South Africa win toss and opt to bowl against Afghanistan


CARDIFF: South Africa won the toss and chose to bowl in their must-win World Cup match against Afghanistan in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Proteas, missing the injured Dale Steyn, suffered defeats against England, Bangladesh and India before picking up a point from a rain-ruined match against the West Indies in Southampton.
Afghanistan are also winless and were bottom of the 10-team table before the match, one place below South Africa.
South Africa were unchanged from the team that started the match against the West Indies, which ended in a no result.
Afghanistan made one change, bringing in former captain Asghar Afghan in place of Najibullah Zadran.
“Chasing when there is rain around generally gives you a better indication of what to do,” said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.
“We have played hardly any cricket so there is no need to make any changes. We’ve had a lot of rain which hasn’t been ideal but we’ve had some good team chats.”
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib said: “We would have had a bowl as well but we have had a good four days of practice here.”
South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (capt), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Imran Tahir
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (capt), Ikram Alikhil (wkt), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan


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