IND vs AFG Dream11 Prediction
|Match Date:||22nd June, Saturday|
|Match Timing:||3:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||20,000|
|Match Venue:||Rose Bowl Cricket Ground|
The 28th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see India take on Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire, England. Last edition’s semi finalists, India would be in the mood to extend their unbeaten run in the competition, having already won three of their last four contests. Debutants Afghanistan, on the other hand would be playing for pride on the weekend. They would very much be hoping open their account in the competition.
Here is complete IND vs AFG Dream11 Prediction :
|Key Players in form||IND – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli.
AFG – Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi.
|Weather Conditions||19℃, 51% Humidity, 0% Precipitation. Winds up to 13 km/hr. No Rains.|
|Toss Advantage||Traditionally, teams batting first have won 13 times in the 24 ODIs played here. However, in World Cup this year, teams batting second both the games comfortably batting second. So there may not be any significant toss advantage as such.|
|Pitch Conditions||The ground has been a pacer’s paradise with plenty of low scoring games on offer. And it was indeed the case in the last game between England and West Indies, where 10 of the 12 wickets were taken by the pacers.
|Venue Stats||Average Total (WC 2019): 220.5
Last Match: WI 212/10 | 213/2 ENG
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|IND- Shikhar Dhawan got injured in the match against Australia. He has been ruled out for rest of the World Cup. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also injured himself against Pakistan and he may miss the weekend’s match. Moreover, it was widely reported that Vijay Shankar had injured himself in the training. It will be interesting to see whether he features against Afghanistan or not.
AFG– Afghani opener and wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad has been ruled out from the remainder of the 2019 World Cup.
|Head-to-Head (in ODIs)||IND 1-0 AFG (1 Draw)|
|Form||IND – W W W NR W
AFG – L L L L L
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Noor Ali, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil, Dawlat Zadran.
|Impact Player||Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli|
IND vs AFG Dream11 Prediction
Under Virat Kohli, India are looking almost like invincibles. The comfort and confidence with which they are winning games after games shows at the depth of their quality. The batsmen are doing their job with aplomb whereas the bowlers are in their prime form. With the team playing as a unit, it feels as if team India can beat any team in the world at the moment!
However, the Men in Blue are also suffering from probably one of its worst injury crisis. Several of their top line team players out injured. It all started with Shikhar Dhawan, who injured himself in the match against Australia. The opener appreciably hit a match-winning ton despite the injury. However, the injury turned out be of grave nature, meaning Dhawan had to bow out of the competition. Rishabh Pant has been roped in as his replacement.
In the following game against Pakistan, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered an injury while bowling a delivery. It was later reported that the pacer would be missing for the match against Afghanistan. His replacement in the Pakistan match, Vijay Shankar too suffered an injury in the nets. There has been no official word on the two players’ status.
Whatever be the case, the main objective of the team would be to ensure a fast rehabilitation. KL Rahul has been playing well in the opening role. But with Vijay Shankar reportedly injured, the billion dollar question, that has been troubling India for ages, again crops its head: Who plays at No.4?!
What happens now that DHAWAN is ruled out?
Will #TeamIndia have to play PANT at no.4?
What do you think? Waiting for your opinions.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 21, 2019
It will again be a tough call between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, both of whom earlier contested for a place in the 15-man squad. However, this time, many feel that it would the former who could make it to the starting XI. Whether Pant gets his due or does BCCI again backs experience over potential remains to be seen. Nonetheless, the management discover its best starting XI soon with crucial games ahead. This is exactly what makes the Saturday’s contest against Afghanistan so crucial.
Afghanistan too find themselves in an awkward position going into the game against India. Coach Phil Simmons informed via a tweet about chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai’s role in the removal of Asghar Afghan as skipper just before the competition that affected the team’s preparation for the World Cup 2019. The internal politics seems to have taken a toll on the Asian unit’s performances on field.
The team has now lost all the five games this season and it seems unlikely if that can change against India. More or less, the Afghanistan team will be playing for pride on Saturday.
The real question here is not who will win. It is by how much. However injury-stricken the team may be, India are more than capable of taming the Afghanistan team. It’s not that the Afghans are less talented. It’s just that they are meeting the 2011 World Champions at the wrong time. Indian team’s graph of performance has only gone upwards since its first match against South Africa. Even though slightly depleted, defeating team India is still a long, long call for Afghanistan.
Rose Bowl’s pale brown and dry pitch has proved to be a low-scoring surface in World Cup this year. This may be partly due to the fact that the two teams batting first (South Africa and West Indies) had a struggling batting lineup while the opposition’s bowling (India and England) was top-notch. However, this may change if India bat first on Saturday.
On one hand, the in-form Indians have scored 300+ runs in the last two matches this year with at least one batsman hitting a ton. On the other hand you have a Afghanistan bowling attack who have let out a humongous 397 runs against England. In fact, their star bowler – Rashid Khan – set a new ODI record of giving away the most number of runs (109) in an innings.
Thus, the instructions are simple – choose most of the Indian batsmen if India bat first (4-5). If India bat second, choose more Indian bowlers.
IND vs AFG Dream11 Prediction Team 1
MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hashmatullah Shahidi, KL Rahul, Gulbadin Naib, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.
(*If India bat first)
IND vs AFG Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, KL Rahul, Gulbadin Naib, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dawlat Zadran, Kuldeep Yadav.
(*If South Africa bat first)