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Toss Winner - Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bowl first
India beat Afghanistan by 101 runs
India’s quest to finish the campaign with a consolatory win
India to win
Tournament: Asia Cup 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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It will be a dead rubber for the Indians as they take on Afghanistan in the 5th game of the Super Four in Asia Cup 2022. Indians are out of contention for a place in the final after their loss against Sri Lanka in the last game and they would look for a face-saving win in the contest. Afghanistan suffered a heartbreaking loss against Pakistan, and they too would like to go home with a win.
Afghanistan has never defeated India in any format of the game, and this is likely to play on their minds. Their batsmen have had a poor scoring rate for most of the season and the side can least afford that here. The Indians would have high stakes in the contest with their honor in the line and we expect them to fight it hard in the middle.
It was the second major blow in the tournament for Rohit Sharma’s side as they went down against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. The script was almost the same for them against Sri Lanka as it was against Pakistan. Poor bowling again let the side down to a 6-wicket loss. With their fate already sealed the side would like to finish on a high with a win in the last game.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have done well, and the side would need a good show from the pair in this game. Suryakumar Yadav must score quick runs in the middle order with Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. Rishabh Pant must show more maturity and add runs down the order with Deepak Hooda and Ravichandran Ashwin as the team hasn’t done well in the death overs.
It will be an acid test for the bowlers and the side would need good spells from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh with the new ball. Hardik Pandya has been doing well and he will need to bowl tight spells with Yuzvendra Chahal. Ashwin did bowl well in the last game and the team would like him to bring his experience into play here.
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel
Mohammad Nabi would be upset with the result in the last game. They had pushed the Pakistanis into a corner only to end up losing by 1 wicket. They made the small score a mountain to climb for their opponents but lost nerves in the final over of the game. This loss has pushed them out of contention for a place in the next round. Nabi would like to win this game and go home with something to cheer for.
Openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Hazratullah Zazai must add quick runs at the top as their strike rate has been a concern. Ibrahim Zadran also needs to push the scoring rate in the middle overs with Najibullah Zadran and Karim Janat. The side would also like to see big hits from the bats of Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, and Rashid Khan as the top order has struggled.
On the bowling front, it was a brave display by the side in the last game and they would look for tight spells from Mujeeb ur Rahman Fazalhaq Farooqi. Rashid Khan has bowled against this line-up, and he will have a crucial role to play in the middle overs. Fareed Ahmad Malik, Nabi, and Azmatullah Omarzai must do well in the supporting role.
Mohammad Nabi (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
It would be a hot and humid evening in Dubai on September 8. The wicket has been a belter where lots of runs have been scored in the season. Spinners have done well in recent games. The side batting first in the game would need 180 runs on the board to feel confident in this game.
Dubai International Cricket Stadium is one of the best surfaces in the world for batsmen. Big scores have been made here as the ball comes to the bat nicely. Fast bowlers have found this track extremely difficult to bowl on. It is a good venue for the spinners as the ball turns sharply.
There isn’t any confusion at the toss here. It is one of the toughest venues in the world to defend a total. Sides have hardly won games here batting first as we have seen big run chases in the past. Hence, the side winning the toss here would have no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Afghanistan would face a massive challenge in this game as it would be taking on a side that has its pride at stake. Their poor record against India would be on their minds and the side would like to see a good show from its batting line-up. Despite their losses, the Indians have done well with the bat. The side would like to see a better show from its bowlers. Based on team strength Indians would start as favorites in this game.
India to win
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