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    South Africa [131/1] beat Afghanistan [125] by 9 wickets in 21st match of 2019 World Cup

    With no wins against their names so far, both South Africa and Afghanistan will be desperate to get off the mark in Match 21 of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 in Cardiff.

    Overview

    South Africa v Afghanistan
    Cardiff Wales Stadium, Cardiff
    2019 ICC Mens Cricket World Cup, Match 21
    Saturday, 15 June; 1.30pm local, 12.30pm GMT

    In lead up to this edition of the World Cup, South Africa for once weren't touted as one of the top contenders owing largely to an inexperienced batting line-up. Yet, not many would have expected them to remain winless four matches into the tournament.

    The semi-finalists of the 2015 edition have so far been outclassed by England, Bangladesh and India, while their game against West Indies was washed out. If they are to retain any slender hopes of now making the semi-final, they will need to make a statement against Afghanistan.

    The Proteas will be keen to see their batsmen fire. They've faced struggles in almost every game, including the match against West Indies, when they were at 29/2 before play was called off. Hashim Amla's poor run continued as he was dismissed for six by a Sheldon Cottrell short ball. Along with Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock, Amla forms the core of the batting unit and it is prudent that he irons his issues out when he faces Afghanistan.

    With three straight defeats, Afghanistan are at the bottom of the table and with Mohammad Shahzad sent home due to fitness concerns, their batting looks frail. While their bowling has made huge advances, the batting department has remained a problem area. As much as they will want to reverse things around, they will know that the task will be a daunting one against a South African attack featuring Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.

    Despite their struggles in the tournament, South Africa go into this match as favourites, but Afghanistan will know that they have an opportunity to show that they belong with a win against a team undergoing a particularly troubled patch.


    Key players

    Faf du Plessis (South Africa): The skipper carries the dual responsibility of motivating a deflated team and making big runs. In fact, if he does the latter that will also go a long way in achieving the former. There's nothing quite like a big hundred from the captain's bat to help give the team a shot of self-belief.

    Rashid Khan (Afghanistan): The guileful leg-spinner will be on the prowl for wickets against an unstable batting order. He hasn't really set the stage on fire with just two wickets from three games, although he didn't have a bowl against New Zealand after getting struck on the helmet by Lockie Ferguson while batting. He has the craft and skill to turn things around though.


    Conditions

    Unfortunately, there's forecast for some showers during the initial part of the match, although things are likely to clear up later on. Under cloud cover, one can expect the ball to swing around a bit.

    Squads

    South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi

    Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (c), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah (wk), Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ikram Ali Khil

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    South Africa v Afghanistan
    • This will be the first ever match between South Africa and Afghanistan in ODI cricket; they
    have met on the international stage twice in the T20I format however, with South Africa
    winning both matches.
    • South Africa have three losses and a no-result from their first four matches at the 2019 ICC
    Men’s Cricket World Cup, a win here and they will be in the exact same position after five
    games as the 1992 Pakistan team who went on to win the tournament.
    • South Africa have lost their last three completed men’s ODIs; the last time they lost more
    consecutive completed ODI fixtures was a four-game stretch in a series against England in
    England (August 2008).
    • Afghanistan have lost their last three ODIs, only once before have they lost more consecutive
    matches in this format since their debut fixture in 2009, a four-game run in 2015 which
    included three ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup matches.
    • Afghanistan lost to Sri Lanka in Cardiff earlier in the tournament, their only previous match at
    the Welsh venue, Mohammad Nabi did however equal his ODI career best bowling figures in
    the match (4/30).
    • This will be South Africa’s sixth scheduled men’s ODI at the Cardiff Wales Stadium, they won
    their inaugural match there against Zimbabwe in 2003 before two matches against England
    ended in a ‘no result’ in 2008 and 2012 and then a defeat to India and tie with West Indies in
    the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
    • Hashmatullah Shahidi needs 54 runs to reach 1,000 in ODIs, he would become the ninth
    Afghanistan player to reach this milestone and heads into this match after scoring 59 in his
    last appearance (v New Zealand).
    • South African duo David Miller and Hashim Amla are both nearing ODI batting milestones,
    Miller needs just nine runs to reach 3,000 whilst Amla needs 65 to reach 8,000.
    • Imran Tahir is set for his 100th ODI bowling innings, he’s bowled 180 balls in the 2019 ICC Men’s
    Cricket World Cup and is yet to be hit for a six, he’s the only spinner to have bowled 100+
    balls and not be hit for a six.
    • Only Allan Donald (38) has taken more ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup wickets for South Africa
    than Imran Tahir (33), a five wicket haul in this match would see them go level.


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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Faf du Plessis &quot;what&#39;s clear in the world of cricket now is that you can&#39;t call teams minnows any more, you can&#39;t call them weaker sides&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SAvAFG?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SAvAFG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CWC19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CWC19</a> <a href="https://t.co/hNTNCW6Upu">pic.twitter.com/hNTNCW6Upu</a></p>&mdash; Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/1139794088893538305?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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    Whats the Weather Forecast like?

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    Looks like Afghanistan will finally get a point. This match most likely to be washed out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan2K8 View Post
    Looks like Afghanistan will finally get a point. This match most likely to be washed out.
    Another one!!!!!!!

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    South Africa opt to bowl

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    lets see if Afg can create an upset here. SA are down and hurt.

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    I hope Afg can create an upset here so those biased SA commentators could keep their trap shut

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    South Africa are being treated as minnows this World Cup. Rain is Robbing Afghanistan of a point

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    Hazartullah wasted his wicket. This guy is the most entertaining to watch when he gets going lol. Doesn't give respect to any bowler.

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    rain interrupted

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    Afghanistan 56-1 to 70-6, simply awful

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    SA will have 3 points in 5 matches now.

    I expect them to lose to Australia but beat SL. NZ and Pak can be anyone's game.

    So, SA will end with min 5 or max 9 points.

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    Just go home already Afghanistan. You dont belong in the WC. Best to just peform as India's cheer leaders

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    SA Woking up not good signs for the rest bombard with spin but unfortunately we dont have quality spinners we left Nawaz at home


    Quote Originally Posted by Arsal_AK View Post
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    SAF needs to make-up NRR in this game - wickets doesn't matter, get the job done as quickly as possible, they are still in the WC.

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    Amla is finished as an ODI batsman. I hope he retires with the WC, preferably from Test as well after next SAF season..

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    SA not even trying to improve their net run rate - pathetic.

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    Looks like internal disarray have robbed Afghanistan of a robust showing so far in the world cup. Maybe I am wrong.

    Whatever it is, it will be good for them to go back home with atleast one win - hopefully not against Pakistan.

    Cheering for them.

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    what a pathetic side SA is.

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    Amla should retire, he is worse than Malik

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    I like this SAF - less Lap Top, more human ..... otherwise they would have come today all guns blazing to improve NRR

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    Next match SA should drop Amla and fly in Janemaan Malan


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    Amla's batting would make even Warner proud of his own achievements.


    And I get so high.. And I just can't feel it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    Next match SA should drop Amla and fly in Janemaan Malan
    Someone needs to break bat on his knees, otherwise they won't allow replacement. But, at least they can make him carry drinks. Today, Markram & Kock could have won it by now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Amla is finished as an ODI batsman. I hope he retires with the WC, preferably from Test as well after next SAF season..
    No way he is going to he next WC.

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    South Africa improving their net run rate here. They have Sri Lanka left as well , they would believe they can beat NZ and Pakistan. Can't rule them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Someone needs to break bat on his knees, otherwise they won't allow replacement. But, at least they can make him carry drinks. Today, Markram & Kock could have won it by now.
    Brutal of a post brother

    Picking Amla against Kiwis and Pakistan, they will bat with 9 batsmen. Wahabs short ball will end Amlas Career

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    Is this Hashim Amla or Javed Omar Belim

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    Must be in the running for one of the most selfish knocks in WC history.

    With the situation SA were win this was a glorious chance to boost the NRR as much as possible because they really need it to have any chance. Could easily have chased this within 15-20 overs with their hitters and line-up.

    Scores a 30 odd at a sub 50 SR. Pathetic stuff. If I were Saffer I wouldnt want to see him play another game. Placed personal runs over the team goal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    Must be in the running for one of the most selfish knocks in WC history.

    With the situation SA were win this was a glorious chance to boost the NRR as much as possible because they really need it to have any chance. Could easily have chased this within 15-20 overs with their hitters and line-up.

    Scores a 30 odd at a sub 50 SR. Pathetic stuff. If I were Saffer I wouldnt want to see him play another game. Placed personal runs over the team goal.
    Warners knock chasing 300 + and today how he batted is probably on par with Sunny Gs most selfish knocks in World Cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful_Rox View Post
    Brutal of a post brother

    Picking Amla against Kiwis and Pakistan, they will bat with 9 batsmen. Wahab’s short ball will end Amla’s Career
    I think opposite - Amla has been horrible today, somehow remained not out for 41* at 49 SR against AFG attack (& fielding), that tells about his current form........... a perfect recipe for a turn around fortune against PAK - won't be surprised if he end up playing a gallant innings against PAK. Not expected, but you never know.

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    Utter trash from Amla. He is finished. Get AB back for this guy.

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    One win down, four to go as Tahir inspires South Africa to their first victory at the World Cup

    Defeats by England, Bangladesh and India had left the Proteas’ ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup hopes hanging by a thread and the no result on England’s south coast strained that single thread even further.

    However, it did provide captain Faf du Plessis with some clarity. South Africa had five matches to go, he surmised, and each had to be treated like a cup final. One mistake and they were out.

    For a side that arrived in England third in the ODI rankings this was a scarcely believable situation, even if they were not quite as hyped as the hosts, India and Australia before a ball had been bowled.

    Indeed, this South Africa team had lost their global superstars, the ones who ensured they were installed as heavyweights in every ICC tournament they entered during the last two decades. But they also lost the players who carried the emotional baggage from painful disappointments.

    Morne Morke and AB de Villiers had retired, Dale Steyn, although initially picked, could not overcome injury.

    Led by Du Plessis, the 2019 Proteas side was described as fresher, hungrier and fearless – typified by the excellent Kagiso Rabada, the fast bowler who made his ODI debut just weeks after the previous World Cup and had taken 106 wickets since. Cautious optimism surrounded their chances.

    However, South Africa were overwhelmed in the first game by England, surprised by a punchy Bangladesh three days later and then outclassed by an outstanding India.

    Afghanistan, and their dangerous bowling attack, were next in what had become South Africa’s biggest game of the tournament. It was time to sink or swim. So, step forward Imran Tahir.

    With rain in the air and a pitch so green in patches that it matched South Africa’s bright shirts, Tahir’s leg-spin was surely the one weapon Du Plessis was not expecting to deploy.

    But Rabada, for his all his might, could not find the edge of the Afghan bats – despite whistling several bullets narrowly by – while Beuran Hendricks finished wicketless after struggling to find the right length.

    Hazratullah Zazai, a big-hitting Afghan opener who mirrors his game on Chris Gayle, dealt with the new-ball bowlers comfortably and crashed three impressive fours to the boundary. The fact he got out, caught while trying to heave a Rabada short ball into the River Taff, was more down to luck than South Africa’s judgement.

    Afghanistan reached 69/2 and seemed well set – even if they then lost their third wicket, Hashmatullah Shahidi edging Andile Phehlukwayo to slip for eight, in the first over after the second rain delay.

    Du Plessis, seeking something different, threw the ball to his leg-spinner and he duly did the rest.

    Noor Ali, a 30-year-old opening batsman, knows a thing or two about spin – his nephew is Afghan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman after all – but he was made to look like an out of form club player when Tahir served up a googly with his first ball that gripped and then ripped past his bat, clattering his off stump.

    Tahir’s celebration almost included a lap of honour, such is the burst of energy he got. But, now aged 40, he thought better of it and returned to deliver an encore that was even better.

    Asghar Afghan was outfoxed, chipping Tahir’s sixth delivery straight back to him for a simple caught and bowled. With the thick clouds parting, the sun began to shine – on both the Cardiff Wales Stadium and South Africa’s World Cup.

    With Phehlukwayo and then Chris Morris joining in the fun and taking wickets, Afghanistan, desperate to put a competitive total on the board, played with increased urgency.

    But the reward that comes with attacking Tahir never quite outweighed the risk. Gulbadin Naib mis-judged a quicker delivery, shorter than the spinner would have liked, and pulled it straight to Aidan Markram.

    Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s own supreme wrist bowler, clubbed 35 runs from 25 balls but even he, with his own specialist knowledge of the art, could not survive for long – picking out Rassie van der Dussen on the boundary after failing to get hold of another quicker ball.

    Tahir finished with 4/29, the best figures by a spinner at the tournament so far from a spell that knocked the stuffing out of Afghanistan.

    They finished 125 all out and Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla, confidence restored, led the run chase as South Africa chalked up their first win by nine wickets.

    Tahir and his teammates celebrated boisterously, this was more than just a win. They celebrated like they had won a cup final – one down, four to go.

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    That Amla was playing test match and he needed 20 odd for a personal milestone.

    But he shouldn't play against NZ, will cost them the game. Pathetic innings by him today.


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