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Match Preview: Afghanistan vs South Africa, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 42nd Match


ICC World Cup  •  10 Nov, 2023  •  14,997 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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The grand Narendra Modi Stadium is all set to host an enthralling encounter in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, where the spirited challengers, Afghanistan, will face off against the mighty South Africans. Both teams are set to clash, with Afghanistan seeking an honourable exit and South Africa honing their skills for the upcoming semi-finals - a feast for cricket fans.

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Venue Insights

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The Narendra Modi Stadium celebrated for its vast expanse and rich cricketing legacy, is set to host an enthralling duel between bat and ball. Historically, the pitches here have been partial to batters, offering a surface that facilitates run-scoring. However, the initial overs might prove testing for the batsmen as the pitch has shown a tendency to aid seam bowlers early in the game.

Form Guide: Afghanistan

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Afghanistan's recent One Day International (ODI) performances read LWWWL, with the team coming agonizingly close to a historic win against Australia in pursuit of a World Cup semi-final spot. Unfortunately, they fell short, thanks to a powerful display from Glenn Maxwell. Despite this, their campaign in Ahmedabad marks a significant stride forward from past achievements. They have only ever managed to beat Scotland in the World Cups of 2015 and 2019. However, this tournament has been different; Afghanistan claimed victories over three former World Cup champions—England, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan—and added a win against the Netherlands to their tally.

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The team that once struggled in international cricket has demonstrated commendable progress in the 2023 World Cup. Each of the top five Afghan batters has accumulated over 250 runs in the tournament, underscoring a potent and reliable batting lineup. On the bowling front, while Rashid Khan has been the leading wicket-taker for Afghanistan, his performance has seen ups and downs.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, despite a modest tally of seven wickets in eight games, remains a vital cog in their bowling machinery. Complementing these efforts are emerging talents like Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Naveen-ul-Haq, who have all stepped in to claim important wickets. The collective performance of these players has elevated Afghanistan to a higher competitive level than observed in previous tournaments.

Form Guide: South Africa

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