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AFGH vs SA Dream11 Match Prediction | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 | Fantasy Team, Team News

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AFGH vs SA Dream11 Prediction | Afghanistan vs South Africa Match Preview | Fantasy Team & Team News

A lot was riding on Afghanistan’s shoulders when they qualified for the World Cup after beating West Indies. Everyone expected them to treat them to some upsets in this tournament but now, this dream looks too far fetched.

With the change in captaincy right before the tournament, Afghanistan has not looked focused enough. Their match versus Sri Lanka was heavily criticized especially for their multitude of silly mistakes on the field. What’s more disturbing is the fact that their second-highest run scorer and wicketkeeper Shahzad Khan was removed from the team due to fitness concerns.

While Afghanistan is still considered an underdog team, their results haven’t been too worrying for cricket lovers. What’s more disappointing is the performance of the current South African squad. The dip is understandable since they lost their 2 best bowlers, Dale Steyn, and Lungi Ngidi to injuries but that doesn’t justify losing to Bangladesh by conceding 300+ runs. South Africa in the past has always been one of the favorites entering into the World Cup bit this time their exit seems to be evident.

Afghanistan is last on the points table with 0 out of 3 match wins and South Africa, just above them with 0 out of 4 wins (1 match abandoned).

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Match Details

Competition – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Venue – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date & Time – 15th June, 06:00 PM IST

Where to watch: Star Sports & Hotstar

Pitch Stats & Information

Average 1st innings score: 229

Average 2nd innings score: 213

Highest Total: 386/6, Lowest Total: 136/10

Highest Chased: 304/6, Lowest Defended: 169/10

Sophia Gardens usually favors teams who bowl first. 63% of the wins have come for teams that elected to bat second. A total of 27 ODIs have been played on this pitch. The RPO is just under 5.40 and RPW around 31.83.

AFGH vs SA Head to Head

Afghanistan and South Africa have never faced each other in any ODI matches. This will be their first encounter in the 50-over format.

Afghanistan’s recent ODI run (latest first):

  • 08th June – Lost vs New Zealand by 7 wickets
  • 04th June – Lost vs Sri Lanka by 34 Runs (DLS Method)
  • 01st June – Lost vs Australia by 7 wickets

South Africa’s recent ODI run (latest first):

  • 10th June – No Result vs Windies
  • 05th June – Lost vs India by 6 wickets
  • 02nd June – Lost vs Bangladesh by 21 runs

AFGH vs SA Dream11 Team News & Squad

  • Afghanistan’s primary wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad has been replaced in the squad citing knee injury.
  • 18-year old Ikram Ali Khil was flown in from Afghanistan to replace Shahzad.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis has stated that Lungi Ngidi should be fit to play in the match versus Afghanistan.
  • Rassie van der Dussen is fully fit after suffering a tight groin during the game against India.
  • If Lungi Ngidi is brought back to the starting 11, he will likely replace Tabraiz Shamsi.

Toss Update

South Africa have won the toss and have elected to bowl first

One change for Afghanistan, Najibullah Zadran is not playing, Asghar Afghan  comes into playing11

No change in South Africa

South Africa Playing XI (confirmed):

Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Quinton de Kock(w), Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis(c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks

Afghanistan Playing XI (confirmed):

Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali khil(w), Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan

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AFGH vs SA Dream11 Fantasy Team

Fantasy Picks from Afghanistan

Rashid Khan | Mohammad Nabi

  • One of the more internationally experienced bowlers in Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, while hasn’t been very flashy yet, he has been in form and grabbing wickets. In the two innings he has bowled in, he has collected 3 wickets at an average economy of 4.335.
  • Mohammad Nabi is another consistent player in Afghanistan currently. While he is a middle-order batsman, he has been more impactful with the ball, grabbing a 4-wicket haul versus Sri Lanka. His overall economy from the 3 matches so far hovers around 4.88.

Fantasy Picks from South Africa

Q d Kock | R v der Dussen | Chris Woakes | Imran Tahir

  • It’s hard to select reliable batsmen from South Africa’s lineup currently. None of them have been too eye-catching. Quinton de Kock is still a solid choice. In 2019, he has racked up 587 runs from 12 matches at an average of 53.36 which is still good compared to the rest of South Africa’s batting performances.
  • Chris Morris part of the few balanced players in the team. While being the primary all-rounder of the team. He was brought in from Proteas’s second match, where he scored 10 off 10 but grabbed 2 wickets. In his second match versus India, he managed to score 42 off 34 (team’s highest) and got 1 wicket with the ball as well.
  • Rassie van der Dussen is also a confident pick. He’s scored 113 in the last 3 matches, making him the highest scorer in South Africa.
  • Along with Kagiso Rabada, spinner Imran Tahir has been putting up numbers, grabbing 15 wickets in 10 matches with an even lower 4.51 overall economy. He took important wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mohamad Mithun versus Bangladesh even though they couldn’t turn the match to their favor.

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Suggested Captains: R van der Dussen, Q d Kock, C Morris, R Khan, M Nabi

**N Zadran is not playing. Please pick Asghar Afghan at his place

Vastav

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