Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
June 22, Saturday; 15:00 IST
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You could possibly level to the dimensions of South Africa’s underperformances at this World Cup being considerably of a shock, however their being weakened by the shoulder damage ruling out Dale Steyn and a hamstring damage retaining Lungi Ngidi out for 3 matches. In any other case, we haven’t had a lot in the way in which of shock up to now, with the 4 groups who had been anticipated to complete within the semi-final positions sitting fairly on the midway mark within the match.
Afghanistan had been one of many groups who we reserved particular focus for in the beginning of the match. They beat Pakistan of their first warm-up match and, at that time, appeared able to registering just a few wins and going toe to toe with the match favourites. 5 matches in, Afghanistan, however for a short spell in opposition to Sri Lanka in Cardiff (the place they’d an ideal likelihood to win after bowling out the opposition for 201), have carried out poorly.
Maybe the writing was on the wall when Asghar Afghan was eliminated as captain (throughout codecs) lower than two months earlier than the World Cup and the response it elicited from seniors members Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who expressed their disapproval on Twitter. The dispute over Mohammad Shahzad’s ejection from the squad after two matches due to a knee damage and Phil Simmons’ Twitter outburst on Wednesday in response to unsettling feedback from former Afghanistan cricketer Dawlat Ahmadzai haven’t helped the workforce give attention to taking part in good cricket.
Nabi and Rashid, two of probably the most integral members of the squad, haven’t performed to potential up to now, whereas senior batsman Afghan’s non-selection for the primary three matches made little sense too. A mix of key gamers underperforming, the off-field distractions and contentious workforce picks have contributed to Afghanistan being rock-bottom and preventing to finish a five-match shedding streak with 4 matches left to play.
Going into the match in opposition to India, Afghanistan can take coronary heart from their batting efficiency in opposition to England after Eoin Morgan’s 71-ball 148 took the match host to 397 batting first. Led by Hashmatullah Shahidi’s second fifty-plus rating of the World Cup, they supplied resistance in opposition to the tempo and incision of Jofra Archer and combined warning with aggression effectively sufficient to recommend they’ll at the least be aggressive in opposition to India. Their catching, floor fielding and bowling should, nonetheless, significantly enhance if they’re to disclaim India a win, as they did on the Asia Cup final yr.
By way of ability, expertise and type, we are able to haven’t any doubts as to who’s the superior of the 2 groups. For India, the main target shall be on being skilled in opposition to Afghanistan in all departments and to construct on their assured begin to the World Cup. Whereas they’ve been beset by Shikhar Dhawan being dominated out with a fracture of the primary metacarpal in his left thumb, India now have readability over one of many opening slots for the remainder of the match (as issues stand) with KL Rahul remaining Rohit Sharma’s associate.
India, in distinction to Afghanistan, are in excessive spirits and the problem for Virat Kohli and co. is to keep up their degree of efficiency from the wins over South Africa, Australia and Pakistan over a comparatively simpler second half of the league section.
Climate and pitch report
India play Afghanistan on the venue (Hampshire Bowl) the place they beat South Africa by six wickets of their opening match. The bowlers have discovered loads of help when bowling first at this venue, with India proscribing South Africa to 227 for 9 of their match, whereas England—in the one different accomplished match right here—bowled out the West Indies for 212 after electing to bowl first. The captain profitable the toss would possibly choose to bowl first once more.
India educated beneath blue skies on Thursday and in line with the climate forecast, Saturday shall be sunny with a most temperature of 19-degree Celsius.
India vs Afghanistan Dream11 prediction, predicted taking part in 11
Dream11: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rahmat Shah, Hardik Pandya, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan (vice-captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Gulbadin Naib
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s reported hamstring stiffness means Mohammed Shami is prone to slot into the Indian taking part in 11, which is in any other case prone to stay the identical from the match in opposition to Pakistan. Rishabh Pant would possibly get the nod straight after changing Dhawan within the squad if Vijay Shankar is deemed unfit after struggling a toe damage throughout India’s observe session on Wednesday.
India taking part in 11: 1 Virat Kohli (c), 2 Rohit Sharma, three KL Rahul, four MS Dhoni (wk), 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Vijay Shankar/Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik, eight Mohammed Shami, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Kuldeep Yadav
Afghanistan might effectively keep on with the identical XI from the match in opposition to England, although Hazratullah Zazai may are available in for Noor Ali Zadran.
Afghanistan taking part in 11: 1 Gulbadin Naib (c), 2 Hazratullah Zazai/Noor Ali Zadran, three Rahmat Shah, four Asghar Afghan, 5 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 6 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 7 Najibullah Zadran, eight Mohammad Nabi, 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Mujeeb Ur Rahman
India, given their all-round capability, are able to obliterating most groups, however they are going to be cautious of Afghanistan, who denied them a win within the Asia Cup final yr. For Naib and co., this match is one other alternative to check themselves in opposition to one other of the large boys of world cricket.