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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 21, South Africa vs Afghanistan – Statistical Preview

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South Africa and Afghanistan are the only teams in the ongoing World Cup that have not tasted a victory. Both the teams began their respective campaigns with three straight defeats and are quickly running out of the semi-final contention. South Africa, in fact, played a game more than the Afghans which turned out to be a washout. Sophia Gardens in Cardiff will host the day-night game between the Proteas and Afghanistan who will face off for the first time in the ODI format.

All the key stats and numbers ahead of this game between the underperforming sides:

1 – Only once Afghanistan has lost four successive matches in their ODI history. They lost their last three matches during the 2015 CWC and followed it with another defeat in a bilateral series against Zimbabwe. The Afghans began their 2019 CWC campaign with three straight defeats.

2 – South Africa has been victorious only twice in their last ten completed ODI matches in England. They lost seven of those ten including five in the previous five completed ODIs in this part of the world while another game ended in a tie.

2 – South Africa have faced Afghanistan in International cricket on two instances; both in the World T20. They got better of the Afghans by 59 runs in 2010 edition and by a margin of 37 runs in the 2016 tournament.

66.57 – Rassie van der Dussen’s ODI batting average at the moment reads 66.57. Rassie, who made his ODI debut this year, has amassed 466 in the 11 outings with five half-centuries.

2008 – Last time South Africa lost four straight completed matches in ODI format was back in 2008. Saffers lost their first three matches in this World Cup before their game against the Windies was washed out. This was the first time since 2013 that the South Africans went four successive ODIs without a win.

2991 – David Miller needs nine more runs to complete 3000 runs in the ODI cricket. Miller will be the 17th player to aggregate 3000 ODI runs for South Africa when he scores those nine runs.

7935 – Runs Hashim Amla has scored in the 174 innings he batted in his ODI career thus far. He needs 65 more runs in his next ODI innings to become the joint-quickest to reach 8000 ODI runs. The record is on the name of Virat Kohli who took 175 innings to reach 8ooo runs in ODIs. However, Amla has scored only 25 runs in the three innings in the ongoing tournament.

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