South Africa, the semi-finalist of 2015 edition of the World Cup lost their first three key matches in the tournament while their last game against West Indies was called off due to rain
New Delhi: With no wins against their names so far, both South Africa and Afghanistan will be in search of their first win in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 in the clash between them on Saturday (June 15). If the weather allows for the game to finish, Cardiff will finally see one of these two teams get off the mark with their first success.
South Africa, the semi-finalist of 2015 edition of the World Cup lost their first three key matches in the tournament, while their last game against West Indies was called off due to rain.
Ahead of the clash, here are some key players to look out for
Faf du Plessis
The South African skipper will need to lift the team’s spirit and lead the side from the front. Du Plessis is one of the best players of spin in the African side and will help the team to handle the twin-threat of Rashid Khan and Nabi.
The 24-year-old right-arm fast bowler possesses the skills of bowling both in-swingers and out-swingers. In South Africa’s World Cup match against India, Rabada returned with magnificent figures of 2/39. He is also known for his toe-breaking yorkers in the death overs.
Rashid Khan always leads Afghanistan’s spin department and is capable of delivering a stellar performance in the game. In the World Cup match against Sri Lanka, Rashid returned with figures of 2/17.
Quinton de Kock
South African’s wicket-keeper batsman de Kock strengthens the top-order and provides brisk start to the innings. Some of the feats which he has accomplished as a 26-year old are unfathomable and it’s easy to see why he is already being heralded as a future great.
Nabi has been a torchbearer of the Afghanistan cricket team since 2009. 34-year-old Nabi can tease any player with his loopy ones and wreck you with his quicker darts. As a fielder, he is safe as a house. Nabi bagged four wickets against Sri Lanka in a World Cup match and can be crucial for Afghanistan against the Proteas.
Last Updated Jun 15, 2019, 5:56 PM IST