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South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup Tips - Semis chance on the line for the Asians

Siddhu
09 Nov 2023
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Siddhu Bharadwaj 09 Nov 2023
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  • South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup match predictions to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday afternoon, Indian time
  • South Africa posted the highest o/p in 6 of their last 8 ODIs
  • Afghanistan conceded the highest o/p in their only ODI against South Africa
South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup
Can South Africa get back to winning ways? (Getty Images)

South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup


Afghanistan will look to surprise everyone and book a spot in the semis when they play South Africa in their final group match of the ICC ODI World Cup. This match #42 will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
  • South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup
  • Head to Head
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Team News
  • Afghanistan Form
  • Afghanistan Team News

Both teams are coming off defeats, albeit in contrasting measures. South Africa were bulldozed by India, while Afghanistan were surprised by a late Glenn Maxwell blitz against Australia. This could be an interesting game which could be decided by the opening exchanges. I am backing South Africa to post the highest opening partnership of the match.

  • South Africa have posted the highest opening partnership in 6 of their last 8 matches (ODIs)
  • South Africa posted the highest opening partnership in 2 matches they played here (ODIs)
  • Afghanistan conceded the highest opening partnership in their only match against South Africa (ODIs)
  • Quinton de Kock has 4 centuries in his last 8 matches (ODIs)

Head to Head


Surprisingly, South Africa and Afghanistan have played just once in the 2019 World Cup in Cardiff. The Proteas won that match by nine wickets.

South Africa Form


South Africa are 2nd in the points tally with 12 points and a better run rate than Australia. They could confirm their second place if they win here although any other result would depend on permutations.

The Proteas are coming off a 243-run defeat at the hands of India, but that was a minor aberration in their tournament. They have been comprehensive in all their results, except the one-wicket win over Pakistan.

Temba Bavuma’s men have relied on Quinton de Kock’s performances in the tournament (550 runs) while Marco Jansen (17 wickets) and Gerald Coetzee (14) have been impressive with the ball.

South Africa Team News


Gerald Coetzee could be slotted back into the side in place of Tabraiz Shamsi while Lizaad Williams may fancy a game in place of Lungi Ngidi.

Afghanistan Form


Afghanistan are 6th in the points tally with eight points and have an outside chance of qualifying for the semis. They are tied on points with Pakistan and New Zealand ahead of the last round.

The Afghans though, have the lowest run rate of all and need a win at all costs to keep their top-four hopes alive. Regardless of the result, the Afghans have been impressive in the tournament and should stay in the contest.

Ibrahim Zadran (361 runs) has seen his batting improve in the recent matches and could be Afghan’s batting mainstay once again. Bowling has been a worry though, with no bowler taking more than Rashid Khan’s nine.

Afghanistan Team News


Fazalhaq Farooqi didn’t play the last match but could be drafted back in place of Mujeeb Ur Rahman or Noor Ahmad.

South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup FAQs

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What time does South Africa vs Afghanistan ODI World Cup start?

This South Africa vs AfghanistanLanka ODI World Cup will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 10, Friday starting at 2 pm IST.

Verdict

South Africa are looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat at the hands of India. Although their second-place finish isn’t under great threat, they would be eager to dispel any doubts with a convincing win. One area where they have excelled in the tournament is their opening partnership with Quinton de Kock leading the run riot. I am backing South Africa to post the highest opening partnership score.

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