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T20 WC: India loses toss yet again, asked to bat first

India has lost the toss ahead of their face-off with Afghanistan and is asked to bat first in the third consecutive game on the ongoing T20 World Cup Tournament.

Abu Dhabi: India has lost the toss ahead of their face-off with Afghanistan and is asked to bat first in the third consecutive game on the ongoing T20 World Cup Tournament. 

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi chose to bowl, giving the dew as the main reason, which makes bowling difficult in the second half. 

He said, “Will bowl first. Last game, there was a lot of dew in the second half. Mujeeb isn’t playing. We always prepare for both, but today we’ll bowl first because of dew. We’ll play normal cricket and go and enjoy”.

Somewhat disappointed India skipper Virat Kohli has said that we still have a chance (in semis), and thus we will try to play our best game. 

He said, “Firstly, there’s no denying the fact that the situation is a tricky one. Having said that, there’s still a chance. We, as a team, will look at the chance and try to play positive cricket. We know we haven’t played up to potential whatever the reasons might be – need to brush that aside”. 

Talking about his preference if he had won the toss, Kohli said, “Would have bowled first. But it’s not a bad thing against a side like Afghanistan who look to put up runs on the board. Couple of changes – Surya is back as he’s fit. Ashwin replaces Varun who has a bit of a niggle.”

Teams:- 

India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hamid Hassan

India has lost both the matches in the tournament against Pakistan and New Zealand by 10 and 8 wickets respectively. 

first published:Nov. 3, 2021, 7:11 p.m.

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