After losing its first two matches, Team India has almost withdrawn from the semi-final match. To qualify for the semi-finals, India must win all its remaining matches by a large margin and hope that other results get in the way as well.
The Virat Kohli-led men will face Afghanistan later tonight in Abu Dhabi. While India has two defeats in two matches, Afghanistan won two of its three matches. The only match it lost was against Pakistan. Even in that match, the Afghans fought hard and took the game to the last.
Their won against Scotland and Namibia by a high margin, improving their Net Run Rate to +3,097. Thus, it will not be easy for India to beat Afghanistan. They must look forward to beating Afghanistan by a high margin. The Afghan spinning duo Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman are in great shape and it remains to be seen how Indian batters will meet them.
India rested Surya Kumar Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar last match. We have to see if they get a nod to this match. It is also rumored that Ashwin could replace Varun Chakravarthy, who has been ineffective with the ball.
On the other hand, fans are praying for New Zealand’s loss in one of the remaining three matches and Afghanistan’s loss in this match.
It remains to be seen if Team India can deliver a fantastic performance tonight and keep themselves alive in the tournament.