Date: Jan 17, 2020
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Diamond Oval, Kimberley
(You can watch this game on Star Sports 3 and also on Hotstar)
Hosts South Africa are against Afghanistan in the opening game of the U19 WC 2020, which I believe, is going to be the most competitive tournament ever.
Coming to this game, South Africa are coming after a bilateral series loss to India and then a loss in the final of the Quadrangular series against the same opposition. Captain Parsons, Coetzee and Bird are the three most important players in the tournament for the host side.
While Afghanistan, just like the previous edition, is a very strong side. Captained by Farhan Zakhail, Afghanistan too, are coming after a series defeat to India.
They have some very talented players in this squad as well, especially, in their spin department.
Going to be a very interesting first game.
All clear for a full game.
Kimberley is traditionally, a good batting surface where ball does swings well in the initial few overs, but doesn’t do much later on. But because, Afghanistan has an exceptional spin attack and an equally bad batting lineup, this could turn out to be a low scoring game.
Bryce Parsons (Captain), Luke Beaufort, Khanya Cotani, Jonathan Bird, Merrick Brett, Gerald Coetzee, Tyrese Karelse, Mondli Khumalo, Achille Cloete, Jack Lees, Andrew Louw, Levert Manje, Odirile Modimokoane, Pheku Moletsane, Tiaan van Vuuren.
Farhan Zakhil (Captain), Sediqullah Atal, Noor Ahmad, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Fazal Haque, Imran Mir, Jamshid Miralikhil, Abid Mohammadi, Ishaq Mohammadi, Asif Musazai, Abdul Rahman, Abidullah Taniwal, Rahmanullah Zadran, Zohaib Zamankhil, Ibrahim Zadran.
Ideal fantasy combination:
South Africa are clear favourites for this game, but I believe, if Afghanistan batsmen can step up, and score above 200, their spinners will easily win them the game. We all know, how South Africans play spin, and this U19 team is no different.
They are definitely going to struggle against the Afghan spinners and that’s why toss will be very crucial in this game.
Going with a 6-5 (or even 7-4, according to toss) combination in favour of the Afghanistan boys.
Bryce Parsons: The skipper of the SA-U19 side is a must have player in your side due to his allround skills. Parsons has shown good form after returning from a long injury and you can expect plenty of points from him for your fantasy XI.
Noor Ahmed and Shafiqullah Ghafari: Afghanistan has all the varieties of spin, that exist, in their current U19 squad. Spin trio of Noor, Ghafari and Abid Mohammadi can exploit SA’s weakness against spin, so make sure, you don’t drop any of them. (Especially, if Afghanistan U19’s bowl first)
My Dream11 Team:
(Final team to be updated after toss)
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are of the author and are not a reflection of the actual points that you might earn.