ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Dominant India aim to pile on the pain against distracted Afghanistan

first_img New Delhi: A dominant win against South Africa. A clinical win against five-time champions Australia. A wash-out against New Zealand and a thrashing of Pakistan which enhanced their World Cup scoreline to 7-0. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team are on top of their game. Such is their depth and their confidence that this team resembles the aura which the dominant Australian cricket team had in the 2003 and 2007 period. The depth was exhibited when KL Rahul stepped up and played a brilliant knock in the high-pressure encounter against Pakistan. In the bowling, despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury, Vijay Shankar stepped up and displayed his mettle.In Bhuvneshwar’s absence, Mohammed Shami will step up and finally get an opportunity. Shami has been in great form and his addition will only boost the powerful Indian team line-up to another level. At the other end of the spectrum is Afghanistan, a team that has massive issues on the field and off it as well. Before the tournament, the appointment of Gulbadin Naib in place of Asghar Afghan had not gone down well with many Afghanistan players. On the field, the batting and bowling have fallen apart.The batting has suffered three major collapses against New Zealand, South Africa and against Sri Lanka. The bowling has lacked spark, with Rashid Khan, considered to their ace going without a wicket for the last couple of games. Rashid’s ineffectiveness and the strained team atmosphere has been detrimental to their World Cup campaign. Before the game against England, reports emerged that members of the Afghanistan squad were involved in a scuffle in a Manchester hotel and that also did not help their cause.Heading into the clash against India, Afghanistan might put up a fight but they face a massive problem on the confidence front.Team combinationsIndia has massive depth and resources. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out for this match, Mohammed Shami will slot in. Vijay Shankar suffered an injury while training but he is fine and is expected to play in this match as he looks for a greater contribution. Should the team decide to rest Vijay Shankar, either Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant might get a look-in.India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahAfghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mujeeb Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali khil(w), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid HassanWho will win?On current form, looking at team morale and current form, India is winning the contest against Afghanistan.Weather and pitchThe build-up to the game has been marred by rain. The weather report for Saturday is sunny with some cloud cover but no threat of rain.StatisticsOn current form, India holds a massive upper hand against an Afghanistan side who are demoralised and unsettled both on the field and off the field.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Southampton and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India and Afghanistan are clashing for the first time in the World Cup.Afghanistan has lost all their five games in the 2019 World Cup so far.India and New Zealand are the only undefeated teams in the 2019 World Cup.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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B&H Cadets at the Tournament of Elite Qualifying Round for European Championship

first_imgThe B&H cadet football representation -“U17” from 24 until 29 March will participate at the tournament of the elite qualifying round for the participation at the European Championship, which will be held in May 2014 in Malta.The tournament will be held in Glasgow, and besides the B&H team and local team of Scotland there will be teams of Belgium and Romania. The winner of the group will participate at the European Championship.The coach Sakib Malkočević at today’s press conference said that he expects maximum efforts from the team and that they will give the best they can.“This team of B&H cadets is one of the most talented teams lately, as the results show. We know from experience that is hard to play for the elite round, because there are no weak teams. We are aware that we have achieved good results but we do not stop here”, said Malkočević.The first game of B&H cadets will take place on 24 March against Scotland, and on 26 against Romania, and the participation at this tournament will end on 29 March with the game against Belgium.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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