IND vs AFG Match Prediction IND vs AFG Match Prediction ICC WC 2023 Afghanistan

IND vs AFG Match Prediction and Betting Tips, ICC WC 2023: World Cup Fantasy Tips:

Date: October 11, 2023

Time: 14:00 IST

Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Central Delhi, India

After a resounding victory against Australia, the Indian cricket team is all set to take on Afghanistan at the iconic Arun Jaitley Stadium on October 11, 2023, starting at 2 PM. With cricket fever reaching its zenith, let’s delve into the statistics, key players, and the overall outlook of this thrilling encounter.

Recent Performances

India commenced their World Cup 2023 journey with a memorable win against Australia. The Indian spinners played a pivotal role, dismantling the Australian middle order and restricting them to a modest total of 199 runs. Ravindra Jadeja, in particular, delivered a stellar performance with seven wickets in two games, boasting an impressive economy rate of 3.80 against Afghanistan. Despite losing their openers without a run on the board, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul stepped up with remarkable half-centuries, securing a convincing six-wicket victory for India.

On the other hand, Afghanistan faced a setback in their opening game against Bangladesh, losing by six wickets. Their batting struggled to cope with the Bangladeshi spinners, resulting in a paltry total of 156 runs. While Afghanistan’s bowlers created early problems for the opposition, they couldn’t replicate their success in the spin department.

Head-to-Head Record

India and Afghanistan last clashed in an ODI during the ICC World Cup 2019. In a thrilling encounter, Afghanistan came close to ending India’s unbeaten streak in the World Cup, restricting them to 224 runs in 50 overs. Mohammad Shami emerged as the hero for India, taking a hat-trick when they needed 12 runs off the last five balls, securing an 11-run victory. In their three ODIs, India holds a 2-0 lead over Afghanistan, with one match ending in a tie. Notably, Mohammad Shahzad’s century (124) in that tied game remains the sole century scored between these two teams.

India Preview:

India’s strategic decision to bench Mohammad Shami in favor of three spinners paid off handsomely against Australia. Ravindra Jadeja, with his three wickets for 28 runs, emerged as a standout performer. The pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj will continue to lead the fast-bowling attack.

While Ishan Kishan replaced the injured Shubman Gill, Gill’s potential return promises to bolster the Indian batting lineup significantly. Virat Kohli’s sublime form, demonstrated by his brilliant knock of 85 in a high-pressure situation, makes him the player to watch. KL Rahul’s outstanding year in ODIs, averaging 117 in the last four games, adds depth to the batting. All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja will pose a threat to Afghanistan’s bowling unit.

India Predicted Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Afghanistan Preview:

Afghanistan’s batting lineup faces a challenge in handling spinners, a concern that has plagued them for over two years. The form of Rashid Khan, both as a bowler and captain, is a major headache for Jonathan Trott as he strives to strike the right balance.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran will open the innings, having posted a partnership of 47 runs in the first game. Gurbaz’s impressive record with 423 runs in 12 games at an average of 35.25 makes him a vital player. Ibrahim Zadran, the leading run-scorer for Afghanistan this year, boasts an average above 45.

The middle-order batsmen, including skipper Hasmatullah Shahidi, need to step up, especially against India. Mohammad Nabi’s experience as a key batter and bowler will be crucial for Afghanistan’s chances.

The form of Rashid Khan, with just nine wickets in his last nine ODIs and a higher economy rate, needs improvement. Fazalhaq Farooqi, with 16 wickets in 12 games, will be a bowler to watch out for. Afghan bowlers have shown resilience against India, taking 18 wickets in their last two ODIs, resulting in a tie and a narrow 11-run loss.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omarzai, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Pitch and Weather Conditions

The Arun Jaitley Stadium, known for its batsman-friendly nature, offers good bounce and carries well to the boundary. Spinners can also find assistance as the match progresses, with the pitch tending to wear and crack. Weather-wise, it’s expected to be a sunny day with temperatures ranging from 23 to 35 degrees Celsius. The wind will be blowing from the west at 9-11 km/h.

Venue Details

Arun Jaitley Stadium, with a capacity of 48,000 spectators, has witnessed numerous memorable cricketing moments. In 2014, South Africa recorded both the highest (428) and lowest (99) totals on this ground during the same World Cup.

Toss: To Bat

In the previous 29 ODIs at this venue, teams have enjoyed nearly equal success when chasing or defending the target. However, in the last six games, teams defending the target have prevailed on five occasions. The average first innings score in these matches was 291, indicating a preference for batting first.

India vs Afghanistan Match Prediction

India, the favorite to clinch the World Cup, boasts a formidable batting lineup and a dominant track record at home. With an unbeaten record against Afghanistan, they enter this match with confidence. Afghanistan, on the other hand, has struggled in ICC ODI World Cup games, winning only one out of 16 encounters. The statistics seem to favor India, but cricket is a game of uncertainties. It’s worth noting that India has lost two of its last three games at Delhi, which could provide a glimmer of hope for Afghanistan.

Despite the odds, our prediction leans heavily in favor of India emerging victorious in this thrilling clash against Afghanistan.