Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date:22nd June, 2019
Head-to-Head Record: India have won all their games played against Afghanistan played in the 50-over format.
MATCH WIN BY INDIA
BET FULL ON SOUTH AFRICA SURE AND CONFRIM MATCH
Lokesh Rahul will get more opportunities to express himself at the top off the innings. Dhawan has been ruled out of the competition. Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik might also get a game against Afghanistan. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been bankable performers for the side in this World Cup. Rohit is currently the leading run-scorer for India with 319 runs in 3 matches at an average of 159.50. He will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in this game as well.
Hardik Pandya has also done a splendid job with the bat and ball in this World Cup. He certainly a player who can change the complexion of the game in a space of few overs. Kedar Jadhav also is a utility player that can provide value with bat and ball.
Jaspreet Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal will be three prominent options for the side for this game. Mohammad Shami will replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar for this game.
The side will be relying on their experienced players like Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Rahmat Shah to produce the bulk of the runs with the bat. Asghar Afghan also needs to deliver runs with the bat. Mohammad Shahzad has been sent back after a dispute with selection committee. Behind the scenes, the team management and players are not in good space.
Rashid Khan will be keen to make a strong comeback against India. Leg-spinner conceded more than 100 runs from his nine overs against England at Manchester. The pitch at The Rose Bowl will certainly offer him more assistance so expect a good game for him.
Mujeeb ur Rahman came into the side and bowled excellent spell against England. He certainly troubled the English batsman in the initial overs of the innings.