India are set to lock horns against Afghanistan on September 25 in the Asia Cup. India have already booked a place in the finals while Afghanistan are already crashed out of the tournament. Although it is a match with little significance, plenty of drama is expected as both teams have a lot to prove. India will look to extend their dominance while Afghanistan would love to bid adeau with a win.
As the two teams gear up for their last match in the super four stage, keep an eye on these three player battles.
1. Shikhar Dhawan vs Mujeeb Ur Rahman-
With two centuries in four innings, Dhawan has yet again proved that he is India’a MVP in major ODI tournaments.
But given his troubles against off-spinners (he has 19 dismissals against off-spinners while only eight against left-arm spinners) especially during power-plays it will be enthralling to watch his contest against Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Rahman bowls with a big heart and has emerged as a specialist new ball bowler. He would be itching to have a go against the left-hand batsman.
2. Rohit Sharma vs Rashid Khan
The ultimate clash of the titans, this contest is surely the highlight of this match. A classical and elegant right-hand batsman facing a high-quality and accurate leg-spinner.
Rashid’s googlies have troubled the best batsmen in the world but Rohit’s ability to play late and with soft hands can neutralise Rashid’s biggest weapon.
If Rohit gets going then expect some jaw-dropping cover drives from Rohit’s bat.
3. Hashmatullah Shaidi vs Kuldeep Yadav-
Averaging 87.66 in this Asia Cup, Hashmatullah Shaidi has scored there fifties in his last three innings. But against India he will be challenged by Kuldeep Yadav, the mysterious chinaman bowler.
Facing Kuldeep will be a massive learning experience for the 23-year-old batsman and he will have to be at his best to counter Kuldeep’s wrong one.
Kuldeep loves setting up a batsman before claiming his wicket and this makes this contest exciting. It will be fascinating to see how and when Kuldeep bowls his trademark wrong one that pitches on a full length to the left-hand batsman.