Pre-Match Report: India vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I , playing XI , India Opts to Bowl , afghanistan will post strong total ?

Series: Afghanistan tour of India, 2024
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date & Time: Jan 14

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India Opts to Bowl in the 2nd T20I Clash Against Afghanistan

In the highly anticipated 2nd T20I of the Afghanistan tour of India, the stage is set at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. India, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, has won the toss and elected to bowl in what promises to be a thrilling encounter against Afghanistan.

India vs Afghanistan , 2nd Playing XIs:

Afghanistan (Playing XI):

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (w)
  • Ibrahim Zadran (c)
  • Azmatullah Omarzai
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Karim Janat
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Noor Ahmad
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Naveen-ul-Haq
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman

India (Playing XI):

  • Rohit Sharma (c)
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • Virat Kohli
  • Shivam Dube
  • Jitesh Sharma (w)
  • Rinku Singh
  • Axar Patel
  • Washington Sundar
  • Ravi Bishnoi
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Mukesh Kumar

Pitch and Conditions:

Holkar Cricket Stadium, known for its smaller boundaries, traditionally favors high scores. The pitch is expected to be flat, offering a paradise for batsmen. Nick Knight and Deep Dasgupta, the commentators, predict minimal movement for the ball, especially after the initial overs. The hard cracks on the pitch might assist a bit of movement early on. Dew is anticipated to play a role in the second innings, making the toss crucial. Both teams will be eyeing an advantage by choosing to bat or bowl based on the conditions.

Captains’ Comments:

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Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan): “We will try to bat well today and put runs on the board. Again lost the toss, and I would have wanted to bowl first. We spoke about the first game and worked in the net session yesterday. We did not have a good start with the bat in the last game; we spoke, and hopefully, we can give a good start today. Rahmat is not playing. Noor Ahmad is playing.”

Rohit Sharma (India): “We are gonna bowl first. No particular reason. Just the nature of the ground, especially the small boundaries. The things we were talking about in our meeting, we were able to come out and execute that in the first game. We asked specific roles from the guys, and they performed accordingly. Not much; they don’t have any baggage, and it is all about backing them, allowing them to be free on the ground. We will do things keeping the WC in mind, but we know results are also important. Kohli and Jaiswal back for Gill and Tilak.”

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With both teams looking to gain an upper hand, cricket enthusiasts can anticipate an enthralling contest as the T20 action unfolds at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.

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