AFG vs SA Semi-Final 1 Live Score: commentary, team news, predicted XI and match odds

AFG vs SA: Live score and ball-by-ball commentary

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Preview of Today’s T20 World Cup Match

Afghanistan vs South Africa, semi-final 1
Where: Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad
When: June 26, 8:30 PM local time

Less than 48 hours later make history to qualify for the semi-finalsAfghanistan will be at it again. When they step onto the pitch at Brian Lara Stadium, their players will be fully aware of the significance of what they could potentially achieve by reaching the top match. What they have done is awe-inspiring enough, but nothing is ever ‘enough’ for this cricket team. Their match against Bangladesh provided drama for the ages, and given the history of their opponents, things may not get any easier.

On the international stage, South Africa has been plagued by heartbreaks. There are too many to mention, but here in the Caribbean they are once again on the eve of glory. They have won seven of the seven matches in this tournament, the most ever by any team in a single edition, and yet they don’t look entirely convincing.. It’s a strange situation to be in, but South Africa can take solace in the fact that they face the one team in the last four that is currently less experienced than them. On paper they are the stronger party, but the journey from paper to pitch is long.

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AFG vs SA: Who are the key players?

Rashid Khan

After back surgery earlier this year, the consensus was that Rashid Khan did not look his best during the IPL, but he has gradually come into his own over the course of this tournament. Against Bangladesh he scored an invaluable 19* (10) and ripped the heart out of their middle order with 4-23. On a night when history beckons again, Afghanistan will look to its captain to make an all-round impact.

Hendrik Klaasen

Heinrich Klaasen has made a name for himself as the world’s most formidable spin player in the shortest format over the past two years, but has not set this tournament on fire as many predicted. There have been signs, almost a bubbling beneath the surface, but the volcano hasn’t actually erupted yet. Afghanistan will try to keep spin out of him no matter what, but given the chance, Klaasen can get anyone on the planet – even Rashid Khan.

AFG vs SA team news


Afghanistan seem to have chosen their favored XI in the last two matches. Given the results in those games, it’s unlikely they’ll make any changes, even based on the circumstances. They may be tempted to bring an extra batsman, but most likely don’t want to lose the flexibility of eight (!) solid bowling options. There was concern about Rahmanullah Gurbaz after he injured his knee and had to be substituted while keeping wickets against Bangladesh, but since it was an impact injury he should recover in time. Something says that Gulbadin Naib has recovered quite well from his hamstring injury.

South Africa

South Africa played with both spinners against the West Indies last time out, and should do the same in Trinidad. Marco Jansen was injured in a collision while fielding and did not complete his quota of overs. He did come to bat (and hit the winning runs), so should also be fit for the semi-final. The form of opener Reeza Hendricks has been a concern and he could be replaced by Ryan Rickleton, but whether the Proteas will see fit to use the latter in a knockout match for the first time remains to be seen.

AFG vs SA: Predicted Match 11


Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Nangeyalia Kharote, Rashid Khan (c), Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi.

South Africa

Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), Tristan Stubbs, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.

Site report and soil conditions

The Trinidad ground played host to several one-sided matches during this World Cup, with PNG and Uganda being swept away by Afghanistan and New Zealand respectively. In the match between West Indies and New Zealand, there was a special Sherfane Rutherford to take the hosts to 149 and a 13-run win, but it was undoubtedly a game for the bowlers.

The irregularity of the surface here has contributed to difficult hitting conditions, especially unpredictability in bounce and spin. Depending on which lane is used for this competition, the square boundaries can be very close together, or up to 7 meters apart. The straight stroke is about 75 yards and the wind, although not very strong, blows over the ground towards the shorter side.

Team form (most recent first)

Afghanistan: WWLLW

South Africa: WWWWW

Odds and match prediction

According to Dafabet, South Africa is the favorite to win this match.

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