Battle of the Titans: Afghanistan vs South Africa – ICC Cricket World Cup 2023/24, 42nd Match Preview

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Afghanistan’s near miss against Australia could cost them a spot in the World Cup semi-finals. Currently in Ahmedabad, they need a 438-run win against South Africa to make the cut on net run rate. Despite their strong form, this may not be achievable. Afghanistan has slowly and steadily improved their game. They have beaten former champions England, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan, as well as the Netherlands. The team’s top five batters have over 250 runs each. Their bowlers are also causing damage, with Rashid Khan leading the wicket standings. However, they are facing a hard opponent in South Africa, who have already secured a semi-final spot. South Africa has been strong when batting first and has scored five totals over 300. Afghan batsman Ibrahim Zadran and South African bowler Marco Jansen will be the ones to watch. Both teams’ playing XIs will probably remain unchanged for this critical game. With the game taking place in Ahmedabad, temperature and soil type will be factors to consider. South Africa’s win percentage when batting first is at a high 90.90 percent. David Miller does not believe South Africa have had trouble chasing, while Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi agrees that dropped catches have hurt their chances in the World Cup.

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