As the ICC Cricket World Cup unfolds, a captivating face-off awaits cricket enthusiasts worldwide. India, known for its illustrious cricketing legacy, takes on Afghanistan, a team with tenacity and talent.
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Match Preview: India vs Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup 9th Match
ICC World Cup • 11 Oct, 2023 • 5,014 Views • ⭐ 5.0
Written by Anand Swami
Although historically underdogs, Afghanistan's journey in international cricket is noteworthy. On the other hand, India's depth and experience make this encounter one to watch.
The Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi, named after the late Indian politician and cricket enthusiast, remains a significant landmark in the world of cricket. Over the years, it has been a stage for several notable cricket encounters. Recent statistics highlight an interesting pattern: out of 27 games, teams opting to bat first clinched victory 13 times.
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The pitch here seems to favour those setting a target, especially given that the average score for the starting innings in recent matches hovers around 260. This backdrop suggests that whichever captain wins the toss might be inclined to bat first, hoping to exploit the pitch's batting-friendly conditions.
Form Guide - India
The Indian cricket team, under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, boasts an impressive track record leading up to this encounter, evidenced by their last five outings: WLWWW. This winning streak portrays a team in form and high spirits, ready to face any challenge thrown at them.
The synergy between veteran players like Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul, and the energy of newer talents has been instrumental in India's recent successes. The team, with its mix of experience and youth, is poised to showcase another cricketing masterclass.
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Form Guide - Afghanistan
Afghanistan's recent form (LLLLL) may seem worrisome on paper, but the world of cricket knows the potential this team holds. Time and again, they've demonstrated their ability to punch above their weight, putting up commendable performances against top-tier teams. Their squad, with stalwarts like Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan, possesses the firepower to tilt the match in their favour on any given day.
Players to Watch
Rohit Sharma, India's charismatic captain, has evolved remarkably in his playing style. His recent form, marked by a more aggressive approach, has left cricket pundits and fans in awe. For Afghanistan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz stands out as a beacon of hope.
His aggressive playing style, especially seen during his IPL stints where he effortlessly hit even the best bowlers out of the park, makes him a pivotal player in this contest.
The Indian team, adept at reading conditions, might consider introducing pace into their lineup. Given the pitch in Delhi, Shardul Thakur could be a valuable addition, potentially replacing R Ashwin.
On the Afghan front, despite their recent setback, captain Hashmatullah Shahidi might repose faith in the current XI, hoping for a rejuvenated performance against the Indian juggernaut.
Pitch and Weather Report
Delhi's pitch, historically known to assist spinners, has witnessed a transformation lately. The recent matches suggest a balanced track that caters to both bowlers and batsmen. Early patience will be the key for batsmen, as spending time could be rewarded later. As for the weather, cricket fans can rejoice as a full 50-over game seems guaranteed under the clear Delhi sky, with no rain interruptions in sight.
Predicted Line ups
India's Probable XI: KL Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma (capt), Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli.
Afghanistan's Probable XI: Rahmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Ibrahim Zadran.
Afghanistan fielded their strongest side in Dharamsala, but a bad day led to their defeat, according to Captain Shahidi. He may retain the same XI, hoping for a better performance against India.
Cricket enthusiasts can enjoy live coverage of the match on the Star Sports network, guaranteeing they won't miss a single ball. Alternatively, those who prefer to watch online can visit the Disney+ Hotstar app or website. The match will begin at 2 pm IST.
The upcoming match promises a potpourri of emotions, strategy, and skill. While India would seek to consolidate their dominant position, Afghanistan will look to script an epic.
As fans worldwide gear up for this enthralling contest, the beauty of cricket lies in its unpredictability. Will experience prevail or will the underdogs have the last laugh? Only time will tell.
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