After playing 5 matches and losing all of them, Afghanistan is the worst team so far in the World Cup. The internal and external problems in the team have caused a whole list of problems for all the players. With the captaincy change from Afghan to Gulbain Naib, most of the players in the team showed their support for Afghan instead of Gulbain.
Now, after their crushing defeat against England, Afghanistan moves on to face a dominating India side, which hasn’t lost a single match in this iteration of the World Cup. This match looks like a walk in the park for India as everyone has used Afghanistan as a punching bag in this tournament. Even after losing their star opener, Shikar Dhawan, India looks unstoppable in their current form.
India could look to test their players in the batting order to properly cement their lineup before their big matches in the World Cup. The match will be played on 22nd June.
Competition – ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Venue – The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time – 22nd June, 03:00 PM IST
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Average 1st innings score: 249
Average 2nd innings score: 214
Highest Total: 373/3, Lowest Total: 65/10
Highest Chased: 306/7, Lowest Defended: 251/7
With 25 ODIs played on this ground, it has been fairly even, with 12 (52%) wins coming for the team batting first and 11 (48%) wins for batting second. Total 8 innings have gone 300+. The RPO of this pitch is around 5.46 with 36.36 runs per wicket.
Afghanistan and India have men for 2 ODIs before this match. One of the matches was tied while the other one was in favor of India, in which they beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets.
Afghanistan’s recent ODI run (latest first):
India’s recent ODI run (latest first):
India have won the toss and will bat first
Bhuvi misses out, M Shami comes in
Noor Ali Zadran misses out, Hazratullah Zazai comes in for Afghanistan
Aftab Alam comes in place of Dawlat Zadran
Afghanistan Playing XI (confirmed):
Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, H Zazai, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib (c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Mujeeb Ur Rahman
India Playing XI (confirmed):
MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Mohammed Shami, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya
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