The Indian cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma, will face Ibrahim Zadran-led Afghanistan for the second T20 international match of the three-match series at Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium on January 14. 

In the first bilateral T20 series between the two teams, it will be the first time Virat Kohli will be playing, after missing the first match due to personal reasons.

The Men in Blue will hope to put in a similar performance in the upcoming game and clinch the series.

In the previous match, batting first Afghanistan settled for 158/5 against India, while India defeated Afghanistan by 6 wickets, with 15 balls remaining.

India vs Afghanistan: Head-to-head

Before this T20I match, both India and Afghanistan faced each other three times in the T20 World Cups once in the Asia Cup, and once in the previous bilateral series. India have won all five matches.

India vs Afghanistan: Win prediction

According to CricTracker, India will win the match no matter who wins the toss. MyKhel says India are “clear favourites” to win the match.

India vs Afghanistan: Fantasy team

Shivam Dube (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Shubman Gill, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Naveen Ul Haq, Mukesh Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi

India vs Afghanistan: Pitch report

Holkar Cricket Stadium’s pitch is known to favour the batters and is considered to be a paradise for them. The boundaries being shorter and the flat pitches help batters to score more. So the team winning the toss should bat first.

India vs Afghanistan: Weather report

The weather conditions will be supportive on match day, with no rain prediction. Also, the temperature will remain around 22 degrees Celsius and may drop to 17 degrees towards the end of the game.

India vs Afghanistan: Players to look out for

India: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar

Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Qais Ahmad

India vs Afghanistan: Probable playing XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Sanju Samson (wk), Tilak Varma, Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar

Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Qais Ahmad

India vs Afghanistan: Live streaming details

The match between India and Afghanistan will be broadcast on the Sports 18 network and will be livestreamed on JIO Cinema from 7.00 pm (IST) onwards.

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Published: 13 Jan 2024, 10:03 PM IST

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