IND vs AFG Dream11: It’s been an underwhelming campaign for Team India, as they sustained back-to-back defeats to Pakistan and New Zealand. The Men in Blue have no other choice but to regroup and get the better of a resilient Afghanistan unit up next. India has looked toothless in its previous two performances and is yet to move into second gear. The quest for the semi final seems bleak at this moment of time, as Virat Kohli and co. will have to secure big wins in their next three fixtures, followed by a few favorable results elsewhere. As for Afghanistan, they have four points on board from the six so far. Wins against Scotland and Namibia, as well as a fitting display against Pakistan in spite of the defeat, makes them a real threat later tonight. With this being a must-win for the Indians, it will be interesting to see the change in approach that they adapt to. Meanwhile, Afghanistan could have a good chance of an upset against a side that is low in confidence.
Fixture Name: India vs Afghanistan
Competition: ICC T20 World Cup
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
Ground Details: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
Pitch Report: The wicket at Abu Dhabi does have a bit of grass on it, which should provide the faster bowlers with extra pace and bounce. However, once the batsmen have settled in there, they could for big runs. A first innings score of 170 can prove to be enough.
Toss Update: Afghanistan has won the toss and will bowl first
WK: I Kishan, R Gurbaz
BAT: R Sharma, L Rahul, H Zazai
AR: R Jadeja, M Nabi
BOW: R Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, J Bumrah, S Thakur
India has minimal chances of making it to the semi-finals of the tournament, and Afghanistan can pile further misery given the quality of players in their locker. However, Team India are expected to bounce back to get the win here.
The expectations will be on KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma to be amongst the runs. Jasprit Bumrah was the rare standout with the ball in hand in the last game and can earn the user essential points.
in spite of the early dismissals in the last two games, KL Rahul has performed quite well in general. The opening batter has scored 1578 runs from 51 T20Is, which includes 12 fifties and a couple of hundreds as well. KL Rahul also has an average of 38.5, while, batting at a strike rate of 141.0
Jasprit Bumrah can cause problems with his pace and bounce on the Abu Dhabi wicket. The specialist fast bowler has 61 wickets from 52 T20Is, while, having an economy rate of 6.63
` KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammad Shahzad and Hazratullah Zazai are the likely candidates to score the runs for Afghanistan. However, the likes of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman are the trump cards who can significantly change the course of the game.
Rashid Khan is one of the quickest bowlers to move into the 100 wickets category in T20I cricket. The wrist-spinner has bagged 102 wickets from 54 T20Is, at an economy rate of 6.14. Rashid Khan also has four four-wicket hauls, and two fifers under his belt.
Mujeeb ur Rahman can play a pivotal role with his ‘mystery spin’. The 20-year-old has scalped 31 wickets from 21 T20Is. This includes a five-wicket haul as well, which was completed against Scotland in the ongoing campaign.
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Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan
The upcoming encounter between India and Afghanistan will be available to watch on Star Sports and Hotstar.
The rest of the ICC T20 World Cup games will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network and will also be live-streamed on Hotstar.
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