RSA vs AFG ICC WC 2023 Prediction
Afghanistan, defending a 291-run total at Wankhede, was close to a historic victory when they held Australia to 91 for 7. A few mishandled field goals and Maxwell’s valiant efforts stole the victory from Shahidi’s team.
Afghanistan can undoubtedly learn a great deal from that game. It should be their goal to recover stronger in their final, crucial game in Ahmedabad against a similarly formidable opponent.
Throughout this World Cup, the Proteas have excelled at the bat, led by the spectacular form of QDK. Miller, Dussen, and Klaasen make up the middle order, which is just as dangerous and can of leading the club to a large total.
But South Africa has also had trouble chasing runs, as evidenced by their most recent games. Australia is not an exception. At Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, Bavuma’s team was bowled out for just 83 runs while trailing 327 runs against India.
Afghanistan must bat first once more and give it everything they have to put South Africa on the defensive and guarantee improved fielding in order to end the game clinically, even when they have the ball.
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The only side that appeared capable of challenging the hosts and possibly defeating them in this World Cup was South Africa. But the blue-clad warriors were simply too strong for the Proteas.
In the run chase, Quinton de Kock was eliminated cheaply after being outplayed by Siraj. While the Indian spinners defeated the remaining middle-order players, Shami claimed the wickets of the number three and four hitters.
With his IPL playing expertise, QDK will be an important player on this expansive Ahmedabad field. But the other team has a potent bowling attack, and their spinners might work well here.
And even though they’ve been very good when they bat first, South Africa should see this game as a chance to strengthen their chase skills because they’ve already advanced to the semifinals.
Afghanistan has demonstrated their batsmanship, and the Proteas will gain from this match as they go to the semifinals. The middle order relies heavily on players like Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen, who will be keen to recover.
With their spin, Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi can pose a threat to the dependable and in-form Afghan batsmen. Another important bowler who can be deadly and give South Africa significant breakthroughs is Kagiso Rabada.
All things considered, the Proteas are a formidable team that will be eager to bounce back from their most recent setback.
South Africa Predicted XI:
Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen
The first opportunity to dismiss Glenn Maxwell was spoiled by Rashid Khan and Hashmatullah Shahidi when Maxwell edged one of Khan’s deliveries. Mujeeb Ur Rahman dropped a sitter at short fine leg shortly after.
After Maxwell stole the game in the most efficient manner possible, these two moments were reenacted everywhere and perhaps in the minds of Afghanistan players as well.
Before the match against Australia, Afghanistan had successfully chased down a total in three straight games. Their batting has appeared to be quite developed, and they impressed with the way they managed their innings against Australia.
With Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Azmatullah Omarzai consistently contributing, the middle order has been quite promising thus far. However, they must have been more confident after opener Ibrahim Zadran scored a century against Australia’s strong bowling attack.
Senior members of this team, like Rashid Khan and Muhammad Nabi, need to get together and plan their bowling strategy for this match. Afghanistan must change and progress in terms of bowling. They will face a formidable batting team that has demonstrated remarkable performance when batting first.
Afghanistan will face their most difficult assignment of the World Cup thus far if they are asked to bowl first. They have a talented team overall, but they still need to improve on the field.
Afghanistan Predicted XI:
Muhammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, and Naveen-ul-Haq
PITCH AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Although the pitch has shown to be very batting-friendly throughout IPL games, it has typically been slower, which helps the spinners. Batters will love using their strokes in the first half of the game, and the powerplay will be intense.
This game will take place in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. Here in ODIs, the first innings score average is 237 runs. But both sides have been playing well lately, and if they bat first, they can score more than 275. If South Africa were to bat first on this field, they would be aiming for a far higher score.
South Africa’s score of 365/2 against India holds the record for the highest score in One-Day Internationals at this location. Considering that 325 runs was the greatest score ever chased at this location, we believe a first innings total of 280–320 runs can be competitive.
Toss: To Bat
Teams batting first have often had a small advantage on this field, even though teams bowling first have won two of the three matches played at this location in this event. It’s a sizable area with difficult boundaries to draw. South Africa will probably want to bat first because they are aware of their vulnerabilities.
South Africa will Win this Match
This matchup between these two teams promises to be entertaining. The Proteas are seeking to recover in a crucial game following their devastating loss to Australia, having recently suffered crushing defeats against Afghanistan and India. Each team has a number of talented players in every position, therefore they should play excellent ball and bat together. But South Africa is the better team and they have been very methodical in their victories. They’ll be our favorites to prevail in this encounter.