The Indian team will face Afghanistan in the third and deciding match of the Super 12 round of the T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. The blue men will have to step up their game to stay in the competition as another defeat will mean a sure exit from the major tournament. A win alone will not help India, but a victory by a large margin will keep their hopes alive for the ongoing T20 World Cup.
The Indian team has been a pale shadow of itself and has conceded two defeats in the two matches so far. Kohli and Co. lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by ten wickets in their opening match, while Kane Williamson-led New Zealand defeated the former champions by eight wickets. On the other hand, Afghanistan is by far the better team with two wins in three matches. They won against Namibia and Scotland while suffering a narrow defeat against Pakistan. The Afghan team is a serious candidate for the semi-finals, but must be wary of two important matches – against India and New Zealand.
Both India and Afghanistan have met twice in the history of the T20 World Cup. Both times, in 2010 and 2012, India won. But considering how well India is doing and how much Afghanistan has improved, it will be quite difficult for the 2007 winners. The Afghan spin bowling can make it difficult for any team at the World Cup.
Toss will be important as Virat Kohli has bad luck in winning the toss while the toss is not important that much for the Afghan team. In the match with Pakistan, Afghanistan did something unexpected by playing first and still making it a really interesting match. The match was won by Pakistan after Asif Ali hit multiple sixes in the 2nd last over.
India is participating for the first time in this T20 World Cup at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. They will find it difficult to get used to the surface here after playing against New Zealand in Dubai just a few days ago. Usually the pitch offers something for the pacers, but it is not very difficult to score runs. Expect a match of over 155 with the chasers as winners.
Afghanistan bravely chose to bat first against Pakistan as they rely on their spinners to stifle the opponents. Will they do the same against India, who also have their own reservations when it comes to setting a target? Afghanistan has a strong spin bowling team that can make it difficult for any opposition team as Afghans play bravely and are not afraid to fail, while it is the other way round for India as they are under pressure due to their past results. The pressure to win at all costs will also make it very difficult for India to compete in such a tough situation in the ongoing T20 World Cup.