South Africa vs Afghanistan, SA vs AFG ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: One of South Africa and Afghanistan will open its account in the ICC World Cup 2019. Both the teams have had worse possible starts to the ICC World Cup 2019. The teams lost their initial matches badly and lost some key players as well. South Africa lost the ace fast bowler Dale Steyn before the commencement of the tournament. Hashim Amla missed the match due to the injury he sustained on head against the match vs England.

South African Batsmen have failed miserably against the Indian Spinners and English pacers. No other batsmen have backed the captain Faf du Plessis and when was dismissed by good balls against Bangladesh and India, the whole team collapsed badly. Proteas are reeling more because of the poor form shown by the openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.

Afghanistan has lost its trump card Rashid Khan for the failing the concussion test and the flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad in a controversial manner. The bowlers have bowled poorly in the tournament and the likes of Mujeeb Ur  Rehman has been ineffective. Their batting has failed to cope up the quality of bowling they have faced in the tournament.

Afghanistan: (probable XI) Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashratullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil (wk),  Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam/Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan

South Africa (probable XI) Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla,  Aiden Markram,  Faf du Plessis (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada,  Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir

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SA 121/1

Mohammad Nabi delivering the 27th over, gave just a single run in the first three balls of the over. South Africa about to win the game as the team has now scored 121 runs in the 27th over.

SA 118/1

Rashid Khan back in attack, but ohh, here goes a boundary on the first ball of the over, Phehlukwayo trying to finish the game soon.

SA 108/1

Mohammad Nabi delivering the 25th over, gave just two runs out of the first three balls of the over. Just 2 runs out of the 25th over. Again a boundary on the last ball of the over by Phehlukwayo.

SA 106/1

Rashid Khan back into attack, gave no run in the first three balls of the over, not allowing the batsmen to score boundaries.

Wicket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gulabdin Naib delivering the 23rd over, and again a boundary on the fourth ball of the over by de Kock. And here comes the first blow for South Africa, Gulabdin de Kock down at a score of 68 runs, caught out by Mohammad Nabi.

SA 99/0

Mohammad Nabi delivering the 22nd over, gave just two runs in the first three balls of the over. Only 2 runs out of this over.

SA 95/0

Gulabdin Naib delivering the 21st over, trying his best to restrict boundaries and runs too, de Kock trying his best to hit a boundary in the over too.

SA 95/0

Gulabdin Naib delivering the 21st over, trying his best to restrict boundaries and runs too, de Kock trying his best to hit a boundary in the over too.

SA 91/0

Mohammad Nabi back in attack, gave just a single run in the first three balls of the over. And here goes a boundary on the fourth ball of the over.

SA 86/0

Gulabdin Naib delivering the 19th over, gave just a single run in the first three balls of the over. Here goes a boundary on the fourth ball of the over by de Kock.

SA 80/0

Mohammad Nabi back in attack, here goes a boundary on the third ball of the over. Two dot balls by Nabi and single in the last three balls of the over.

SA 75/0

Rashid Khan back in attack, but ohh, here goes a boundary on the first ball of the over. Again a boundary on the last ball of the over by de Kock. Through this de Kock completes his fifty.

SA 62/0

Rashid Khan delivering the 15th over, gave just 5 runs in this over. No boundaries from the over. South Africa at a score of 62 runs after 15 overs without no loss.

SA 57/0

Gulabdin Naib delivering the 14th over, gave 4 runs out of the 14th over. No boundaries in the over. Afghanistan needs to take some wickets in order to have a hold in the match.

SA 52/0

Rashid Khan delivering the 13th over, gave just two runs in the first three balls of the over. Here goes a boundary on the last ball of the 13th over. South Africa at a score of 52 runs without no loss after 13 overs.

SA 40/0

Rashid Khan again in action, gave just a single run in the first three balls of the over. Not allowing the batsmen to hit boundaries. The target to chase is so low that if South Africa scores just 4 runs per over then also the team is going to win.

SA 35/0

Gulabdin Naib delivering the 10th over, and here goes a boundary on the third ball of the over by, de Kock. de Kock and Amla know that one boundary per over is more than enough to win the match.

SA 30/0

Rashid khan delivering the 9th over, and here goes a boundary on the first ball of Rashid Khan by de Cock. Three consecutive dot balls by Rashid Khan, de Cock unable to hit the ball.

SA 25/0

Hamid Hassan back in action, gave just two runs in the first three balls of the over, and here goes a much-needed boundary on the fifth ball of the over by Hashim Amla.

SA 19/0

Aftab Alam delivering the 7th over, South Africa playing it very slow and need to pace up as it is going to affect their performance. The required run rate 2.27 and the current run rate is low than that too which very disappointing from a team like South Africa.

SA 14/0

Aftab Alam delivering the 5th over, gave just a single run in the first three balls of the over. Amla and de Cock need to pace up as in this way the target will get hard to achieve.

SA 11/0

Hamid Hassan again in action, gave just three runs out of the first three balls of the 4th over. South Africa trying to play it slow and safe.

SA 8/0

Aftab Alam delivering the third over, and here goes a boundary on the second ball of the over by Hashim Amla.

Afghanistan all out at 125 runs

Afghanistan all out at a score of 125 runs, South Africa is going to chase it very easily as it a very low score to chase. South Africa now needs 126 runs in 48 overs to win the match.

AFG 125/9

Afghanistan at a score of 125 runs after 34 overs with a loss of 9 wicket. The South African bowlers had performed very well in the game and the target is very easy to chase in 48 overs.

AFG 97/7

Afghanistan is at a very critical situation, the team has scored 95 runs in 28 overs with a loss of 7 wickets. The match is reduced to 48 overs but as per the situation of Afghanistan, it is quite difficult for them to survive till the last over.

Rain stops in Cardiff

Rain stops in Cardiff and the sun is out. Efforts are on to dry the outfield. No news on pitch inspection yet. The number of overs will not reduce if the match resumes within 30 minutes from now.

Rain continues to interrupt the game

The whole square is being covered now as the rain getting heavier. South Africa will not be pleased with this rain break as Tahir will face difficulty with the new ball. He's South Africa's trump card and du Plessis would love to see him going well against the Afghans.

Rain Interrupts play

Rain interrupts the play again in Cardiff. Covers are coming on now but Radar showing thine clouds over Cardiff and that's good news if turns out to be true. The match should resume soon once the drizzle will stop.

Afghanistan 69/2

Afghan batsmen digging a hole for themselves by not rating strike. The bowlers waiting to bowl will not be easier to hit boundaries. Tahir with his pandora of tricks will fox them. He is lethal when attacked and Afghan batsmen have played right into South Africa's hands.

Afghanistan 67/2

Full and straight from Phehlukwayo and it looks plumb. Zadran decides to review the decision and a big inside edge found on the snicko. Zadran survives a close call. He needs to up the tempo a bit now.

Afghanistan 65/2

Afghanistan batsmen have kept the scoreboard ticking. Morris has been tough to deal with but others have hardly looked threatening. Afghanistan would have taken the score of 65 for the loss of two wickets at the start. They have built a decent platform and now need to consolidate before going big.

Afghanistan 59/2

End of a successful over by Chris Morris. He looks threatening as ever. He has looked like the bowler, most likely to take wickets. He has hit the most awkward length for the batsmen.

Afghanistan 56/2

Struck on the pads and given out on the field. Rahmat Shah opts for the review. Balls hitting on the stumps with umpire's call and Morris ends Rahmat's struggle on the pitch. Hashmatullah Shahidi walks in at number four for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan 56/1

Rahmat Shah needs to rotate strike. He has consumed 21 balls for his 6 runs. He needs to keep calm and need not throw his wicket away by taking too long to settle down. Zadran, too, has taken 46 balls for his 27 runs and that is mounting pressure on them.

Afghanistan 53/1

A boundary on the last ball spoils the over for Morris. Afghan batsmen have picked the right balls to hit boundaries till now and they need to be smarter now as Tahir will be there with all his tricks.

Afghanistan 48/1

Phehlukwayo and Morris are tightening things up for the Proteas. They are not bowling driving lengths and neither they are being predictable by bowling too short. Afghan batsmen need to rotate strike better to keep the momentum going.

Afghanistan 44/1

Did that carry to du Plessis at the second slip? Soft signal from the ground umpire says not out. Good length Ball seamed away from the off stump line and Zadran knicked it. The big screen at the ground says not out and Noor Ali Zadran survives. Chris Morris in the attack now.

Afghanistan 43/1 after first power play

One loose delivery outside off and Noor Ali Zadran fully capitalised on that. South Africa still not bowling deliveries consistently in one area. The pitch map shows scattered lines and lengths by proteas pacers in the first power play.

Rabad Srikes, Zazai departs , Afghanistan 39/1

Rabada gets the better of Zazai in the end. A short ball on the stumps and Zazai went for the pull. van der Dussen took a neat low catch at deep midwicket. He was needlessly attacking and Rabada got the ball jump at him from the length. Rahmat Shah is on the crease at number three.

Afghanistan 39/0 in 8 overs

Zazai was beaten twice on the first two balls of the over and an edge on the third ball did not carry to de Kock. He's living dangerously here.

Afghanistan 34/0

End of a probing over by Rabada. Zadran was tested outside the off stump but he kept his patience intact and didn't play a loose shot. They should look to play balls close to their body.

Afhganistan 33/0 in 6 overs

Hendricks completes his inconsistent over with a fuller ball on the stumps. Afghan batsmen will look to settle down again after the rain interruption. The threat of Rabada is still there and they can

Stopped raining now, play to resume shortly.

The rain has stopped and covers are coming off in the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff. Play will resume at 2.20 Local time and 6.50 Indian Standard Time. Afghans will look to maintain their tempo while South Africa will try to use this rain break to refocus on the strategies with the new ball.

Rain interrupts play

Bowling has not been good from South Africa. Both Rabada and Hendricks struggled to find their suitable lengths. Hendricks has been either too short or too full. Rabada needs to bring his A-game here. Afghan batsmen have batted cautiously so far.

Rain Stops Play at Afghanistan 33/0

Two fours in the over. Hendricks leaking runs on both sides of the wicket. The rain has made an entry in the match. It is not that heavy at the moment but heavy enough for the umpires to call players off the field.

Afghanistan 25/0

Zazai hit Rabada for a boundary on the last ball of the over. Afghan batsmen are playing solidly but are very harsh on loose deliveries by the bowlers. They are off to a decent start now. They need to be watchful against Rabada.

Afghanistan 17/0

Zadran got off the mark with a streaky boundary. Three slips are in place now for the away going deliveries of Hendricks. Swing is still not there.

Afghanistan 9/0

Rabada hitting the bat hard. Zazai mistimed a pull shot but the ball fell in the no man's land. Five runs came of that over.

Afghanistan 4/0

End of a maiden over by Hendricks. The right-handed Zadran faced no difficulty countering his angling away deliveries. Balls are carrying nicely to the wicketkeeper de Kock.

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