Faf du Plessis and his troops will hope to gain confidence against an Afghanistan team that’s also trying to find its feet.
Faf du Plessis called correctly again at a toss at the World Cup and decided to put Afghanistan in to bat in their vital meeting in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Proteas are hoping that their seam attack can place their rookie opponents under pressure in conditions that are expected to be conducive to bowling following a wet week in Wales.
Du Plessis is also acutely aware that the weather could easily change again.
“When there’s the threat of rain, it’s sometimes better to bowl first because then you have a bit of an idea how you would need to approach your batting,” said the South African skipper.
The Proteas are unchanged from the washout against the West Indies.
“We only played about seven overs in that game. There’s no reason to change the team,” said Du Plessis.
Proteas: Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Beuran Hendricks.