India vs Afghanistan, Match 28 Prediction2019-06-23
Hampshire Bowl, Southampton
Man of the Match: JJ Bumrah
?India has seven points from four games. India won three games, while one game against New Zealand ended in a washout.
?On the contrary, Afghanistan lost all their 5 matches played in 2019 world cup. They are sitting at the bottom of the points table.
?Rohit Sharma scored two century in India’s three completed games in 2019 world cup.
?India’s Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are currently number one ranked batsman and bowler in ICC ODI ranking.
India to win this match.
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In the 28th match of the ICC World Cup, 2019 dominant Indian team will face a minnow Afghanistan cricket team at Hampshire Bowl, Southampton on Saturday. India has been a dominant force in the tournament. Skipper Virat Kohli and co would be very content and high on confidence following their comprehensive win versus arch-rival Pakistan in last game, by thumping 89 runs (D/L). Rohit Sharma's excellent world cup and ODI form continue as he scored his second hundreds of 2019 world cup against Pakistan. He was awarded man of the match for his blistering knock of 140 runs. While Rohit continued his stellar run with the bat, captain Kohli proved instrumental again with another maverick inning that guided India record their highest total against arch-rivals Pakistan. Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was India’s best bowler against Pakistan. He scalped two set batsmen in his successive over and end Pakistan hopes to win the match. Men in blue would be eying for their fourth win against Afghanistan and get closer to a semi-final berth.
On the other hand, Afghanistan lost all five of their previous fixture in 2019 world cup till now to South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and England respectively. They have been decimated by host nation England in the previous match by a massive margin of 150 runs. They are really struggling to fight against top teams in the tournament. Their batsmen did not show the temperament to set up a decent total and neither opponent batsmen faced any resistance from Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, and Mohamed Nabi. Their star players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have also struggled in English conditions as the opposing teams have been able to get through their overs without much trouble. Hashtmatullah Shahidi showed a lot of fight for his fifty in last game but there was no support from another end. Skipper Gulbadin Naib and co would be hoping to put up a more intense fight against the formidable Indian team. Though Afghanistan is out of the qualification race, they would be hoping to get some points under their belt in 2019 world cup.
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Rohit Sharma has scored 319 runs in three games at an average of 159.50 in the 2019 world cup. K L Rahul opened the inning first time in the world cup and played gritty knock of 57 in the last game. He along with Rohit Sharma gave the team a solid foundation with the partnership of 136 runs for the first wicket. Indian openers would be looking to carry on the momentum. Skipper Kohli and Rohit Sharma, ICC ODI top two ranked batsmen has been the biggest threat to Afghanistan bowling.
All-rounder, Hardik Pandya, and Vijay Shankar were also impressive in the previous game, both picked two wickets and also scored crucial runs in the first inning. They possess great ‘three-dimensional' ability.
India suffered a jolt in the last game as opening bowler Bhuvneshvar Kumar, who left the field during the team's win over Pakistan, has been ruled out of their next two/three matches, due to a hamstring injury. Mohammed Shami is likely to replace him in the bowling unit. He along with Jasprit Bumrah will lead the bowling attack. The spinning duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal can put a lid on the runs and also provide an important breakthrough in the middle overs.
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shnakar MS Dhoni (wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra chahal
Playing in their second World Cup, Afghanistan will be eager to post their first win in the ongoing 50-over showpiece. ICC third-ranked ODI bowler Rashid Khan is having below average world cup so far, he hasn’t been able to produce any match-winning spell. In fact, he conceded the worst figure of world cup history. He smashed for 110 runs in his nine overs spell without a wicket versus England. He would be eying for his best spell of the tournament against India. Afghanistan is relying heavily on their key player – Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi and Hashmatullah Shahidi. They are the match winners who can turn the game on their own and prove pivotal to their team's fortunes.
Mohammad Nabi is undoubtedly one of the best all-rounder’s in the world at the moment. With 2629 runs and 122 wickets to his name in 117 ODI matches. However, he picked only four wickets in one game against Sri Lanka and was wickless in the other four games. His good form is very pivotal for Afghanistan success against India.
Pace bowling unit will be led by skipper Gulbadin Naib and Dwalat Zadran. Both picked three wickets in the last game versus England. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are the quality spinner in Afghanistan side.
Ikram Ali Khil, Aftab Alam, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmat Shah
Gulbadin Naib (c), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman,Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Dwalat Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Najibullah Zadran
According to the AccuWeather, weather in Southampton on Saturday is very promising. It's mostly sunny throughout the day. There is no hint for the rainfall during the course of the game, so the full game is expected.
Hampshire Bowl, Southampton is traditionally a very high scoring venue. Since Jan 2000, highest score at this venue is 373, while the average is 285. Also considering the weather condition, the pitch will be in favour of a batsman. Out of the last 24 completed ODIs at the venue, 13 matches went in favour of the team, batting first. So both the team would be looking to bat first and put massive first inning score on board.
We expect the team winning toss will definitely wish to bat first at this venue.
This will be India's second match in Southampton, following their tournament opener against South Africa which they won by six wickets. The Indian side is externally balanced and consistent in all aspects of the game. They got firepower and many star performers in the side. India is currently ranked second in ICC ODI ranking, while Afghanistan ranked tenth. Afghanistan got a good quality spinner and all-rounders in the side; however, their form in the tournament is not great. They are struggling to bat full 50 overs in the tournament; out of five games, they played full 50 overs in one match against England. Hence, Men in Blue will be overwhelming favourites when the two teams meet on Saturday. Afghanistan will need to play out of their skin to win this contest. We predict India will easily win this match based on the recent performances.
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