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After tough four games, India take on minnows Afghanistan


SOUTHAMPTON: After days and days of darkish clouds and common drizzle, sunshine after all made its presence felt on this part of the world. Friday was once shiny and sunny, almost in the course of the day. Even the seagulls got here flying and rotated the Hampshire Bowl, as though to rejoice the splendour of daylight.

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How the Indian workforce will have to have loved the sight of it. With their World Cup sport towards Afghanistan coming up here on Saturday, it was once crucial for the elements to make stronger so that the sport could be staged.


India don't seem to be most effective looking at the two issues from this sport, but in addition an important growth within the net run fee with an eye fixed at the semifinal qualification order. The met forecast for game-day is just right and a complete contest should ensue. The ground, despite the fact that, was once still rainy and needed some more drying up for it to be risk-free for the players.

While there was once some suspense over Vijay Shankar's fitness, he looked to be match-ready after going through a fitness test on Friday. Shankar mentioned he was once feeling a lot better. Asked if he would be capable to play on Saturday, the allrounder mentioned, "Yes, hopefully." Shankar was once hit on his toe through a Jasprit Bumrah yorker at the nets on Wednesday.


India are set to box paceman Mohammed Shami in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who's nursing a hamstring niggle. It's difficult to look how and the place Afghanistan can harm India. It's a match-up between probably the most highest groups within the pageant towards the weakest one.

To make it worse, the hammering Eoin Morgan gave the Afghanistan bowlers in their final sport at Old Trafford would have depleted their morale even further. Their poster boy and major strike weapon, Rashid Khan, was once clobbered for 110 runs off his nine overs, the worst-ever bowling performance within the World Cup.

But cricket can be slippery trade and a workforce has to guard towards complacency. The just right thing with this India side is that it's a process-driven professional unit, very focused at the task. It turns out highly unlikely that it's going to permit Afghanistan any elbow room.

To make stronger the run fee, it is higher to bat first and submit a huge general at the board. However, run making has not been simple at the Hampshire Bowl.



The Indian bowlers had South Africa tied in knots here in their World Cup opener. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar had made the new ball talk, and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was once incisive. A humongous general - 350 or past - may not be conceivable here.


The flip side is that Afghanistan batsmen will have to face tough questions of different hues and dimensions, such is the variety within the Indian attack. It will probably be fascinating to look how Rashid comes back after the England nightmare. His captain Gulbadin Naib feels that he will be all proper. "Any player can have a bad day. But Rashid is strong in the mind and he is a quick learner."


Virat Kohli and Co will come laborious at Afghanistan. Can Afghanistan repel the rate? Can they've one just right day at the World Cup? Seems unlikely however hope floats everlasting.


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