The semifinal hopes of Team India are almost shattered after two back-to-back humiliating losses against Pakistan and New Zealand. India can still qualify for the semis but for that, it needs to win all its remaining three games with huge margins and also pray for the other results to come in its way. Virat Kohli and Co. will face Afghanistan later tonight in Abu Dhabi in their third league game.
Afghanistan is in a better position on the points table, compared to India. It won two of the three games it has played in the league stage. Its victories against Scotland and Namibia were so big that its Net Run Rate is above 3 now. Afghans lost against Pakistan but they didn’t lose it badly. They gave a tough fight till the end. Thus, it will not be an easy task for Team India to beat Afghanistan in this game.
Moreover, Afghan’s spin-duo Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman are in red-hot form. Rashid has a better record over Indian batters and we have to see how they tackle him tonight. On the flip side, the Indian team has been putting up a disappointing show on both batting and bowling fronts.
It is high time for our batters to step up and go all guns blazing in this game. Indian needs to win the game with a high margin to keep its hopes alive. The match starts at 07:30 PM IST.