IND vs AFG Match Preview
The star-studded Indian line-up is expected to have a run-fest against a dismal Afghan side who conceded a mammoth 397 against England in their last match. Threatening to be another one-sided contest, this match could well present itself to team India as a prolonged practice session in which an overwhelming performance could potentially secure a semi-final berth and increase the net-run-rate.
However, there remains to be seen how Kohli & Co. cope with the injury-blows that have scared the team in the last few days. While in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for the rest of the ICC World Cup 2019, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also been sidelined for the next two-three games. Mohammad Shami is expected to take his place and it will be interesting to look how India’s leading wicket-taker of ICC World Cup 2015 adjust in the challenging condition of England.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, have been in the middle of blunders all around. While their on-field performance has garnered criticism, off the field issues have also been a major reason of worry for the team. Their star and world number three ODI bowler Rashid Khan bowled the most expensive spell of World Cup history in their last match against England and since then the going has been tough for the bowler.
IND vs AFG Weather Forecast
The Indian fans have all the reasons to heave sighs of relief as the Met Office have predicted no chance of rain today in Southampton. Rain has been the cause of annoyance during the World Cup for some time now and it’s refreshing to have no prediction of rain during a match of India, who already saw one of their matches got washed out. It is expected to remain sunny throughout the day with the temperature set to remain between 15-20 degree Celcius.
IND vs AFG Pitch Report
The pitch at the Rose Bowl stadium has not been much of a batting-friendly track as witnessed so far. However, during the match between West Indies and England the wicket did seem to flatten up a bit as England chased their winning total of 213 with 17 overs and eight wickets in hand against a potent Windies pace attack. But, not to forget on the same day, on the same wicket the English bowlers rattled the batsmen for just 212. Thus to predict how the wicket will behave would be a hard nut to crack. But, India being a strong bowling side would surely fancy a bolwers’ day out in the middle.
IND vs AFG Probable Playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran/Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
India: Virat Kohli (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.
Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hasan, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.