Afghanistan will go up against South Africa in the No. 42 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Friday, November 10. The match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It has been smooth sailing for South Africa so far, apart from the wins to the Netherlands and India, one of which came in the last game. The team known for its high scoring prowess with an array of stars in the batting game struggled every time they batted second and it could be a cause for concern for the management.
South Africa faced India in their last match and lost the match by 243 runs. In the first innings, Virat Kohli’s century drove India to 326/5 in 50 overs, with all five of the first-choice bowlers picking a wicket each for the Proteas. However, Ravindra Jadeja’s five-man dismantled the batting line-up for just 83 runs, their second lowest total in ODIs.
With six wins in eight games, they are through to the semi-finals and are likely to finish second or third. It is also confirmed that the final is against Australia, the only pending result is to see which team finishes higher in the table.
On the other hand, Afghanistan had a great opportunity to achieve a historic win over Australia at the Wankhede in their previous match. After scoring 291/5 in a run of 50 driven by a century from Ibrahim Zadran, Australia were reduced to 91/7 in 18.3 overs. But a surprise attack from Glenn Maxwell, which saw him become the first batsman to score a run-scoring double century, helped Australia miraculously win.
Afghanistan, with four wins in eight games, are still in contention to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. However, they need a series of results to go their way or register a huge win in the final to bolster their chances.
Probably playing XIs
South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Gerald Coetzee
Afghanistan:Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhil, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq
Weather conditions and field report
The wicket at the Narendra Modi Stadium helps the spinners a lot and the first innings average is 237.
The hot weather will challenge the players in the early afternoon, but will cool down as the day progresses. Temperatures in Ahmedabad are expected to be between 22 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius.
SA vs AFG Fantasy XI
Keepers: Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
batter: Ibrahim Zadran, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashmatullah Shahidi
All round: Marco Jansen, Aiden Markram
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Gerald Coetzee
Quinton de Kock is the current top scorer in the tournament and is the top pick among the wicket-keepers, alongside Heinrich Klaasen and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Klaasen has scored 316 runs in eight matches, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz has 255 runs to his credit.
Ibrahim Zadran scored an unbeaten century against Australia while carrying his bat through the innings. Hashmatullah Shahidi has been one of Afghanistan’s top scorers in this edition with 316 runs. Rassie van der Dussen has been the surprise package for Proteas, facing several highlights in the tournament. He scored 366 runs in eight matches, including two centuries and a half-century.
Marco Jansen is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 wickets to his credit. He also scored 157 runs with the willow. Aiden Markram’s contributions have come big with the bat, scoring 371 runs at an average of 53, but he can also bowl some breaks.
Rashid Khan is Afghanistan’s leading wicket-taker with nine wickets in the tournament so far. Among the Proteas bowlers, Kagiso Rabada (12 wickets in seven matches) and Gerald Coetzee (14 wickets in six matches) are in excellent form and are worth picking for Fantasy XI.
Captain: Quinton de Cock
Quinton de Kock is the current leading run-scorer in the ICC World Cup 2023. He has scored 550 runs in eight matches including four classy centuries. He has maintained an average of 68.75 and has batted at a strike rate of 111.33 in the tournament so far.
Vice-Captain: Marco Jansen
Marco Jansen is an extremely valuable pick for your team due to his fielding ability, along with his ability to bat well in the lower order. He will also be vice-captain or captain.
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