (OTT)
SA vs AFG: Pitch Report
The pitch at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium provides a balanced surface, accommodating both bowlers and batsmen equally, thereby ensuring a level playing field for all participants. The pitch encourages a gripping competition between bowlers and batters, granting importance to both facets of the game. With an average first-inning score of 243, the ground poses a challenge for teams, rendering matches held here intense and competitive affairs. Chasing will be good here, as it's a do-or-die game.
SA vs AFG: Head-to-Head Records
Both South Africa and Afghanistan have crossed paths only once in the history of ODI cricket. Their last encounter came back at the 2019 World Cup, which was undoubtedly won by South Africa.
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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: Players to watch out for
Marco Jansen: The all-rounder's noteworthy performance with both bat and ball throughout the Cricket World Cup has played a crucial role in securing South Africa a spot in the semi-finals, despite several remaining group-stage matches.
Jansen leads South Africa's wicket-takers at the tournament, having claimed 17 wickets so far, and has managed to take at least one scalp in all eight matches. Additionally, his contributions from the middle order, including an unbeaten 75 against England, have provided valuable runs for the team.
Ibrahim Zadran: The young opener hammered Afghanistan's inaugural Cricket World Cup century, scoring an unbeaten 129* against Australia, setting the stage for what appeared to be a thrilling victory before Glenn Maxwell's heroics in the chase.
Ibrahim leads Afghanistan's run-scoring charts in the tournament, accumulating 361 runs and maintaining a record of not being dismissed for single figures. Additionally, he showcased an impressive innings of 87 against Pakistan.
SA vs AFG Dream 11 Fantasy Teams
Wicketkeepers: Q de Kock
Batters: R. V. der Dussen, I. Zardan, and H. Shahidi
All-rounders: A Markram, A Omarzai, M Jansen (C)
Bowlers: K Rabada (VC), T Shamsi, R Khan, F Farooqi
Head to Head:
Wicketkeepers: Q de Kock (C), H Klaasen, and R Gurbaz
Batters: R. V. der Dussen, I. Zardan
All-rounders: A Markram, A Omarzai (VC), M Jansen
Bowlers: K Maharaj, K Rabada, and R Khan