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Afghanistan (AFG) and South Africa (SA) will square off against each other in the second warm-up match at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, on Friday, September 29. Both sides will eye for a win as they head into the eagerly anticipated ODI Cricket World Cup in India.
Afghanistan are coming off a forgettable Asia Cup campaign, having been eliminated from the competition after suffering defeats in the group stage. South Africa, on the other hand, won the five-match home series against Australia 3-2.
Match: Afghanistan vs South Africa, 2nd ODI Match, ODI World Cup warm-up game
Venue: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram
Date & Time: Friday, September 29, 2:00 PM IST
Live Streaming Details: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website
The pitch at the Greenfield International Stadium generally favours batters. The surface offers little to no help for seamers, but spinners who bowl slow might get good assistance off the track. Therefore, the toss-winning captain will be tempted to bowl first in a bid to have the target in sight to make it easier for the batters to play calculatively.
Matches – 1, Afghanistan- 0, South Africa- 1
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram (c), Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi
Heinrich Klaasen could be the best batter in the World Cup warm-up game against Afghanistan. He was crucial for South Africa in the series against Australia, as he finished as their top scorer with 243 runs from five games. He is expected to carry forward his form in the upcoming match as well.
Keshav Maharaj could be the best bowler for South Africa in the upcoming match against Afghanistan. The 33-year-old spinner was the leading wicket-taker in the series against Australia, picking up eight wickets at an excellent economy rate of 4.07. He is eager to help his side win the upcoming game.
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