CWC 2019: Match 21 – Afghanistan vs South Africa, Match Prediction

The 21st match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played between Afghanistan and South Africa at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The match is scheduled to be held on 15th June from 13.30 (BST). Both Afghanistan and South Africa would try their level best to secure a point from this forthcoming match against each other.

The Proteas coach, knows it very well that for them it’s a now or never situation for them. Dale Benkenstein thinks that for his team the ability to strategize spontaneously, would be the key to success.

Team News

Afghanistan
1.Last Saturday, Afghanistan faced their third consecutive World Cup defeat after New Zealand pursued their modest total of 173 with seven wickets and 107 balls to spare as once again their batting strive as they collapsed from 66/0.

2.Hashmatullah Shahidi was only good with the bat, hitting 59 from 99 balls but the majority of the batting; however, remained incredibly fragile with seven players failing to record a double figure score. It remains a thing of concern against quality bowling attacks.
3.After star spinner Rashid Khan was taken out of the game after being hit on the head, it was down to fast bowler Aftab Alam to lead the Afghan bowling attack, picking up all three wickets against the Blackcaps.

South Africa
1.Proteas coach wants to see the batting line-up score more runs and spend more time at the crease especially because Afghanistan batsmen didn’t scored a century in the tournament.

2.South Africa has never played any ODI against Afghanistan, so securing a victory is important in order to keep the hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive.

3.Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is expected to be fit for the Afghanistan match after a side strain ruled him out of the game against the West Indies.

Prediction
South Africa’s pace attack would be too much for the Afghanistan batting line-up, especially with Ngidi back in action and he could head the Proteas to their first victory in this World Cup.

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