Team India is all set to take on Afghanistan in their second match of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, October 10 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. They will be riding high on confidence after securing a fantastic win against Australia in Chennai. They will be keen to continue the winning momentum in the upcoming clash against Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan lost to Bangladesh in their opening match of the tournament. Their batting attack failed to make an impact and were bowled out for 156 runs. Heading into the match against India, Afghanistan’s batting needs to come together, to stand up against the mighty Indian bowlers. It will be interesting to see if Afghanistan will be able to make a comeback in the tournament.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for IND vs AFG
Rahmat Shah vs Ravindra Jadeja
Afghanistan batter Rahmat Shah has struggled against Ravindra Jadeja in the past ODI encounters between the two teams. He has faced five deliveries, scoring three runs, and has been dismissed twice by the spinner. Jadeja is likely to be brought on against Rahmat Shah in the upcoming clash, given his record against the batter. Shah will be hoping to play Jadeja with more surety this time around.
Virat Kohli vs Naveen-ul-Haq
This will be an interesting match-up to watch out for given the intense history of Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq. The duo was involved in a verbal spat during the Indian Premeir League 2023 match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Lucknow Super Giants. Since then, Naveen-ul-Haq has been pretty vocal about the incident. His match-up with Virat Kohli has been much-awaited for the cricket fans.
Mohammad Nabi vs KL Rahul
Mohammad Nabi and KL Rahul will have to play a key role for their respective teams in the ongoing ODI World Cup. Their experience will be crucial for their teams. The duo has faced each other twice previously, with Nabi dismissing Rahul once. The Indian batter has scored 21 runs off 23 deliveries against Mohammad Nabi, including one boundary.