Afghanistan need a big victory in order to get a significant boost to their net run rate as they look to keep their World Cup 2023 semifinal hopes alive when they face a South Africa outfit looking to bounce back from a crushing defeat at the hands of India.
While Ponting has been impressed with the way India have gelled as a team, the former World Cup winning captain shied away from including any players from the host nation when asked to name his top three players of the tournament thus far.
Quinton de Kock's fourth century of the Cricket World Cup guided table-topping South Africa to an emphatic 190-run win over New Zealand on Wednesday, but his influence on the side stretches well beyond runs in the middle.
A high-flying South Africa made several records with unstoppable Quinton de Kock being at the center of the most during their World Cup game against another tournament favourites New Zealand at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune yesterday.
Quinton de Kock smashed his fourth century of the World Cup and Rassie van der Dussen also hit a ton as South Africa made 357-4 against New Zealand at Pune's MCA Stadium on Wednesday.
South Africa's Quinton de Kock became the first batsman at this World Cup to score 500 runs, when he achieved the feat against New Zealand on Wednesday.
De Kock is currently the tournament's leading batter with 407 runs, including three hundreds, from just five matches at an average of over 81 heading into South Africa's game against Pakistan in Chennai on Friday.
De Kock has now surpassed Virat Kohli as the tournament's leading scorer with 407 runs to the India star's 354.
The 30-year-old De Kock reached his 19th ODI hundred off 90 balls with eight fours and five sixes having also made a century in South Africa's opening win over Sri Lanka.