The Captain Virat Kohli has as many as five matches lead of them. After winning the last match against Pakistan by 89 runs, India must be flowing confidence. Moreover, because of the next scheduled to against with Afghanistan today in Southampton. The Indians would be typical to the pitch at the Rose Bowl such as they defeat South Africa here by six wickets.
On the other hand, the Afghans are yet to win a match in the tournament and having lost all their five games. Further, some off-field tasks and some controversial exclusion have not helped their cause either. The previous year, Afghanistan tied an ODI against India, and they can take heart from that match.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib (Captain), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
The weather for today does not have any predictions of a downpour. The clouds will be there, while it would not much of a cover by any means. The sun will out almost all part of the day. In the meantime, the temperature will in among 16 and 19 degrees Celsius. The humidity is not high with the figure in the 50s.
The pitch in Southampton has a reasonable one for batting, and with the sun out, bowlers will have to work out of their skins. But the deck has provided speed and bounce to the pacers and hence. It making inroads with the brand new leather becomes that much more critical. Furthermore, the outfit gets batting-friendly such as the match moves on. Therefore, the teams should choose to field first after winning the toss.
India is probably to bring in Mohammed Shami for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The latter won’t be a bit of the match because of a hamstring injury. That he developed in the last game. KL Rahul did a brilliant job against Pakistan. Besides, he opened the batting, and 26-year-old will want to get another reasonable tap under his belt. Captain Kohli and Rohit Sharma are also amongst the runs.
The team Afghanistan may bring in Hazratullah Zazai, who did not play the last match. In that case, the hatchet may come down on Noor Ali Zadran, who gets a previous duck time around. Of course, the Captain Gulbadin encourage himself up to the sequence, and it worked brilliantly for him such as he scored 37 off 28. The skipper also gets three wickets, though they come when the batsmen are looking to go huge in the death overs.