After suffering second consecutive defeats in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, the Indian cricket team will lock horns with Afghanistan in a crucial Super 12 Group 2 match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, November 3.
The Virat Kohli-led side suffered an eight-wicket loss to New Zealand on Sunday after being hammered by arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in their opening fixture of the marquee ICC tournament.
The dismal show of the Men in Blue have pushed India below Afghanistan and Namibia on the Group 2 points table. Having yet to register any point on the board, the much-fancied Indian side are currently placed fifth in the six-team group.
Led by openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, the Indian batters have put in disappointing performances in both matches, registering below-par scores of 110 and 151 at the Dubai International Stadium.
India could make a few changes in their playing XI and might bring in Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Chahar in place of Varun Chakravarthy and Mohammed Shami.
On the other hand, the Afghanistan cricket team has been impressive in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup. Led by Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan have already thrashed Scotland and Namibia by 130 runs and 62 runs respectively. They also gave a tough fight to Pakistan before eventually losing the close encounter by five wickets. With four points from three matches, Afghanistan are currently placed second in the points table and will look to stun India in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan will miss the services of their former captain Asghar Afghan, who decided to retire from international cricket and played his last match against Namibia.
India vs Afghanistan head-to-head record in T20 World Cup
India and Afghanistan have faced each other twice in T20 World Cups, with the Men in Blue registering victories in both the matches in 2010 and 2012. While India beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the 2010 edition of the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, they secured a 23-run win over Afghanistan in Colombo in 2012.
India vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 squads
India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Afghanistan squad: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan, Farid Ahmad Malik, Naveen Ul Haq
Where to watch India vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 live in India?
The India vs Afghanistan Super 12 Group 2 match will be telecast live from 7:30 PM IST on Star Sports 1/1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi/1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada and Star Sports 1 Bangla TV channels in India.
Live streaming of the India vs Afghanistan Super 12 Group 2 match will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
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