The much-awaited clash between India and Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 will be played on Thursday. Both the teams have had a forgettable outing in the Super 4 stage so far. While Afghanistan has lost one match in the Super 4 stage, India has lost two matches. The all-important clash will be played in Dubai starting at 7:30 PM.
India has been almost knocked out of the Asia Cup after their humiliating defeat to Sri Lanka last night. The Indian team were blown away by a young Sri Lankan side that suddenly gained momentum in the competition. Their hopes of qualifying for the finals now rest on the results of the other matches. If Pakistan manages to beat Afghanistan today, India will be automatically knocked out of the competition.
Probable Playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Afghanistan made a brilliant start to their competition registering consecutive wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in their first two matches. Their magnificent campaign has been put on a break after their loss against Sri Lanka in the Super 4. They will be looking to bring their back on track with a resounding win against India tomorrow.
Probable Playing XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Players to Watch out for
1 Dinesh Karthik – Karthik has been in terrific form of late. Having warmed the bench in the last three matches, the wicketkeeper batter will be raring to go in the match tomorrow.
2 Deepak Chahar – The seamer has been brought into the squad as a replacement for the injured Avesh Khan. He will look to make an impact on the team straight away.
3 Axar Patel – All-rounder has not got an opportunity in the tournament so far. He will be desperate to contribute to the team in the last match.
1 Rahmanullah Gurbaz – The opener played a scintillating knock in the last match against Sri Lanka and will look to emulate a similar knock against India.
2 Najibullah Zadran – The batter played a brilliant knock in the match against Bangladesh. He will once again look to play a blistering knock against India.
3 Mujeeb Ur Rahman – The spinner has been in terrific form of late and will surely give a hard time to Indian batters tomorrow.
Asia Cup 2022, Super four, Match 5, India vs Afghanistan
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date and Time – Thursday, 8th September 2022 7:30 PM(IST)
Live Broadcast and Streaming – Star Sports Network and Disney + Hotstar
Out of the six matches played at the venue so far, only one match has been won by the team batting first. Hence, winning the toss and chasing the target is the way to win matches in Dubai.