ICC World Cup 2019 SA vs AFG: Weather report

Last Updated 15 June 2019, 06:41 IST

It's the clash of the bottom two teams and South Africa is a surprising participant.

South Africa finds themselves in unfamiliar territory, precariously placed in the ninth position of the table, just above Afghanistan. It is not every day that cricket lovers see the Proteas almost at the nadir of the pit, and it has largely to do with their premier players' lack of form. Openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, who need to give them a solid base, are stuck in a rut.

The middle order is looking vulnerable with JP Duminy, Rassie Van der Dussen and David Miller failing to up the ante when needed. The bowling department is also hobbling despite having Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir in their ranks. Ottis Gibson and Faf du Plessis will need to do something miraculous to turn the tide in their favour.

Presently, Afghanistan is the prime contender to bag the wooden spoon at the end of the tournament. They have failed to make a mark in their three matches so far, with the oppositions defeating them easily. The batting has been awful and the bowling has lacked bite with the exception of Aftab Alam who bagged three wickets against New Zealand. Their chances of winning against South Africa are slim, though as they say, cricket is an unpredictable game where fortunes can change in a matter of minutes.

Weather report: As has been the norm, there is a rain forecast for the match. The temperature is expected to hover around 15-10 degrees Celcius.

Probable XIs:

South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Ikram Ali Khil(wk), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan,

Betting odds: According to Oddschecker, South Africa 1/7, Afghanistan 6/1

(Published 14 June 2019, 11:33 IST)

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