India vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I – Match Preview, Playing XI, News

India vs Afghanistan: India’s Strategic Bowling Shuffle

In a candid post-match interview, India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, highlighted the team’s readiness to embrace discomfort for World Cup preparation. The tactical moves of using Washington Sundar in the 19th over and Shivam Dube stepping in for an off-day Ravi Bishnoi showcased India’s adaptability.

Rising Stars: India’s Young Middle Order Shines

Without Virat Kohli, India’s middle order, comprising Tilak Varma, Shivam Dube, Jitesh Sharma, and Rinku Singh, stepped up, securing the victory. Their performance on another challenging batting surface in Indore could determine India’s World Cup XI, as they have limited opportunities to refine their combination.

Afghanistan Near Miss: Strategies for the Second Match

While Afghanistan showcased promise with a fifty-run opening stand, the pace allowed India to dictate proceedings. With Rashid Khan absent, questions arise about their spin bowling and fielding. Could Noor Ahmad’s inclusion be the solution? The second match in Indore becomes crucial for Afghanistan to recalibrate their strategies.

Match Preview: Indore Showdown and Team Line-ups

When and Where

  • Date: Sunday, 17 January 2024
  • Time: 7 pm IST
  • Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore

Conditions to Expect

Good batting conditions with consistent bounce, promising an exciting contest. The game-friendly January temperatures in Central India provide a favorable setting for the second match.

Team News and Probable XIs


  • Virat Kohli returns and likely to bat one-down.
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal expected to open.
  • Probable XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube, Jitesh Sharma(w), Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar


  • Consideration for Noor Ahmad’s inclusion.
  • Probable XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran (c), Rahmat Shah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Player Insights: Voices from the Field

  • Shivam Dube: Reflecting on his comeback, “In T20s, I know how I bat, and I know I can hit big sixes, so I can generate runs any time.”
  • Ibrahim Zadran: Identifying areas for improvement, “We have to improve our fielding, we were a bit lazy. We’ll try to improve our batting as well. In bowling, there’s no issue.”

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