India will lock horns with Afghanistan in an Asian derby at the Ageas Bowl in the game number 28 of the ICC Cricket World Cup. The last time Afghanistan collided with India in an ODI was in the Asia Cup last year. The young Afghan team managed to tie the match against a depleted Indian team.
However, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two men who missed the Asia Cup match will be playing in the World Cup match which means the chances of India winning the match are very high.
So, will India crush Afghanistan just like England or will the Blue Tigers spring a surprise? Here is today's match prediction:
India had played its first match of Cricket World Cup 2019 here at Southampton, and the Men in Blue won the match comfortably while chasing. So, if India wins the toss, they will like to have a bowl first. In case Afghanistan bats first, 250-260 will be the score to reach for the Blue Tigers.
But, given that the Indian bowling attack will be at its full strength, the chances of the Afghans posting a total in excess of 200 are very low. Even in their last match, Afghanistan could score only 247 on a batting paradise against England. India's bowlers have been the reason behind the team's success. The trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have been amongst the wickets.
If the Afghan batsmen have their best day with the bat, then they can set a target of 250 for India, which will easily be chased down by the Indian batsmen.
Considering the second scenario now, if Afghanistan bowls first, then we can expect some firecrackers at Southampton as Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya will look to take India's total near 400. England missed it by 3 runs, but India can score a 400+ score here.
The result will still be the same as in the first case. India are the overwhelming favourites to win this match and head into their match against England with full momentum.
Today's Match Prediction - India wins.
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