The match will start at 2 pm
New Delhi (EMS). Encouraged by the victory in the very first match of the World Cup against Australia, the Indian cricket team will enter the Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Wednesday with the intention of a big win against Afghanistan. The Indian team is a strong contender for victory in this second match because the Afghan team is much weaker than them. The Indian team will have to play this match also without opener Shubman Gill because Shubman is hospitalized due to dengue fever. In such a situation, in this match also young Ishan Kishan will start the innings with captain Rohit Sharma. Rohit, Ishaan and Shreyas Iyer could not score runs in the first match against Australia, so now their aim will be to play big innings. The biggest challenge before Rohit’s team in this match will be to adapt to the conditions at nine different places. The pitch of Ferozshah Kotla is helpful for the batsmen. Therefore, the Indian team will have to make a big score here. In a match played here last week between South Africa and Sri Lanka, a total of more than 700 runs were scored.
Against Australia, Ishan and Shreyas Iyer were out after playing bad shots due to which India could not get a good start. This time they will have to perform better by learning from their mistake.
It will not be difficult for India to face Afghanistan’s bowlers because their bowlers are of normal skill. Since this ground is small, it will be easy to hit fours and sixes. This match is going to be played on the home ground of experienced batsman Virat Kohli in which he would like to play a big innings. Virat had batted brilliantly and scored 85 runs in the first match also. He will be excited to play in the pavilion named after him.
At the same time, KL Rahul, who scored the most runs in the first match, would also like to maintain his rhythm. Rahul has performed well since the Asia Cup last month. The team management kept faith in him despite the criticism, which he lived up to. In bowling, India’s combination against Australia has been excellent so far. India took six wickets in the middle overs. Mohammed Shami may get a place in place of R Ashwin in this match.
On the other hand, Afghanistan, which lost to Bangladesh in its very first match, will try to surprise the fans by performing better. Afghanistan has good spinners like Rashid Khan in bowling from whom it would like to take advantage. Apart from this, its batsmen will also have to perform better. So far, only opening batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz seems to be in form. In the first match she was able to score only 156 runs.
Both the teams are like this.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav.
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Umarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqui.
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