India vs Afghanistan, Asia Cup 2014: India pit against Afghanistan

Indian-batsmen-Virat-Kohli-(R)-and-Ajinkya-RahaneAfter Bangladesh’s productivity with the bat against Pakistan, all of a sudden hopes of Team India qualifying have been restored. Bangladesh lashed onto the Pakistan bowlers giving themselves a chance to create second upset of the Asia Cup and even India stand in with a chance to qualify for finals if Bangladesh happens to pull this one off. What could have been otherwise a dead rubber has turned into an action packed game.

India scheduled to play Afghanistan in game number nine, will have all eyes on tonight’s on-going clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh, as they can see themselves in with a chance.

India will be all guns blazing against Afghanistan who are as good as any opponent mainly because of their striking bowling performances so far in all three games. It is going to be a moderate clash of Indian batting against Afghan bowling.

India will not be looking to change their line up for this game and will want all players to put up a good show in all departments. Amit Mishra performance against Pakistan came as breather for India amidst continuing dismal bowling performances. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have failed miserably to put up a decent opening partnership on board, they have to mix caution with aggression when they will be up against Afghanistan. Middle order batting has performed in patches, but will be looking to add on more to the blotchy good performances.

Afghanistan has already notched some attractive show and won’t be bogged down. Afghan batsmen have failed to show consistency and will try to charge already struggling Indian bowling.  Asghar Stanikzai will be vital cog in afghan batting line up besides Samiullah Shenwari who had a decent run in the tournament so far. Medium pace bowler Mirwais Ashraf has been the pick of the bowlers and they will be banking on him to come good along with the likes of slow left arm bowler Hamza Hotak.

India, with just one win from three games will be pushing themselves for a clinical performance against the Afghans. Well wait! Have Bangladesh opened gates for India?