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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 28, India vs Afghanistan: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Bhuvneshwar will most likely not play this match.

Hashmatullah Shahidi
Hashmatullah Shahidi. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)

Last time these two teams met in ODIs, India and Afghanistan played out a thrilling tie in the Asia Cup. The newest Asian team was expected to threaten the top sides in this World Cup. But things haven’t panned out accordingly for them in this tournament so far. Also, as they did in the Asia Cup, India are not resting their key players for this encounter.

Afghanistan have already lost five matches and might look to give chances to their benched players for the rest of the matches it seems. For this game, Hazratullah Zazai might be included at Noor Ali Zadran’s expense. They might also be tempted to bring in the experienced Samiullah Shinwari. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not play this match and Mohammed Shami is a like-for-like replacement for the pacer.

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Match Details

The 28th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between India and Afghanistan at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (09:30 AM GMT) (3:00 PM IST).

The game will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming available on Hotstar.


Weather Report

It rained on Thursday in Southampton which also ruined India’s training session. However, things are set to be clear on the match day. The sun will be out for almost the whole duration and the temperature will hover around 18-19 degrees Celsius. There is no chance of rain whatsoever according to AccuWeather.

Pitch Report

The Rose Bowl pitch hasn’t been batting friendly as such so far in this World Cup. Though it looked like that for the game between England and the Windies, the hosts were too good for the opposition with the ball. With the clouds set to be clear, the surface will definitely be pleasant for the batsmen and it might even turn a bit later in the day.

Average first innings score: 243 (Last four completed One-Day matches at the venue (2 World Cup matches and 2 warm-ups)

Record of the chasing teams: Won – 3; Lost – 1


Probable Playing XIs

India

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Bench – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja.

Afghanistan

Noor Ali Zadran/Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Bench – Samiullah Shinwari, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Noor Ali Zadran/Hazratullah Zazai.

Team News

Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a thumb injury.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has tightness in his hamstring and is under observation. He won’t be playing this match based on what skipper Virat Kohli said after the previous game.

Which team is expected to win the match? Read CricTracker’s Match Prediction.


Power Picks

Yuzvendra Chahal in ODIs in 2019:

Matches: 10

Wickets: 22

Average: 23.04

Strike-Rate: 24

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul.

Vice-Captain Options: Hashmatullah Shahidi, Gulbadin Naib, Kuldeep Yadav.


Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Wicket-Keeper – MS Dhoni

Batsmen – Rahmat Shah, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, KL Rahul

All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib

Bowlers – Dawlat Zadran, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav (VC)

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:

Wicket-Keeper – MS Dhoni

Batsmen – Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar

All-Rounders – Gulbadin Naib (VC), Hardik Pandya

Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami.


Expert Advice:

If India bats first, you can make pick Rohit and Kohli as C and VC. India’s top-order is expected to do most of the scoring.

The likes of Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar may get batting opportunity higher in the order if India are chasing a small total.

Kuldeep Yadav can be even considered a captaincy option as Afghanistan batsmen struggled a lot against him in the Asia Cup.

Probable Winners:

India are expected to win the match.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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