Match Preview – Afghanistan vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 2023, 42nd Match



The Big Picture: Batting vs Bowling Smart

Afghanistan were close to their most important ODI win. Against Australia. For a shot at the World Cup semi-finals. Almost there. It’s before Glenn Maxwell-size meteorite their plane.

They will now play their final league game in Ahmedabad and retire from the World Cup at the world’s largest cricket stadium. Having beaten Scotland just once in 2015 and 2019, Afghanistan beat three former champions – England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – this time, as well as the Netherlands, but need a 438-run win over South Africa to push New Zealand out. Being fourth in net run rate is impossible. Exiting with ten points, as many teams qualify fourth, however, would be a huge win in itself.

Afghanistan have played only one ODI and two T20Is against South Africa And never won. But that was old Afghanistan. Afghanistan have been great as a unit in the 2023 World Cup. Each of their top five batters There are more than 250 runs in the tournament. In the bowling department, the usual suspects aren’t doing the damage. Yes, Rashid Khan is Afghanistan’s leading wicket-taker, but he hasn’t always been consistent. And while Mujeeb ur Rahman has just seven in eight games, the likes of Noor Ahmed, Fazlhaq Farooqui and Naveen-ul-Haq have all picked up wickets.

As far as South Africa go, with their semi-final spot already secured, this match is a pressure-free opportunity to pick themselves up after their loss. Against India in Kolkata by India. David Miller didn’t think South Africa were “chasing terribly” after being bowled out for 243 runs, but it’s no secret they’ve been far more successful. Batting first than the second This year in ODIs.

Ultimately, the result will depend on how Afghanistan’s bowlers perform against South Africa’s batting. Afghanistan and India are the only teams that have failed to pass 300 in this World Cup. South Africa scored five runs past 300, the highest being 428 against Sri Lanka. Can Afghanistan contain South Africa between them?

Form Guide

Afghanistan LWWWL (Last Five Complete ODIs; Most Recent First)
South Africa LWWWW

In the spotlight: Ibrahim Zadran and Marco Jansen

current Highest goal scorer for Afghanistan, Ibrahim Zadran They had their first century in the World Cup in their previous match against Australia. The opener averages 57.5 against fast bowlers in the competition and how he fares against South Africa’s quicks will be crucial. Ibrahim has had the best start to his ODI career. He has only played 27 ODIs but is already there Second in the list Most centuries for Afghanistan. A sixth would take him with Mohammad Shahzad.

Marco Jansen Had a rare bad day against India, when he conceded 94 runs in 9.4 overs and didn’t do much with the bat. After a great run in the World Cup, he will be eager to showcase his bounceback ability. Jansen is in third place Most wickets in the competition (17) And it’s his powerplay bowling that really stands out: 12 wickets in eight innings – more than any other bowler in the tournament. Don’t forget his batting lower down the order, where he hit 111.34. After a mediocre outing at the Eden Gardens, Jansen will be looking to return to his match-winning ways.

Team News: Will Phehlukwe get a game?

Depending on the pitch in Ahmedabad, Afghanistan may bring back Farooqui for Noor or Mujeeb. The rest of their XI is unlikely to change.

Afghanistan (Probable): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz, 2 Ibrahim Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), 5 Azmatullah Omarzai, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb ur Rahman/Fazlhaq Farooqui, 10 Navin-ul-Haq, 11 Noor Ahmad

Lungi Ngidi did not complete his ten overs against India, walking off his ninth ball with two balls. Although he came in to bat later and was declared fit to play, South Africa could rest him or Kagiso Rabada, with Andile Phehlukwe also making his debut. Tajbraiz Shami may also make way for fast bowler Gerald Coetzee.

South Africa (Probable): 1 Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), 2 Temba Bavuma (captain), 3 Rassie van der Dusen, 4 Aiden Markram, 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller, 7 Marco Jansen, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Lungi Ngidi/Andile Phehlukwayo, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi/Gerald Coetzee

Pitch and terms

Ahmedabad have not scored much in the World Cup so far – no team has scored more than 300. Soil type will be a factor in how the surface plays. Temperatures are expected to hover around the 36-degree mark when the match kicks off and drop in the evening. There is little or no chance of rain.

Statistics and trivia

  • Rahmat Shah Only 13 short of 4000 runs in international cricket as Afghanistan’s fourth batsman.

  • South Africa’s winning percentage when batting first in ODIs in 2023 is 90.90. They just lost. One of 11 matches

  • Henrik KlassenIts strike rate is 148.67 Highest in ODIs in 2023 (Minimum 200 runs)

  • If Jansen takes one more wicket, he will become South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in the ODI World Cup.

  • Rasi van der Dusen So far in this World Cup, there have been six spins in eight innings


“We didn’t chase terribly, it was just one or two games where we fell behind. I think it was just us batting first, which was exceptional.”
David Miller Don’t believe South Africa chase bad

“In this World Cup, I think one area we’re not good enough in is fielding, you know, like we dropped a lot of catches. Even in the New Zealand game, those dropped catches hurt us. Especially the last match against Australia. That’s our potential. had left it out. That’s why, if we accept it, the outcome and the scenario will be very different than it is now.”
Hashmatullah Shahidi Agreed that the drop catch has hurt Afghanistan



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