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INDIA INNINGS

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stroll out to open for India.

2:55 pm The groups have lined up for National Anthems.

PLAYING XIs

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

CAPTAIN TALK

NAIB: Wanted to bat first. It's might be an extended day, looking ahead to the top of the day. Noor Ali not taking part in, Hazrat within the facet. Dawlat also not taking part in, Aftab within the facet. Happy with batting performance towards England, taking part in the fifty overs.

KOHLI: Going to bat first. Looks like a really just right wicket. Nice and hard. Beautiful day to play cricket. One pressured exchange. Bhuvi out and Shami in. Vijay confirmed numerous composure within the last game. Brings balance with bat and ball and he is just right as someone in the world within the field. Whether we are taking part in a workforce which could be very robust or a workforce arising the ranks, our mindset is similar. Can't take Afghanistan evenly. Dangerous facet after they get within the groove. Can't take any workforce evenly within the World Cup. Focus is inside of our group, what we need to do.

TOSS NEWS: Virat Kohli wins the toss and India make a decision to bat. Shami is available in to exchange Bhuvi. Vijay Shankar is are compatible and remains within the taking part in XI. No room for Rishabh Pant.



Hello and welcome to Timesofindia.com's protection of the ICC World Cup, and it is time for Southampton's Rose Bowl stadium to bathe in blue as India take on Afghanistan.



A lot has took place since India's last tournament towards Pakistan. Shikhar Dhawan has flown again home with a fractured thumb, Rishabh Pant has joined the squad as Dhawan's alternative and Vijay Shankar had his toe crushed by a Bumrah yorker within the nets.

The BIG QUESTION



Without much ado then, speaking about all that, the underwhelming Afghans and what to expect is our MATCH PREVIEW.

After days and days of dark clouds and regular drizzle, sunshine in the end made its presence felt on this part of the sector. Friday was shiny and sunny, virtually through the day. Even the seagulls got here flying and rotated the Hampshire Bowl, as if to have a good time the splendour of daylight.

How the Indian workforce will have to have liked the sight of it. With their World Cup game towards Afghanistan arising here on Saturday, it was crucial for the weather to support so that the game could be staged.

India aren't only looking at the two points from this game, but in addition an important improvement within the net run rate with a watch on the semifinal qualification order. The met forecast for game-day is just right and a complete contest must ensue. The floor, even though, was still wet and needed some more drying up for it to be risk-free for the avid gamers.



While there was some suspense over Vijay Shankar's health, he gave the look to be match-ready after going thru a health test on Friday. Shankar mentioned he was feeling significantly better. Asked if he would be capable of play on Saturday, the allrounder mentioned, "Yes, hopefully." Shankar was hit on his toe by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker at the nets on Wednesday.

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

To make it worse, the hammering Eoin Morgan gave the Afghanistan bowlers in their last game at Old Trafford would have depleted their morale even additional. Their poster boy and major strike weapon, Rashid Khan, was clobbered for 110 runs off his 9 overs, the worst-ever bowling performance within the World Cup.



But cricket may also be slippery industry and a workforce has to protect towards complacency. The just right factor with this India facet is that it's a process-driven skilled unit, very centered on the activity. It seems highly unlikely that it is going to allow Afghanistan any elbow room.

To support the run rate, it is higher to bat first and put up an enormous general on the board. However, run making has not been easy 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 brand new ball communicate, and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was incisive. A humongous general - 350 or past - will not be imaginable here.




The turn facet is that Afghanistan batsmen should face tricky questions of different hues and dimensions, such is the variety within the Indian assault. It might be fascinating to look how Rashid comes again after the England nightmare. His captain Gulbadin Naib feels that he's going to 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 arduous at Afghanistan. Can Afghanistan repel the rate? Can they have one just right day at the World Cup? Seems unlikely but hope floats eternal.


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