Clash of Titans: India vs Afghanistan 2nd T20I Preview 2023/24

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Rashid Khan is ruled out of entire three-match series for Afghanistan. Despite this, their T20 squad has the potential to be dangerous on occasion. Six players in the XI who played in the previous match have IPL contracts. Most of their players compete in franchise T20 and T10 leagues worldwide. Kohli is expected to return for the second T20I in Indore, one of India’s last before the T20 World Cup begins in June. He has historically struggled against spin in T20 cricket. There is also interest in seeing if Rohit can dominate T20I powerplays, as he did in ODI powerplays at the last World Cup. The addition of Shivam Dube and Washington Sundar gives India six bowling options and extends their batting down to No. 8. Afghanistan has a deep batting line-up that reaches to Numbers 9 and 10. However, they have struggled at the top. India (WWLWW) and Afghanistan (LWLWW), have had mixed form in their last five completed T20Is. Jitesh Sharma and Azmatullah Omarzai are expected to be key players in the upcoming matches. Indian player Jitesh Sharma is known for his explosive finishing in the IPL and has also shown this capability in T20Is. For Afghanistan, Azmatullah Omarzai poses a dual threat with his big-hitting and ability to swing the ball. Hazratullah Zazai may replace Rahmat Shah if he is fit and available. The pitch in Indore is known for being flat with a fast outfield and short boundaries, setting the stage for high-scoring games. Additionally, clear weather conditions are expected for the match. It’s likely that India will test their bowlers in different situations, according to captain Rohit Sharma. Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott sees the bilateral series against India as a positive indication of progress for his team.

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