Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Match Preview – India vs Afghanistan, Afghanistan in India 2023/24, 2nd T20I


Massive image: Virat Kohli returns to T20I motion

For Afghanistan, Rashid Khan has been dominated out of the complete three-match sequence, however they’ll nonetheless be a harmful T20 crew on their day. Six gamers within the XI that performed on Thursday have IPL contracts and virtually all their gamers characteristic in franchise T20 – and T10 – leagues world wide.

Kohli is ready to return for the second T20I in Indore – India’s second final earlier than the T20 World Cup will get underway within the USA and the West Indies in June. He hasn’t scored freely towards spin in T20 cricket – he has the second-lowest strike fee towards spin amongst batters who’ve performed no less than 50 innings within the IPL up to now 5 seasons – so, this might be a great check for him towards Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi. There’s additionally appreciable curiosity round whether or not Rohit can dominate T20I powerplays like he did the ODI powerplays on the World Cup final yr.

The inclusion of Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar has given India six bowling choices and stretches their batting all the way down to No. 8. Dube was dropped for the T20I sequence in South Africa and had beforehand warmed the bench through the residence T20Is towards Australia, however might make a critical case to be picked in India’s T20 World Cup squad as Hardik Pandya’s back-up, particularly if he has a robust IPL season.

Afghanistan bat deeper than India, with Mujeeb 2.0 and Naveen-ul-Haq carded at Nos. 9 and 10, however they’ve some issues on the high. They tried to suit two anchors of their high 4 – captain Ibrahim Zadran proper on the high and debutant Rahmat Shah at No. 4 – however the method did not work. That Afghanistan ultimately reached 158 for five was all the way down to the middle-order muscle of Nabi and Najibullah Zadran. Until they put up an even bigger whole, it is onerous to see them problem India.

India WWLWW (final 5 accomplished T20Is, most up-to-date first)
Afghanistan LWLWW

Within the highlight: Jitesh Sharma and Azmatullah Omarzai

Jitesh Sharma is among the many most explosive finishers within the IPL. He is introduced that energy to T20Is as nicely, having a strike fee of over 150 after six innings. His cameos towards Australia and extra just lately towards Afghanistan at his IPL residence floor in Mohali have seen him edge forward as India’s first-choice keeper-batter for now in T20Is. He has additionally been sharp behind the stumps towards each tempo and spin.
Azmatullah Omarzai poses a twin menace to India along with his big-hitting and skill to swing the ball. Within the first T20I, Omarzai confirmed glimpses of his abilities with the bat at No.3, however Afghanistan want extra from him, and he is able to that. If there’s some early swing on provide on the Holkar Stadium, there is a case for Afghanistan to pair Omarzai up with Fazalhaq Farooqi within the powerplay and maintain Mujeeb again for the center and dying overs.

Group information: Zazai for Rahmat?

Kohli will return for the Indore T20I. If Jaiswal is match, he’ll exchange Shubman Gill on the high. Wristspinner Ravi Bishnoi, who leaked 35 runs in three overs within the first T20I, might make method for Kuldeep Yadav. Sooner or later within the sequence, India may additionally be tempted to check out Avesh Khan rather than a fast or a spinner.

India (possible): 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal/Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Rinku Singh, 6 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav/Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Mukesh Kumar/Avesh Khan

If Hazratullah Zazai is match and out there, Afghanistan might deliver him into the XI rather than Rahmat, who’s extra of an ODI-style batter.

Afghanistan (possible): 1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 2 Hazratullah Zazai/Rahmat Shah, 3 Ibrahim Zadran (capt), 4 Azmatullah Omarzai, 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Najibullah Zadran, 7 Karim Janat, 8 Gulbadin Naib, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Naveen-ul-Haq, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi

Pitch and situations: Indore is filled with runs

A flat, bash-through-the-line Indore pitch, quick outfield and brief boundaries are components for a high-scoring T20I. The final T20I on the venue, in October 2022, produced an combination of 405 runs, with South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw cracking a 48-ball hundred. A transparent, heat day is welcome information for gamers who struggled with the chilly in Mohali.

Stats and trivia: Kohli on the point of one other landmark

“We wish to strive our bowlers in numerous conditions of the sport. Such as you noticed, Washy [Washington] bowled the nineteenth over [in Mohali]. We wish to problem the bowlers within the areas they aren’t used to.”
India captain Rohit Sharma

“The bilateral sequence [against India] is a step in the correct course for our facet. It is a sign of the progress made by the facet.”
Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott

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