T20 Super 8 World Cup: Hints for India from Windies’ win over Afghanistan | Cricket News


Rohit & Co could look to dismantle Afghan pacers before spin comes into play
BRIDGETOWN: A sudden downpour that lasted about an hour with varying intensity Monday evening brought down the humidity here a bit after a hard day at work. It continued for a bit on Tuesday morning as well, but the Indian contingent and everyone around the team hoped it was just a one-off event. Rain is the last thing they want on game day against Afghanistan in Super-8.
Especially after what they saw from the Afghans in St Lucia in their final league match on Monday before flying to Barbados to face the mighty Indians. Rohit Sharma would be desperate for the match not to be cut short, because in a 20-a-side contest on a good pitch – as was the case in St Lucia and would also be the case at Kensington Oval – India are way ahead of the Afghans.
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To add to that, Monday’s match left a crucial hint on how India should go about their work on Thursday. West Indies Top-order batters Johnson Charles and Nicholas Pooran launched a brutal assault on Afghan pacers Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai, plundering 92 from the first six overs that virtually killed the match for the Afghans. But over the next 14 overs, once the spinners came into action, Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed managed to reduce West Indies, although Rashid opted for a massive 28-run final over towards the end, thanks to a Pooran unleashed. .

India will surely take inspiration from this game and look to do maximum damage right at the top before the Afghan spinners can come into the game. Given that it is a day match and it won’t be any dew, it won’t be a bad idea to strike first and take the match out of Afghanistan, unless of course there is a lot of humidity on match day. .
Virat Kohli, during the training sessions here, tries to be at his best in attack. For Rohit Sharma in T20s, it’s always cricket in high gear and the duo will look to step on the accelerator from the get-go. And India n°3 in the tournament Rishabh pantshe too is in great shape and the team would like at least two of the three to take charge so that the Afghans do not find a foothold.

For Afghanistan, the response time after a heavy 104-point defeat is very short, especially when they are facing a team they have never beaten. Coach Jonathan Trott tried to learn lessons from a defeat.
“We’ve seen the areas we need to work on… If we don’t get off to a good start, being able to get through it without too much damage is something we need to do. Today we had two that lasted 60 runs and that turned the game massively and took a lot of pressure off the next 18 overs,” Trott said.
But Afghanistan definitely do not have the depth of their fast attack which could seriously threaten India. This is an area where India – with Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya – is so superior that for Afghan warriors it may be a bridge too far.
Or at least that’s what all Indian fans from different parts of the United States and Canada believe, as well as millions back home. We will all know in a few days!



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