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South Africa vs. Afghanistan - 6/15/19 World Cup Cricket Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Afghanistan vs. South Africa
Date & Time Saturday June 15, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)
Location
Sophia Gardens
Cardiff, Wales
The Line
South Africa -700 / Afghanistan +450
TV Channel
Willow
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In the 2019 ICC World Cup, South Africa and Afghanistan will meet at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Neither Afghanistan nor South Africa have won a game so both teams will be desperate to perform.

Afghanistan have competed well throughout this tournament but it is clear to see that their batting is too weak. Afghanistan have only scored 531 runs in their 3 games which is well below par. To make matters worse, Mohammad Shahzad has been sent home due to injury. Shahzad is key to Afghanistan’s batting and his loss will mean that the team loses a very experienced player at the top of the order. Looking forward, Afghanistan will need more runs for the likes of Rahmat Shah and Hazratullah Zazai since they have looked the most comfortable amongst the batsmen. The bowling has been solid from Afghanistan as Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have been playing well. That being said, the team has not been giving the bowlers enough runs to defend.

South Africa have also been having issues with their batting. South Africa are 0-1-2 from 3 games after their match against the West Indies was washed out on Monday. While South Africa received a point from the game, the Proteas will be worried as they lost 2 wickets in the 7.3 overs that were bowled. Hashim Amla looks terrible out of form while the likes of Markram, De Kock, and Du Plessis are failing to make big scores. South Africa have had issues with leg spin and this match will be a major test as Afghanistan have Rashid Khan who is considered to be amongst the best leg spinners in the world. On a positive note, Lungi Ngidi is expected to return for South Africa after the paceman missed the last 2 games through injury.

I expect Afghanistan to cause the Proteas some problems through their leg spinners. South Africa struggled against the Indian leg spinners and I expect that trend will continue in this fixture. That being said, I am still picking South Africa to win. The Proteas have an outstanding bowling unit and I expect them to demolish a very weak Afghan batting line-up.

Pick:
South Africa

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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