The Indian team have suffered atrocious defeats in their first two Super 4 games in the ongoing Asian Cup tournament. The side that were tagged as potential champions are now ruled out of the final race following Pakistan’s one-wicket win over Afghanistan on Wednesday. The team led by Rohit Sharma will be looking to pull out all the stops against Afghanistan in their final encounter of the Super 4 stage to return home with a morale-boosting performance. The match, which will take place on Thursday, September 8, will take place at the Dubai International Stadium.
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Dubai’s curse on teams to strike first continued as India lost their second game in a row, with the chase teams grabbing the target with just one ball to spare. The Men in Blue weren’t mathematically out of the competition heading into Wednesday’s Super Four match, but with Pakistan’s victory in the final over their hopes were dashed.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan will be desperate to win after a heartbreaking loss to Pakistan. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be crucial in tackling a stacked Indian batting unit. Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran and Rahmanullah Gurbaz were excellent at bat and will look to punish a depleted Indian bowling attack on Thursday.
India will face Afghanistan at the Dubai International Stadium on September 8, Thursday. The temperature will drop to around 30 degrees Celsius at night in Dubai. There is no rainfall forecast throughout the game. Humidity will be around 39% and wind speed should be around 17 km/h.
India’s last two games at the Dubai Stadium have been high-scoring, with the pitches helping the batters. The pace and rebound were consistent and the hitters had value for their shots. There isn’t much rotation offer for the spinners but on the sticky surface it’s hard to score against them. The games in the tournament itself proved that the chasing teams had a significant advantage in Dubai. Therefore, the captain who wins the toss can choose to play first.
India (IND) vs Afghanistan (AFG) Possible Eleven
Planned composition for India: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
Planned line-up for Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanaullh Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (C), Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Shinwari, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb, Fazallhaq Farooqi
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