RSA vs AFG Match Preview

South Africa has proved to be one of the most formidable teams in this tournament and has already made it to the playoffs. However, the team faced an embarrassing defeat at the hands of India last Sunday as they were bundled out for just 83 runs. South Africa will look to shake away that disappointment and look to enter the semifinals with a winning momentum.

Quinton de Kock has been excellent throughout this series and is also the leading run-scorer of the tournament. Temba Bavuma however has struggled to get going and it will be important for him to get some runs before the knockouts.

South Africa has one of the most destructive middle orders, thanks to batsmen like Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, and David Miller. All of them have batted well in this tournament and are capable of helping the team to get to a huge total.

Marco Jansen is in excellent all-round form, scoring 157 runs and also picking up 17 wickets. He is the leading wicket-taker for South Africa. Kagiso Rabada and Gerald Coetzee will open the attack with the new ball, while Tabraiz Shamsi and Keshav Maharaj are the two quality spinners.

Afghanistan came tantalizingly close to creating history on Tuesday as they were on the verge of defeating Australia. However, a masterclass by Glenn Maxwell swept them away and the team remained at the 6th place on the table.

Competing with New Zealand and Pakistan for the 4th semifinal slot, Afghanistan must win this match by a huge margin to have the best shot at making it through.

Ibrahim Zadran slammed an unbeaten century in the last match, his first in a World Cup, and appears to be in brilliant form. He will look to give the team a brisk start along with Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Just like their opponents, Afghanistan has some consistent performers in the middle order, including skipper Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah.

The duo will be the key batsmen for the team during the middle overs. Azmatullah Omarzai has done well with the ball as well as the bat, scoring 254 runs and picking up 7 wickets. He will likely be the first bowling change as Naveen Ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi lead the attack with the new ball.

Afghanistan’s strongest point will be its spin attack. Rashid Khan is the leading wicket-taker for them with 9 wickets, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, and Noor Ahmed will play a supporting role. 


Weather Report

The weather will be clear and warm with plenty of sunshine. The temperature will remain between 34 and 27 degrees Celsius. 


Pitch Report

The team winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first on this ground. The pitch is a bit tacky and tends to help the quicker bowlers early on in the game. However, the surface does even out as the match progresses and gets easier to bat on. The average first-inning score here is around 280 runs, which is a par score.

The spinners will get some grip throughout the match. 


Notable stats

Ibrahim Zadran: Dependable at the Top

Ibrahim Zadran is now the leading run-scorer for Afghanistan in 2023. He has scored 839 runs at an average of 49.35. His knocks include 2 centuries and 5 half-centuries.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


RSA vs AFG Probable 11

RSA Playing 11

  • Quinton de Kock (Wk)
  • Temba Bavuma (C)
  • Aiden Markram
  • David Miller
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Marco Jansen
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Gerald Coetzee
  • Tabraiz Shamsi
  • Keshav Maharaj

AFG Playing 11

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Ikram Alikhil (Wk)
  • Azmatullah Omarzai
  • Rashid Khan
  • Naveen Ul-Haq
  • Noor Ahmad
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Mohammad Nabi
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing South Africa to win this match. While Afghanistan has emerged as a formidable opponent in this tournament, they are still quite inexperienced and are likely to crack under the pressure of a must-win match. South Africa has some quality players who are in good form and are likely to lead them to a win. 


Top Picks

Azmatullah Omarzai: Azmatullah Omarzai has emerged as an excellent all-rounder for Afghanistan. In this year, he has picked up 9 wickets and has also scored 358 runs.

Quinton de Kock: De Kock is the leading run-scorer of this tournament with 550 runs. He has scored them at an average of 68.75.

Marco Jansen: Another quality player from the South African team, Jansen has scored 157 runs at a strike rate of 111.34 and has also picked up 17 wickets. 


RSA vs AFG Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: Q de Kock (C), H Klaasen, R Gurbaz

Batters: R van der-Dussen, I Zadran

All-rounders: A Markram, M Jansen (VC), A Omarzai

Bowlers: K Rabada, Rashid-Khan, K Maharaj

RSA vs AFG Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction