India vs Afghanistan: A fierce battle between World Class Indian team & High Spirited Afghanistan Clan!
T20 World Cup 2021, IND vs AFG: Mohammed Nabi & Co will be over Cloud 9 after registering a high run rate victory over Scotland in their T20 World Cup campaign opener match. However, they suffered a massive five wickets loss at the hands of dominant Pakistan’s squad in their second match of the tournament. An all-around performance by Pakistan’s squad helped to beat Afghanistan who is currently placed second on the Points Table after winning two out of three matches.
Boasting of ferocious hitters & vicious spinners Afghanistan will never be short of confidence heading into one of the hottest clashes of the T20 World Cup 2021 against India.
After winning their two warm-up matches, Afghanistan has shown its extreme dominance in their season-opening match by defeating Scotland by massive 130 runs. After winning the clash with such a mammoth margin, Afghanistan becomes the only team with the highest NRR in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021, i.e. +6.500.
Afghanistan was successful in posting their best total of 190 runs against Scotland, courtesy of the clinical show with the bat produced by their exemplary openers. Both the openers scored 50+ scores in the powerplay & laid the foundation for their dreamy victory against Scotland.
For a twist, Afghanistan’s second match against Pakistan didn’t turn out to be in their favor as the latter suffered an unexpected defeat at the hands of Pakistan. However, they didn’t give up & returned much stronger in their third clash against Namibia. An all-around performance by the Afghan clan helped them to defeat Namibia by massive 62 runs.
Batting first, Afghanistan posted 160-5 on board, courtesy stunning knocks of 33 & 45 produced by Openers Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammad Shahzad. Later their batting masterclass was supported by a lethal bowling attack to keep Namibia away from victory. For Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haq and Hamid Hassan picked 3 wickets each. Gulbadin Naib got 2 wickets while Rashid Khan bagged 1.
Winning three out of two matches, Afghanistan would head into this clash brimming with confidence. Considering Afghanistan’s performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021, they look clear favorites to win this clash against India.
Afghanistan boasts of a strong & stable line-up. Not just their top-order but even their middle-order too looks well settled & can gain momentum for them against India. Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, and skipper Nabi in the middle order can scalp quick runs in the death overs. With such blazing guns in their batting line-up, Afghanistan could easily outclass the Indian squad in the upcoming thrilling fixture.
A bunch of vicious spinners could rattle India’s batting order
The spin trio of Rashid, Nabi, and Mujeeb can trouble the best of batters. In their previous clash against Scotland, Mujeeb-UrRahman returned with stunning figures of 5/20 marking his career-best figures in T20I Cricket. The rest of the job got done by Rashid Khan who took three wickets in the next few overs & rattled Scotland’s middle & lower order. Thus the spin troika of Rashid, Nabi, and Mujeeb will weave a spin web to restrict Indian batters to score big in this high octane clash.
Indian batsmen love to deal with ‘Spin Attacks’
Spinners all-round the globe have found it difficult to tackle with Indian batsmen, this could prove to be a major benefit for the ‘Men in Blue’ marching into the much anticipated India vs Afghanistan clash. The list of averages of spinners against each team reflects how good Indian batsmen are against slow bowling.
Spinners have averaged 44.53 against India since 1990 (both home and away), which is the poorest among all teams while against fast bowling, the overall average of Indian batsmen drops by 10 runs, to 34.37. This indicates that the Indian team enjoys a good average against spin attack as compared to the pace attack.
Though Afghanistan boasts a topspin attack, it could end up as a scoring factor for the Indian team who boasts good records against spinners.
“Men in Blue’ will aim to hoist the Flag of Victory against Afghanistan
The Indian team will head into this zealous clash with just victory in their mind. Team India will have to consider their flaws before heading into this crucial clash as one defeat will kick them out of the tournament. India’s top-order featuring KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli will have to break Afghanistan’s ‘spin web’ to dominate their opponents in their third match of the tournament. If India’s top order succumbed in front of Afghanistan’s lethal spin attack, then returning into the game would become difficult for them.
In the bowling department also, India will have to look beyond the out form Bhuvneshwar Kumar & Hardik Pandya & call for in-form players who can boost their line-up. The inclusion of Shardul Thakur & Ravichandran Ashwin would provide stability & depth to India’s line-up thereby helping them to overshadow Afghanistan’s clan.
The ‘Men in Blue’ would be aiming to strengthen their feet in the title run by winning this match while the Afghan clan would be aiming to continue their winning momentum into this clash.
India & Afghanistan’s Current Stance in the T20 World Cup 2021:
India has displayed one of the worst performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. After suffering two crushing defeats against Pakistan & New Zealand their title run has been derailed. Though their qualification hopes are still alive the performances they have so far displayed that the marquee event is not worth a semi-final spot.
If India wants to qualify for the Semi-0finals then they have to win all their remaining matches against Afghanistan, Namibia, & Scotland & hope that Afghanistan beat New Zealand in their next clash.
On the other hand, Afghanistan has won two out of three matches they have played & is enjoying the second spot in the Group 2 pOints Tbale. They would be aiming to clinch this crucial clash against India & strengthen their feet in the race of Semi-finals.
So this is a do-or-die match for India & if they failed to open their winning account in this clash then they will be directly out of the contention of qualifying for the Semi-finals.
Match: IND vs AFG, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Match 33
Date & Time: 3rd November, 7.30 pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Head to Head Records in T20 World Cups:
Matches Played: 2
Matches won by India: 2
Matches won by Afghanistan: 0
T20 World Cup 2021, IND vs AFG: Predicted Playing XI
Virat Kohli will aim not to repeat previous mistakes in selecting an ideal Playing XI for their encounter against one of the best teams of Cricket Arena.
India might exclude out-form Hardik Pandya & Bhuvneshwar Kumar & would include in form Ishan Kishan & Shardul Thakur in their Playing XI. Though Pandya is declared fit for the upcoming fixtures he might be left out from the Playing XI due to his inability to serve as a bowler. India could go in with three spinners which means that Ravichandran Ashwin could get a place in the Playing XI.
This time India’s face-off is with Afghanistan which enjoys the highest NRR in the T20 World Cup 2021, so the ‘men in Blue’ will make sure to field their best team combination that could stand strong & deliver against Afghanistan.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli ©, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Varun Chakravarthy/Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Nabi will most probably field the same winning XI that clinched their opening clash against Scotland with a massive margin of 130 runs. High-spirited Afghan players would aim to continue their blistering form against one of the World’s best T20 teams, India.
Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Afghanistan would head into this clash riding high on confidence after scripting a historic win in their opening clash against Scotland. Enjoying a stable bowling & batting line-up, Mohammed Nabi & Co are the favorites to register a victory against India in this clash.
At the same time, we can’t overlook the mighty Indian squad which is known for making powerpack come-backs from defeats to victories, thanks to their high intent & determination to win crucial matches. A neck-to-neck competition would be witnessed on the grounds of Dubai, & the team which would deliver their best performance would clinch the much-awaited clash.
Prediction: The team performing well will with this clash.
P.S: Some chants of ‘mantars’ could do wonders for India’s success!
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