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T20 World Cup 2024: Afghanistan v India – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

The Super Eight phase of the 2024 T20 World Cup will continue on Thursday when high-flying Afghanistan face India.

The tournament favourites will meet the dark horses in Barbados and the match promises to be a thrilling spectacle.

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Last time these two met in a T20 match, they played out one of the most memorable innings of all time.

Both India and Afghanistan hit 212 runs and the tie was followed by not one, but two super overs, in which India eventually came out victorious.

In 2024, Afghanistan have bolstered their reputation in T20 cricket, impressing everyone in the group stages at the World Cup.

They put any doubt of missing out on a place in the Super 8s behind them by thrashing Papua New Guinea by seven wickets last Thursday, eliminating New Zealand in the process.


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However, worries fans may have about their side were realised in Afghanistan’s final match against the West Indies, where they shipped 218 runs, the highest total of any side at the tournament so far.

Perhaps what is worse for the Blue Tigers is that they have never bested the Men in Blue in T20 format.

But there is a first time for everything.

India did not lose a single group match and may well have won all four of their outings had the final game against Canada not have been washed out.

They had little problem sweeping aside hosts USA, Pakistan and Ireland to clinch top spot.

India won the inaugural T20 World Cup back in 2007 having lost their first Super Eight match but there will be confidence that will not happen 17 years later.

Two years ago in 2022, Rohit Sharma and his team-mates lost out to England in the semi-finals and there is a renewed determination that they can get further than that this year having barely gotten out of first gear so far.

Both teams have had some standout performers this summer.

Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi is the tournament’s top wicket-taker and claimed three more against Papua New Guinea last week.

Team-mate Rahmanullah Gurbaz joins him at the top of the charts as the leading run-scorer.

He has an impressive strike rate of 150.45 and will certainly pose a threat to India.

Meanwhile, Sharma will be hoping Virat Kohli finally hits form having struggled in the group stages.

If he does, it will take a mountainous effort from Afghanistan to halt a team expected to go all the way in the tournament.

Expected line-ups

Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 3pm UK time on Thursday afternoon.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

Afghanistan’s bubble may finally burst now they are coming up against the best cricketing nations in the world.

Having said that, they made it out of a group that included the West Indies and New Zealand so they deserve a little credit.

Still, it would be a huge upset should they overcome India, especially considering the dominant form of Sharma’s side.

We are going for a comfortable India win here.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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