ICC CWC 2019 South Africa vs Afghanistan 21st Match Preview Prediction

ICC CWC 2019 South Africa vs Afghanistan 21st match Preview Prediction – While South Africa are the no. 3 team in the ICC rankings, they havent justified that in this World Cup so far. They lost 3 in 3 to start with and with their 4th game being rained off; they are now in a must-win situation in every game they play from here on.

south africa vs afghanistan 21st match preview prediction

With Afghanistan, it was believed that they might pull off an upset or two here and there in the tournament as they have got a couple of real match winners, but so far they have lost all their games one-sided and they will be up for a pretty stiff challenge from the South Africans who will be hungry for their first victory.
ICC CWC 2019 South Africa vs Afghanistan 21st match Preview Prediction

Possible changes in the two teams
South Africa
Although South Africa’s last game was abandoned due to rain after only 7.3 overs, they had made two changes in the XI for that game. Aiden Markram had replaced David Miller, while Beuran Hendricks had been brought in for Tabraiz Shamsi.

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While Markram was dismissed pretty early in the piece by Sheldon Cottrell, Hashim Amla also failed as he edged it to the first slip off the same bowler. One of these two might have to make way for Miller who can be South Africas X-factor in the middle order.

south africa vs afghanistan 21st match

Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s premier spinner Rashid Khan took a blow on his helmet while facing Lockie Ferguson in the game against New Zealand and he didnt bowl in that game later on. There has been no official word over his fitness yet. However the Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said in his post-match interview that Rashid should be fit for the next game.
If Rashid is fit, Afghanistan might go with the same XI that they fielded against New Zealand, but if Rashid is ruled out of the game, Mujeeb Ur Rahman might come in to take his place.
ICC CWC 2019 South Africa vs Afghanistan 21st match Preview Prediction
Players to watch out for
South Africa (Rassie van der Dussen and Kagiso Rabada)
Rassie van der Dussen has been South Africa’s highest scorer in this tournament and has looked at ease against all kinds of bowling. There is a school of thought that South Africa might be playing him a position too down and he can serve them better if they play him at no. 4, rather than no. 5.

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Kagiso Rabada is probably the second best fast bowler in the world at the moment after Jasprit Bumrah and he can make a real impact if its his day. Not only can he bowl at 150 KPH, he can move the ball as well at that pace which is a nightmare for the batsmen.

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Afghanistan (Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammed Nabi)
Hazratullah is a dasher at the top of the order and can smack the fast bowlers upfront which he showed in the warm-up game against Pakistan as he got stuck into Shaheen Afridi. The contest between him and Rabada will be an interesting one as he surely will look to go after Rabada who, on the other hand, will look to hurry him with his pace.
Mohammed Nabi is Afghanistan’s most experienced player and he will be the key for them with both bat and ball. While the onus will be on him to finish the innings well batting at no. 6, he will have a role to play as an off spinner as well.
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