- Afghanistan have a spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi, that they will rely on.
- India have been undefeated against Afghanistan in three ODI encounters.
Afghanistan and India will lock horns in match no. 9 of the 2023 World Cup at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi on October 11th. India are coming off a six-wicket victory over Australia in the opening game, chasing 200 on the back of Virat Kohli’s 85 and KL Rahul’s 97 not-out. India are favourites to win this match at 1.13
Afghanistan faced Bangladesh in their opening game at Dharamsala, where they ended up losing by six wickets. Batting didn’t click except Rahmanullah Gurbaz (47) and they were bowled out for 156. They will hope for a better display here. Afghanistan have odds of 6.50 to win this match.
The head-to-head record between these two teams is in favour of India. They have met each other in only three ODIs so far, with India winning two games while Afghanistan managed to tie a game in the 2018 Asia Cup.
Arun Jaitley Stadium has hosted 29 ODIs, with the team batting first and second winning 14 games each. However, five of the last six games have been won by the team batting first. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bat first.
India have a considerably stronger side on paper with enormous experience. Considering all the factors, India head into this game as heavy favourites with a win probability of 62%.
The average first innings score at Delhi after 29 ODIs reads 230, with the average for the second innings going down to 207.
Arun Jaitley stadium in Delhi has historically produced slower and gripping pitches, where spinners find a good amount of help. However, the pitch on offer in the South Africa vs Sri Lanka game was very good for batting. The weather in Delhi is expected to be clear and warm on October 11th, with the temperature hovering around 28-36 degree Celsius.
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Rohit Sharma: The Indian skipper fell for a duck in the first game but has overall been in great form this year. He has scored 658 runs in the format this year at 47 average with six fifties and a hundred.
Ibrahim Zadran: The Afghanistan opener has 933 runs to his name after 20 ODIs. He averages 52 at a strike rate of 84 with four centuries. He’s arguably their most solid batter and will be key.
There’s a big gulf in quality between these two sides. India have a strong batting line-up with a pretty good top six even without Shubman Gill, who is recovering from dengue. Their bowling unit is versatile and potent. We predict that India will win the match.
Our pick: Back India at 1.13 to win this one!
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