This match will be between two Asian teams that have been playing exceptional cricket in the recent times. India currently rest at the 4th position in the table while Afghanistan are all set to get the wooden spoon.
India have won all their 3 played matches (one game was washed). Afghanistan are having a rather downhearted run as they have lost all their 5 played matches.
While the Afghani players are chipping in with their individual performances; the team is still said to lack unity to take down big teams at a stage like the World Cup.
Afghanistan (Probable XI): 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.
India (Probable XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C),Rishab Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar , Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Virat Kohli vs Gulbadin Naib
The contest of captains is expected to be a thrilling one as both have been performing consistently for their teams in this tournament.
Niab currently has 5 wickets in this tournament and has been bowling spells with a good economy rate.
The Afghani Captain currently has a lot riding on his shoulders as his team is hitting rock bottom and is all set to get the wooden spoon. Given the fact they’re taking on India; they can only be expected to show a good amount of resistance and fight back before they go down.
Kohli needs no formal introduction as the distinctive batsman has been the talk of the town from many a years. Because of his un-peculiar batting, Kohli has left everyone in awe with his current form.
With over 11,000 runs in ODIs alone, Kohli averages close to a mammoth 60 in ODIs. The batsman is now also called as ‘King Kohli’ for his individual records and performances.
The Indian playing legend is also the currently ranked No.1 in both Test and ODI formats of the game.
He also has 2 consecutive 50+ scores in this tournament, so far.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Hashmatullah Shahidi
Bumrah is another key asset to the Indian side as he is currently the No.1 ODI bowler. The right arm seamer rightly deserves the tag as he has been wrecking havoc on every batsman that he bowls to and is undoubtedly a feared bowler.
With his unorthodox bowling style, the right arm bowler can bowl with at-most precision and generate swing at will.
This makes him a crucial factor for this side as he can zip through overs quickly and chip in with wickets at regular intervals.
Shahidi showed the world that he means business in this tournament as the leftie fought hard in the previous game against England. With a score 77, Shahidi held on to one end to give his side some stability before falling prey to Archer.
This was his second 50+ score in this tournament. The young batsman has showed his potential and now is expected to play a bigger role for his team in the coming matches.
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The Indian side is currently cruising through this tournament as they are said to to have one of the best squads in this tournament.
The team has taken away all the played matches with ease with a team effort and individual performances as well. This match will be interesting for sure but team Cricwizz predicts that the Indian side will have another easy go and end up with 2 more points.
The game will be one sided and the Indian batsmen are expected to score big; Rahul especially, with his promotion as an opener.