India vs Afghanistan Betting Tips and Predictions
India vs Afghanistan betting tips & predictions from Bengaluru placed here. India host Afghanistan in a one-off Test match in Bengaluru from June 14 and it is expected to assume historic proportions for obvious reasons. Afghanistan are on the cusp of becoming the 12th Test-playing nation after Ireland, last month, had played Pakistan to become the 11th.
For a country ravaged and torn apart by war, this is a huge achievement and it comes on the back of some excellent performances in the shorter formats of the game. Afghanistan might have played the lower-ranked teams in the T20 format, for instance, but their win-loss ratio of 3.33 since 2015 is the best in the world of cricket by some distance.
India will hope not to get too complacent or rusty given they haven’t played too much international cricket since the Nidahas Trophy and haven’t played in Tests since the Tests in South Africa earlier in January. Afghanistan might not have the experience but they have the potency to trouble teams given their bowling attack.
Head To Head
Since this is the first time Afghanistan is playing a Test match, there’s no head to head here. But in the other formats of the game, these two sides have met thrice before this and India are 3-0 ahead. They will be looking to make this their fourth win.
India will be without Virat Kohli in this game, the Indian captain has been rested for this and will return on their tour of England. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team that has all the usual suspects but it will interesting to see a couple of things.
One, who opens the innings. Shikhar Dhawan was the incumbent going into the series against South Africa but KL Rahul was brought in after just one game because of his obvious form issues overseas. Rahul did no better and that’s left most with a question-mark about who partners Murali Vijay at the top of the order.
The other revolves around the replacement for Kohli. Karun Nair has been drafted into the squad but Dhawan could still open the innings and Rahul batted at four ahead of Nair.
Question number three is if India should play a third spinner other than R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the form of Kuleep Yadav and that’s an answer that the pitch would provide closer to the start of the Test.
Afghanistan will be led by Asghar Stanikzai, who has boasted that the side has a better spin bowling attack than the hosts India. While the likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran have done well with the white-ball it remains to be seen how they adjust to the rigours of a five-day game.
The bigger worry for Afghanistan will be their batting that has often struggled even in ODIs and T20I. Having never played a Test before this, expect them to start off better than how they end with the bat.
It would be a colossal understatement to call India favourites in this Test match given the obvious difference between of experience between the two sides. Even counting for the absence of Virat Kohli, India look like they have enough firepower to overcome the likes of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran an once they have done that, it would get tougher for Afghanistan, especially given their batting weaknesses.
Rashid KhanTop Bangladesh Bowler 1st Innings
Among grounds in India, since 2010, Bangalore’s average batting score per wicket is 31.9, which is among the lower third of averages in India, an indicator it is a low-scoring ground. It’s worth noting that batsmen average 40 against pace here and a mere 26 against spin, which is a clear indicator how much more difficult the likes of Rashid, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could be to bat on this surface. Given Rashid’s brilliant ODI and T20I form, one can expect him to start a favourite to be the pick the most wickets in India’s first innings.