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World Cup 2019, SA vs Afg ODI Predicted Playing 11 Updates: South Africa looking for first win

World Cup 2019, South Africa vs Afghanistan (SA vs Afg) Playing 11 Today Match, Squad, Players List Updates: Sri Lanka clash with Australia in the first match while South Africa take on Afghanistan later on Saturday.

World Cup 2019, SA vs Afg ODI Practice Match Squad: Sri Lanka clash with holders Australia. (Source: Reuters)

World Cup 2019, South Africa vs Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11: Winless so far in the tournament, both South Africa and Afghanistan will be eagerly looking to tick the victory box when they take on each other in a World Cup encounter in Cardiff on Saturday. Down and out, the two bottom-placed teams know that this will be their best chance to post their first win in the ongoing 50-over showpiece.

SL vs AUS Live Score, Updates

Meanwhile, four out of the 19 matches contested at the World Cup have been called off or abandoned in the rain-hit tournament and the Sri Lankans are the only team to have suffered this misfortune twice. Their last two matches against Asian rivals Pakistan and Bangladesh were both complete washouts in Bristol, meaning Sri Lanka have not faced any competitive action for 11 days – hardly ideal preparation before taking on holders Australia at the Oval on Saturday.

Live Blog

World Cup 2019, SA vs Afg ODI Predicted Playing 11 LIVE Updates:

South Africa opt to bowl first

In focus: Aftab Alam

In focus: Rassie van der Dussen

Faf du Plessis on Afghanistan:

"You need two or three guys to stand up and win you a game. They've got those players. Rashid Khan is probably the standout for them."

Behind the nets

Disappointing starts

South Africa's shock defeats

This is perhaps the first time that South Africa, from the very beginning, were never in contention to make it to the semifinals but remaining winless after four matches is something unexpected. After three straight losses against England, Bangladesh and India, their fourth match against the West Indies was abandoned due to rain.

Losing streak

Afghanistan lost all three of their matches till now to defending champions Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. However, the players of the war-torn nation can take confidence from the fact that they gave a good account of themselves against the Sri Lankans and almost pulled it off.

Warner winning hearts

SA vs AFG

With the first match on Saturday underway in London, let us shift our focus to the next one. South Africa and Afghanistan are both looking for their maiden win.

Toss

Sri Lanka has won the toss and opted to bowl first against defending champions Australia. For live score and updtes, FOLLOW THIS PAGE

Head-to-head

Australia lead Sri Lanka 7-1 in World Cups. Can Sri Lanka reduce that lead today?

Last minute prep

Australia to take final call on injured Stoinis next week

Australia will take a final call on injured all-rounder Marcus Stoinis' fate in the World Cup ahead of their next week's match against Bangladesh.

Stoinis remains absent

Allrounder Marcus Stoinis will miss his second straight match after straining his side last weekend while bowling in the loss to India. He has five more days before Australia's next game against Bangladesh to come right. Mitchell Marsh has joined the squad on standby.

Looking good

Oval's final fixture

London weather

The weather forecast in London, where Sri Lanka clash with the defending champions, is predicted to be partly cloudy. However, there are chances of patchy rain as the day progresses. Read London's weather report

Australia Probable XI

Australia Probable XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon/Adam Zampa

Sri Lanka Probable XI

Sri Lanka Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Faf du Plessis:

"It's a hard time, but it's also a time that I'm really owning up to the fact that I need to step up and make sure that I lead the team in a time when they need me."

Mitch Marsh is prepared

Weather unkind to SL

Australia captain Aaron Finch says the weather has been unkind to Sri Lanka at the World Cup. "It's not ideal, is it, when rain plays a big part in a tournament like this,'' Finch said on the eve of Australia's group game against Sri Lanka at the Oval. ``I think Sri Lanka have been unlucky with a couple of games they have had washed out."

Buildup

This Saturday, we have two World Cup 2019 teams clashing against each other. First, Sri Lanka take on Australia before South Africa clash with Afghanistan. Stay tuned for live updates off the field ahead of the match, the talk around the fixtures as well as Predicted Playing XI