India vs Afghanistan, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 - Live Score, Match 9

In the latest cricket clash, Jasprit Bumrah strikes early for India against Afghanistan. Opener Ibrahim Zadran departs, caught behind as the ball nips away slightly, and India loses their review after a failed LBW appeal. The ball tracking shows it would have missed the leg-stump. Bumrah is wielding the new ball with Rahmanullah Gurbaz on strike.

As the national anthems conclude, let’s examine the playing XIs

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi(c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

In a surprising turn of events, Afghanistan wins the toss and elects to bat first, despite the dew factor. Rohit Sharma states he would’ve chosen to chase in any case. Shardul Thakur replaces Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian lineup, while Afghanistan sticks with their unchanged squad.

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In this contest at Delhi, where Afghanistan has a history of playing more cricket than India in recent years, they hope to offer a strong challenge. While Afghanistan hasn’t yet shone in the ODI World Cups, they have the potential to test their opponents. The heat in Delhi could be a significant factor, making conditions challenging for both teams.

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s star spinner, poses a constant threat, and Naveen-ul-Haq needs to adapt to the challenging conditions, especially on Virat Kohli’s home ground. Afghanistan, without the baggage of the 2019 World Cup, where they failed to secure a single win, is well-placed to push India to their limits, as demonstrated in the previous World Cup. Mohammed Shami’s memorable hat-trick saved India from an upset in that match.

In this high-stakes encounter, the stage is set for an intense battle between two cricketing nations, each with its unique strengths and aspirations.


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