When this edition of ICC Cricket World Cup started a fortnight back, not many would have imagined South Africa languishing at ninth place in the ten-team event, neither would many have foreseen a strangely spirit-less performance from Afghanistan. This is perhaps the first time that South Africa, from the very beginning, were never in contention to make it to the semifinals but remaining winless after four matches is something unexpected. "But that's done now. if we carry those ghosts of the last week with us, then it's going to be tough to get out of the hole". But such has been the quality of cricket by both teams that they find themselves occupying the bottom two places on the points table.
"Chasing when there is rain around generally gives you a better indication of what to do", said South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. "We just haven't unlocked the potential that we do have in our side". A final decision will likely be made Saturday morning.
South Africa: Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.