Aayush Mahajan ∙ Sep 7 2022, 2:30 PM

IND vs AFG: Preview, Key Matchups and Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

image-l7rjjotlIndia and Afghanistan played a tied match in 2018 Asia Cup (PC: Twitter)

India and Afghanistan will bump heads with each other as possibly a must-win encounter awaits both teams on September 8 at Dubai International Stadium in the 11th match of the ongoing Asia Cup.

Afghanistan will lock horns with Pakistan tonight with India's finale hope closely tied to the former's win. If Afghanistan lose versus Pakistan, their next clash with Rohit Sharma and Co. will serve as a dead rubber as two spots for the summit battle will be booked.

Speaking of India, they have already been defeated in both their matches of the Super four stage. Although engaging in two tight matches, India could not close the games as they lost to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the last-over thrillers.

On the other hand, after winning back-to-back games in the first stage, Afghanistan suffered a defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the Super 4s.

Match Details

Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai

Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Hotstar

Pitch Report: The pitch at Dubai International Stadium has offered a levelled playing field for both batters and bowlers. While batters find it easy to fetch quick runs with the new ball, bowlers seem to tighten their grip over the match as the ball tends to get a bit older.

Key Match Analytics

India and Afghanistan have played three T20Is against each other with the former winning all of these games.

Highest active run-scorer

Rohit Sharma: 75 runs in 2 matches, Average: 75, Strike Rate: 156.25

Mohammad Nabi: 66 runs in 3 matches, Average: 22, Strike Rate: 126.92

Highest active wicket-taker

Ravichandran Ashwin: 4 wickets in 2 matches, Economy: 4.25

Karim Janat: 1 wicket in 1 match, Economy: 7

Key Matchups

Rohit Sharma vs Fazalhaq Farooqi

image-l7rkgznmRohit Sharma in action [PC: Twitter]

In 2022, Rohit has faced 68 deliveries of left-arm seamers in T20Is, getting dismissed on three occasions while averaging just 27.3 and striking at the rate of 120.6 against them.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Gurbaz's poor record versus the leggies this year speaks volume of his struggle. In 2022, he averages just 12.5 with a strike-rate of 104.2 against the leg-spinners.

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-keeper: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Najibullah Zadran, 
All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh

Captain: Suryakumar Yadav
Vice Captain: Hardik Pandya

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