The weekend kicks off with ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 favourites, India taking on Afghanistan. Both come into the match on the back of completely contrasting results and a few abandoned games for the latter. So far, India have yet to lose a match, having just one abandoned. Meanwhile Afghanistan is the only team to not register a win yet, and facing India will mean that they have their work cut out again
The two teams have never met on the World Cup stage, though they have met in the Asia Cup twice. The first time, India triumphed, while the second match was drawn
Predicted Playing 11
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah..
Afghanistan: Noor Ali Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Weather and pitch report
The match takes place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Unfortunately, the weather will be an issue as it rained on Thursday. This resulted in India’s training session being cut short. The good news is that clear skies will greet the players and fans on match day.
The Rose Bowl pitch has not been particularly kind to batsmen, though the England-West Indies match begs to differ. With clear skies, the surface will benefit the batsmen and it might even turn a bit later in the day.
Prediction for match result
The pressure is on the Afghans to finally register a win and get some points on the board. So far, they have endured a miserable campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, losing every match.
India, on the other hand, have been in fine form, not losing a single match even though they are a game behind everyone else.
In conclusion, this India vs Afghanistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game should go in India’s favour. Afghanistan on the other have to get their season in gear, as they desperately need a win.