India Vs Afghanistan Match Today at Mirpur: Asia Cup 2014 Match Preview

Asia Cup 2014

India Vs Afghanistan Match Today at Mirpur: Asia Cup 2014 Match Preview

India will try to save its face by defeating Afghanistan team in Asia Cup league match today. This match is most likely being the last match for India in the tournament. Afghanistan is in high spirits after defeating Bangladesh. India is under pressure as it has no hope of reaching the finals.

Mirpur: India is going to play its last league match with Afghanistan today. All doors are now closed for India to reach final of Asia Cup tourney. India lost to Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the league matches and Pakistan won against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Thus Sri Lanka and Pakistan are going to play the finals.

Team India, which lost confidence may find Afghanistan also as a dangerous opponent now. Though India made a good start in the tournament with a win against Bangladesh, it lost to Sri Lanka and Pakistan and had only 4 points. It is in the 3rd position after Sri Lanka and Pakistan. India may need to win today’s match to avoid humiliation it is to be seen whether Kohli will choose to include Pujara who is on the reserve bench in the team.

Afghanistan won over Bangladesh in the league match and wants to win in this match also. This is the first match between India and Afghanistan. Main reason for India’s victories is batting. But Indian batsmen are failing miserably in Asia Cup. Except Kohli’s century in the Bangladesh match, no batsman is playing quality innings. Pujara and Ishwar Pandey are waiting for an opportunity to play even in one match in the series. For this Rahane or Rayudu and Bhuvneshwar had to be dropped from the team.

Afghanistan team has no strong batting lineup but they play according to the situations. On the bowling side, Nabi, Samiyullah and Hamja are restricting the batsmen of opponent teams and they are good in batting also.

Presently India is under tremendous pressure. Since this match is not an important match, Kohli must include Pujara and Ishwar Pandey into the team. The match is going to be live telecasted on Star Cricket channel. It will begin from 1.30 pm, IST.