India can be placed in fourth place in the points table of the 2019 World Cup, but it is one of the two teams that have not yet proven the defeat in the mega event. In addition, the side, captained by Virat Kohli, has up to five games ahead. After winning the previous game against Pakistan for 89 races (DLS Method), India must be oozing confidence and is scheduled to face Afghanistan tomorrow in Southampton.
The Indians would be used to the pitch in the Rose Bowl, as they beat South Africa here for six windows. On the other hand, the Afghans have yet to win a game in the championship, having lost all five of their matches. In addition, some off-field activities and some controversial exclusions have not helped their cause either. Last year, Afghanistan tied an ODI against India, and they can cheer on that game.
The weather for tomorrow has no forecast of rain. The clouds will be there, but in no way will it be a concern. The sun will come out most of the day. The temperature will be between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius. The humidity will not be high with the numbers in the 50s.
The playing field in Southampton has been decent to hit and with the sun out, the bowlers will have to work out of their skins. But the deck has offered rhythm and bounce to pacemakers and, therefore, make progress with the new leather becomes much more important. The band becomes easier to hit as the game progresses and, therefore, the teams must choose to play first after winning the draw.
India is likely to bring Mohammed Shami to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The latter will not be part of the game due to a hamstring injury, which developed in the previous match. KL Rahul did an excellent job against Pakistan, opening the batting and the 26 year old player will want to get another decent hit under his belt. Captain Kohli and Rohit Sharma are also among the races.
Hardik Pandya can be promoted again if the Men in Blue get off an aviator. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav will also have a role to play, the team will want them to have an opportunity and have some runs under the belt. Vijay Shankar was hit on the toe during the network session, but is expected to be fit. Kuldeep Yadav regained his pace in the previous match and his role will be extremely crucial. Jasprit Bumrah has also been collecting land.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Afghans can bring Hazratullah Zazai, who did not play the last game. In that case, the ax may fall on Noor Ali Zadran, who received a duck the last time. Captain Gulbadin took over the order and it worked well for him when he scored 37 of 28. The captain also received three windows, although they arrived when the batters sought to go big in the killings.
After some failures, Rahmat Shah got into the races. Hashmatullah Shahidi has been the best hitter of the Afghans, with a score of 165 in half a century. Mujeeb Ur Rahman did not get a window against the British, but his accuracy did not allow the batters to escape. Rashid Khan would be willing to park out of the disappointment of the last game and take out all guns.
Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (week), Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Probable Top Performer
KL Rahul – India | Rahmat Shah – Afghanistan
India vs Afghanistan Live Streaming Detail
TV – Star Sports
Match times – 3:00 pm IST; 10:30 local
India to win the game.