Afghanistan vs. South Africa
|Date & Time||Saturday June 15, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
South Africa -700 / Afghanistan +450
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.