This intriguing one off Test match between India and Afghanistan will have the eyes of the cricket world watching, as the Number 1 Test Team in the world takes on the ‘newcomers’ of Test cricket, in India, in their inaugural match.
India v Afghanistan
June 14th – June 18th 2018
Stadium: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
Start Time: 09:30 AM LOCAL (04:00 GMT)
Afghanistan have little experience of 4 or 5 day cricket and as our correspondent Salim Parvez explains, this might be a challenge for them – “Although Afghanistan players have had a fair exposure to international cricket, through its participation in 98 ODIs, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and in additional 66 in t20 format, including appearance, in the last four editions of The World Twenty20, Afghanistan players have very limited experience of four-day cricket. First-class matches have only been part of the its domestic cricket in the 2017-18 season, with two four-day tournaments named after Ahmed Shah Abdali (1722-72), the founder of the modern-day state of Afghanistan.”
Salim continues, with a look at a couple of players to watch out for : “The sensational wrist spinner, Rashid Khan, still few months short of his 20th birthday, is set to be the star attraction in the country’s first-ever Test match. A skilful leg-break bowler, he has stood up to the challenge in both ODIs and t20, not to mention his remarkable success in the IPL (Indian Premier League). He is closely followed by the 17-year old Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, who represents the new generation with all his training and coaching having taken place in Afghanistan.”
Afghanistan Squad: Asghar Stanikzai (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Jannat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman
India has all the experience in their batting and bowling line ups to overpower Afghanistan, who have had little experience of the longer format of cricket.
India Squad: Ajinkya Rahane(c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Navdeep Saini
Cricket Match Prediction
Well, the outcome of this match could be decided on the whether the pitch is pacer or spin friendly. Afghanistan spin attack versus Indian seamers. Most of the online cricket betting tips is for an easy win for India; however, you can never discount the underdog on a spinning wicket. I’m going for India win, however, it is going to be an interesting match and who knows, Afghanistan might just upset the cricket betting odds!