Ngidi to return for crunch World Cup clash with Afghanistan

by FariedaJune 12, 2019

Proteas skipper Faf Du Plessis confirmed that seamer Lungi Ngidi would be fit to return to action for South Africa’s match against Afghanistan over the weekend.

The Proteas have made an abominable start to the Cricket World Cup losing their three opening games before a washout against the West Indies on Monday gave the side their first points.

With other matches rained-off already in the tournament, the Proteas still have some faint hopes of reaching the semi-finals, but will need to win all five of their remaining fixtures and hope other results go their way.

The Proteas struggles have centred around brittle top-order batting but have not been helped by injuries to key bowlers and some abject displays in the field.

Speaking after the washout against the West Indies in Southampton, Du Plessis said the Proteas would be thrilled to welcome back, Ngidi, who should give the bowling attack more of a cutting edge.

“Lungi will be ready for the next match. will be good to have him back. We didn’t play our best cricket so far. We’ve got to beat Afghanistan,” Du Plessis said at a sodden Rose Bowl.

The Proteas will need to solve a selection conundrum to wedge Ngidi back into the starting XI. The selectors will have to choose between axing Beuran Hendricks and Chris Morris. Hendricks made his first appearance of the tournament against the West Indies but did not bowl while Morris has acquitted himself reasonably well with bat and ball, at least relative to his teammates.

Afghanistan are the lowest ranked team at the tournament and so far the only team who do not have any log points after suffering three successive defeats to open their World Cup campaign.

The match will be the first ever One-Day International between the two sides. South Africa are the only full member nation who have yet to face Afghanistan in ODI cricket.

Sophia Gardens in Cardiff will play host to what is the Proteas only scheduled day/night match during the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Play should get underway at 14:30 on Saturday 15 June.


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