India vs Afghanistan Prediction – November 3, 2021: A must-win match for Kohli’s India.

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  • Match: India vs Afghanistan
  • Date: November 3, 2021
  • Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Stadium: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
  • Tournament: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – 2021 – 33rd Match
  • Format: T20I


India won by 66 runs

India vs Afghanistan Stats and Trends

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India Trends

India Last Match vs New Zealand

New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 33 balls remaining)

Batting Figures
Ravindra Jadeja
Hardik Pandya
Lokesh Rahul
Top 3 Batsmen for India vs New Zealand
Bowling figures
Jasprit Bumrah
Ravindra Jadeja
Mohammed Shami
Top 3 Bowlers for India vs New Zealand

This was another bruising loss for Indian cricket. It is difficult to see any positives from this. India changed the top order up but still struggled for runs batting first. India was at 48/4 after 7.4 overs. It was down to Pandya, 23, and Jadeja, 26 to rescue the innings. Kohli, 9 runs, and Kishan, 4 runs, disappointed the most. Both were close to a 50% strike rate which is not good enough.

New Zealand picked off the runs effortlessly. They lost just 2 wickets and had 33 balls to spare. We know in the UAE that batting second carries an advantage but New Zealand just looked like the better team. Only Jasprit Bumrah came ut with any credit taking 2/19 from 4 overs. Chakravarthy did okay with an economy rate of 5.75 but did not take any wickets.

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Afghanistan Trends

Afghanistan Last Match vs Pakistan

Pakistan won by 5 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Batting Figures
Gulbadin Naib
Mohammad Nabi
Najibullah Zadran
Top 3 Batsmen for Afghanistan vs Pakistan
Bowling figures
Rashid Khan
Mohammad Nabi
Naveen ul Haq
Top 3 Bowlers for Afghanistan vs Pakistan

This was a great match to watch and other than the fireworks for Asif Ali this should have been an Afghanistan win. When Khan got Azam on 122/4 after 17 overs this looked to be swinging Agfhanistans way. Ali then came in and smoked 4 sixes in the 19th over to win the match. He got 25 runs from 7 balls!

Afghanistan won the toss and surprisingly decided to bat first, as they seem to prefer. At 39/4 they were not going well and it looked like Pakistan would get another big win. Huge credit goes to captain Nabi and Naib who both got 35 runs and a good strike rate. They batted out the last 7 overs together and built the score to 147/6.

Rashid Khan was as effective as ever with 2/26 from his 4 overs. Afghanistan’s bowlers did a good job of limiting the runs and keeping the pressure on. Azam did put on 51 before Khan bowled him with a wrong un, but it was for 47 balls. With an earlier wicket of Ali, or some better bowing in the 19th over this could have been a win. This will give them some confidence going into this match with India.

India vs Afghanistan Match Prediction

This is such an important match for both teams. A win for India gives them a chance of qualifying still. A win for Afghanistan would set them up for a chance to beat New Zealand to qualify. The southpaw of Pant should be able to counteract the spin of Khan depending on when he is in and when Khan bowls.

Winning the toss here will be absolutely crucial. 67% of teams win in the UAE batting second. Afghanistan has a tendency to bat first when they win the toss so it could be India batting second regardless, this will give them a big chance in the match.

So far on this ground, the first innings scores have been low, averaging around 130 runs. The wickets have seen a lot of cricket and are starting to deteriorate with will improve the wicket-taking prowess of the spinners. This is a closer encounter than the betting odds are making out.

Predicted result: India to win if they bat second!

Predicted scores if batting first:

India 145/7

Afghanistan 120/9

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