South Africa face an underachieving Afghanistan team at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday, with qualification to the last four on the line for the Asian team.
The Proteas, on the other hand, will sit comfortably in second place, where they are guaranteed a place in the playoffs, regardless of this result.
Afghanistan come into the game after a three-wicket loss to Australia, who were dragged to the finish line, seven wickets down, by Glenn Maxwell’s double century. The Hasmatullah Shahidi-led squad are sixth in the table, having won half of their eight matches and comfortably qualified for the 2025 Champions Trophy.
The eight best teams in the World Cup standings are guaranteed passage to the 2025 tournament.
South Africa come into this game as a result of a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Indian board, which decayed the Proteas’ attack for a paltry 83 runs after setting a target of 327 runs. In a stunning collapse of South Africa’s batting, India kept their unbeaten record intact.
Afghanistan played the Proteas all three times, encounters in which South Africa came out on top, each time.
The Afghans need to win this match to ensure that they still have a chance to enter the final four of the tournament, which would be a great achievement compared to their performances in the previous tournament.
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Na Abdul Rahman ul -Haq.
South Africa: Temba Bavuma (c), Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams.
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