India vs Afghanistan Only test Match Preview
This is it for Afghanistan. Their ten-year journey since beating Jersey in the WCL Division Five final has been studded with miracles and pinnacles: they’ve been in multiple world tournaments, completed historic victories, created potential icons of the game, and will probably have the the largest, most diverse fan base a team has ever had on Test debut. Not bad for a team that consists of players who used broken helicopters as dressing rooms not long ago.
But perhaps their biggest achievement is that not even the No. 1 Test team, playing at home, will take the newcomers lightly.
Afghanistan have won more than they’ve lost in India. In limited-overs cricket, they’ve only lost five out of 18 matches across formats. While those numbers will mean little coming into a different format, what they signify is that at some point over five days, the conditions will be in their favour. And therein lies the danger for India, who have been more susceptible to spin in Tests lately than their traditional reputation would suggest.
When: June 14, 09:30 AM IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Venue Stats – Test Match
|Matches won batting first||8|
|Matches won bowling first||5|
|Average 1st Inns scores||357|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||323|
|Average 3rd Inns scores||208|
|Average 4th Inns scores||183|
|Highest total recorded||626/10 (150.2 Ov) by Ind vs Pak|
|Lowest total recorded||112/10 (35.4 Ov) by Aus vs Ind|
On the eve of the match, Bengaluru had overcast skies and some areas were affected by a light drizzle. The pitch has a green tinge but a brown look overall. It’s expected to have some moisture early on, and take turn from the third day onwards.
Form guide (last five matches, most recent first)
India : W L L D W
Afghanistan : N/A
Wriddhiman Saha ruled out of Afghanistan Test
Mohammed Shami’s exit from the squad might not mean too much for replacement Navdeep Saini, who has to beat an in-form Umesh Yadav to make it to the XI.
Ishant Sharma looks the only fast bowler assured of a spot in a team that’s likely to use two spinners and Pandya as a third seamer.
No injury News reported in the squad
India : Ajinkya Rahane (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik (W), Navdeep Saini
Afghanistan : Asghar Stanikzai (C), Afsar Zazai, Amir Hamza, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ihsanullah, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad (W), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nasir Jamal, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Sayed Shirzad, Wafadar, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zahir Khan
Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay/Karun Nair, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja/Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma
Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Afsar Sazai (wk), Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sayad Shirzad / Wafadar, Zahir Khan / Mujeeb ur Rahman/Amir Hamza
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