India vs Afghanistan, T20 World Cup 2024: IND vs AFG Live Streaming, pitch report

India vs Afghanistan t20 world cup

India Looks to Bounce Back Against Spirited Afghanistan in T20 World Cup Super Eights!

India vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup

The stage is set for a high-voltage clash in the T20 World Cup Super Eights as India, one of the tournament favorites, takes on a resurgent Afghanistan on June 20th in Barbados. All eyes will be on the form of India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who are looking to rediscover their touch after a challenging stint in the USA leg.

Virat Kohli form T20 World Cup

The pitches in New York proved to be a graveyard for batsmen, with seam bowlers exploiting the conditions. While Kohli managed a solitary half-century, his recent string of low scores (0, 4, 1) has raised concerns. However, batting coach Vikram Rathour remains confident, highlighting Kohli’s strong IPL form and attributing his dip to a few dismissals.

Focused Practice Sessions and Looming Decisions

Both Rohit and Kohli have been putting in the hard yards during optional practice sessions, specifically focusing on tackling the threat posed by Afghanistan’s left-arm duo – Noor Ahmad and Fazalhaq Farooqi. Their training sessions included facing deliveries from Kuldeep Yadav and Arshdeep Singh, along with specialized throwdowns.

However, there’s a strategic dilemma brewing for India. Their practice sessions haven’t been solely focused on Afghanistan or their next encounter against Bangladesh. Instead, the team seems to be strategizing for their crucial final Super 8 clash against arch-rivals Australia on June 24th.

A Potential Spin Conundrum

A key decision for India’s captain will be whether to retain the winning lineup from the group stage or integrate Kuldeep Yadav, their most potent spinner in recent times. This inclusion might come at the expense of a specialist pacer, with Mohammed Siraj being the frontrunner to make way.

Afghanistan spin attack T20 World Cup

Regardless of India’s lineup, an exciting contest is on the horizon. While India aims to maintain their winning streak against Afghanistan, the Afghans are no pushovers. Despite their recent loss to the West Indies, their victory over New Zealand is a stark reminder of their ability to upset big teams.

Favorable Pitch Conditions and Head-to-Head Record

The batting surface in Barbados is expected to be a welcome change from the bowler-friendly pitches in New York. Historically, the Kensington Oval has favored pacers, and quicker spinners might also find some assistance. Interestingly, India boasts an unblemished record against Afghanistan in T20Is, having won all seven encounters, including three in the T20 World Cup.

Match Details

Don’t miss this high-octane clash between the Asian giants scheduled for June 20th at 8:00 PM IST. The toss will take place at 7:30 PM IST. Catch the live telecast on the Star Sports Network and live streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar.

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