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.
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.
World Cup 2019, SA vs Afg ODI Predicted Playing 11 LIVE Updates:
South Africa opt to bowl first
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."
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.
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.
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.
Australia lead Sri Lanka 7-1 in World Cups. Can Sri Lanka reduce that lead today?
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.
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."
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."
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