Date: September 8, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
Standing on the verge of elimination from the Asia Cup 2022, Team India will look to win the game against Afghanistan on September 8 by huge margin in order to keep their hopes alive in the continental tournament. The defending champions suffered back-to-back defeats by Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their first two matches at Super-4 stage.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan will play two consecutive games after losing their first Super-4 stage game against Sri Lanka. Mohammad Nabi-led side remained undefeated in the league stage game but could not replicate the same in their Super-4 opener.
In contrast to league stage performance, Indian bowlers failed to defend 170 plus scores in their first two games at Super-4 stage matches due to which India is clearly losing their relevance in the tournament. Bowling has emerged as a major concern for the defending champions as bowlers have been leaking too many runs in the game.
Be it senior pros like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya or young inclusion in the squad Arshdeep Singh, all of them have failed to pose enough challenge to the opponents. Yuzvendra Chahal's three wicket haul against Sri Lanka was the only noteworthy performance from India bowling department.
Mohammad Nabi-led side have shocked many with their performance in the league stage of the tournament but their bowlers failed to defend 176 against Sri Lanka. Despite two wicket hauls from Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq, Afghanistan bowlers leaked too many runs which costed game to them. Meanwhile in batting, Rahmanullah Gurbaz is among top-four run getters in the tournament with 135 in three matches. Ibrahim Zadran and Hazratullah Zazai are another batter to look out as he has played some significant knock in the tournament for Afghanistan.
Head to Head
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Samiullah Shinwari, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi.
Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ibrahim Zadran, Suryakumar Yadav, Hazratullah Zazai
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Md. Nabi, Rashid Khan
Bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq
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