As the 2023 ODI World Cup progresses to its business end, the cricketing world eagerly awaits the group stage match between Afghanistan and South Africa on November 10 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
While one side has already secured a coveted spot in the semi-finals, the other clings to hope by the thinnest of threads, making this encounter a clash of monumental importance.
Check details on the SA vs AFG ODI World Cup match, probable best playing XI, top run-scorers, leading wicket-takers, and the players who are expected to shine.
SA vs AFG ODI World Cup 2023: Best Playing XI Predictions
South Africa’s Playing XI:
- Temba Bavuma (c)
- Quinton De Kock (wk)
- Rassie Van Der Dussen
- Aiden Markram
- Heinrich Klassen
- David Miller
- Marco Jansen
- Keshav Maharaj
- Gerald Cotezee
- Lizard Williams
- Kagiso Rabada
Afghanistan’s Playing XI:
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Ibrahim Zadran
- Rahmat Shah
- Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)
- Azmatullah Omarzai
- Ikram Alkhil (wk)
- Mohammad Nabi
- Rashid Khan
- Fazalhaq Farooqi
- Noor Ahmad
SA vs AFG ODI World Cup 2023: Predicted Top Run-Scorers
From South Africa: Quinton De Kock
The dynamic South African wicketkeeper-batsman has emerged as the highest run-scorer of the tournament.
Known for his aggressive style of play, De Kock’s ability to play match-winning innings is well-documented.
As the linchpin of South Africa’s batting order, he needs to adapt and shine in pressure situations, especially in the semi-finals. So, he is expected for a big show against Afghanistan,
For Afghanistan: Azmatullah Omarzai
A revelation for Afghanistan, Azmatullah Omarzai has been the find of the tournament. His high strike rate and aggressive intent have added a fresh dimension to the Afghani batting.
To further capitalise on his potential, it may be prudent for the Afghan management to promote him up the order. Doing so can help Afghanistan set ambitious targets between 300-350, a range that would boost their chances of success.
What makes Omarzai even more valuable is his unexpected prowess with the ball, having notched up a wicket tally that rivals Mujeeb Ur Rahman, despite bowling fewer overs.
SA vs AFG ODI World Cup 2023: Predicted Leading Wicket-Takers
From South Africa: Marco Jansen
The rising star of the South African cricketing scene, Marco Jansen, has been a revelation in the tournament. His prowess with the ball is evident in his 14 wickets during the powerplay and an impressive overall tally of 17 wickets.
Jansen’s ability to strike early and provide crucial breakthroughs during powerplays makes him a key asset for South Africa.
However, it’s not just his bowling that stands out; his capability with the bat, demonstrated in his resilience to stay at the crease for an extended period against the Netherlands, adds another layer of value. On his day, Jansen can single-handedly turn the tide of any match in South Africa’s favor.
For Afghanistan: Rashid Khan
Afghanistan’s charismatic leg-spinner, Rashid Khan, has lived up to expectations as the team’s top wicket-taker in the 2023 ODI World Cup, accumulating nine wickets from eight innings.
Beyond his exceptional bowling skills, Rashid Khan’s contributions extend to his occasional but crucial batting exploits.
As an all-rounder, Rashid carries the burden of high expectations from his team. His performance, especially with the ball, will play a significant role as Afghanistan faces South Africa, and his ability to spin his magic might be the key to their success.