Saturday, April 20, 2024

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


Huge image: Remaining T20I essential and irrelevant on the similar time

It is a proud report, and it should imply rather a lot to India’s gamers and training employees, however what does it really imply in an consideration economic system dedicated to the ICC occasion cycle? In a single vocal and hard-to-please nook of social media, Sunday’s series-sealing six-wicket win in opposition to Afghanistan was notable mainly for India’s refusal to bat first after successful the toss. They hadn’t challenged themselves sufficient, and to not problem your self with a T20 World Cup imminent is, effectively, unpardonable.

That T20 World Cup is now much more imminent. The sequence finale in Bengaluru is India’s final T20I earlier than that match. That match, nevertheless, continues to be almost 5 months – and a whole IPL season – away.

Bengaluru, then, occupies a wierd and hard-to-categorise area. It’s each an important sport within the lead-up to a worldwide match and a dead-rubber match far faraway from any occasion of actual significance. Whether it is to imply something in any respect, that that means might solely turn into obvious months from now.

How a lot less complicated it should be, then, to merely play the sport, and actually stay it one ball at a time.

Type information

India WWWLW (final 5 accomplished T20Is, most up-to-date first)
Afghanistan LLWLW

Within the highlight

Axar Patel has had a terrific sequence with the ball, and Washington Sundar a tidy one, and whereas neither has had an opportunity to bat as but, the presence of two spin-bowling allrounders at Nos. 7 and eight enabled India’s high order to bat with freedom within the first two T20Is. Circumstances within the West Indies – and presumably the USA – might permit India to make use of this mixture throughout the T20 World Cup, and the flat pitch and brief boundaries of Bengaluru will give them one other likelihood to pressure-test it.

Afghanistan’s lack of batting firepower has typically stopped them from turning their bowlers’ good work into wins in opposition to high groups. Their hopes of breaking their T20I duck against India might, due to this fact, relaxation on the shoulders of their most harmful top-order batter. Whereas India shackled Rahmanullah Gurbaz efficiently in Mohali, he threatened to interrupt free in Indore, the place he rushed to 14 off eight balls earlier than he mishit Ravi Bishnoi to mid-on. Afghanistan will hope Gurbaz can flip these indicators of rhythm right into a significant contribution.

Crew information

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

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

Pitch and situations

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium is famend for its run-fests, however there are occasions when the venue belies that popularity. The newest T20I right here, a thriller in December, was closely influenced by the spinners, with Bishnoi and Axar combining to take 3 for 43 of their eight overs as India efficiently defended 160 in opposition to Australia.

That match got here shut on the heels of the ODI World Cup, which featured 5 Bengaluru video games. The groundstaff have had loads of time since then to arrange a contemporary pitch for this sport, so extra typical Chinnaswamy situations will be anticipated. There was a beneficiant tinge of inexperienced on the pitch on the eve of the match, although a lot of the grass cowl is prone to be trimmed earlier than the beginning of play.

The forecast guarantees a transparent, nice night with temperatures within the mid-20s Celsius.

Stats and trivia

  • Nabi (98) and Najibullah Zadran (95) are closing in on 100 sixes in T20Is
  • Of India players with at least 200 T20I runs, Rinku Singh (176.07), Yashasvi Jaiswal (163.81) and Shivam Dube (149.45) have three of the 4 greatest strike charges. Suryakumar Yadav (171.55) is the opposite member of the highest 4
  • Quotes

    “Coming to India is fairly powerful, however it offers us a superb base about the place we’re and it exposes you in areas that maybe want enchancment. In order that’s nice for us. Particularly going ahead to the [T20] World Cup and eager to be pretty much as good as we had been within the earlier 50-over World Cup and hopefully we are able to go even higher.”
    Afghanistan coach Jonathan Trott on his expectations from the ultimate T20I

    Karthik Krishnaswamy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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