India vs Afghanistan: Salvaging Pride in the 3rd T20I

The 3rd T20I match between India and Afghanistan is a crucial opportunity for both teams to salvage pride and showcase their skills on the cricket field. Check out the highlights of this thrilling match and see which team emerges victorious.

By Mystic Vivan
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India vs Afghanistan 3rd T20I

India and Afghanistan are set to clash in the third and final T20I match of the series on January 17 in Bengaluru. While India has already sealed the series with two consecutive wins, Afghanistan will be looking to salvage their pride by clinching a victory in this match. Despite showing glimpses of positivity in the previous encounters, Afghanistan is yet to deliver a complete performance.


Head-to-Head Record

India and Afghanistan have faced each other in only seven T20Is so far. Out of these, India has remained unbeaten, winning six matches, while one ended in a washout. The two teams have crossed paths thrice in the T20 World Cup and once in the Asia Cup. However, the final of the men's T20 competition at the Asian Games last year between India and Afghanistan had no result.

The Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium


The third T20I match will be held at the iconic M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Known for its great batting surface and short dimensions, this venue often poses a challenge for bowlers when it comes to defending totals. In fact, out of the nine T20Is played here, five batting-first teams have emerged victorious. The match will be telecasted by Sports18, and fans can also live-stream it on JioCinema from 7:00 pm IST.

India's T20I Record at Chinnaswamy Stadium

India has had a mixed record in T20Is at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Out of the seven matches played at this venue, India has won and lost three matches each, while one match was abandoned due to rain. The highest T20I score recorded at this stadium was when India smashed 202/6 against England in 2017. Interestingly, India also defended the lowest total here, restricting Bangladesh to 146/7 in 2016.


Kohli's Dominance at Chinnaswamy Stadium

Indian captain Virat Kohli has been a force to reckon with at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. In his 96 T20 appearances at this ground, Kohli has amassed a staggering 3,116 runs at an average of 38.95 and a strike rate of 141.50. His remarkable tally includes 23 fifties and four centuries. Notably, 2,700 of Kohli's T20 runs at Chinnaswamy have come from the IPL, while he has scored 116 runs in five T20Is played here.

India's Potential Squad Shuffle


India may take this opportunity to shuffle their squad and provide opportunities to some of their fringe players. Players like Sanju Samson, Avesh Khan, and Kuldeep Yadav might get a chance to showcase their skills in this match. Kuldeep could potentially replace Washington Sundar and partner with Ravi Bishnoi, while Avesh may be unleashed in place of Mukesh Kumar. However, India might also prioritize maintaining their winning momentum and opt for minimal changes in the playing combination.

Probable Starting 11s

Based on the team's recent performances and possible squad rotations, here are the probable starting XIs for both India and Afghanistan:


Probable India Team 11: Rohit Sharma (captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Virat Kohli, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (WK), Ravi Bishnoi, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar

Probable Afghanistan Team 11: Ibrahim Zadran (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Key Performers to Watch Out For


Several players have stood out with their performances in this series. Shivam Dube has been in splendid form, scoring unbeaten 60 and 63 runs in the first two matches. Axar Patel has also made an impact with his bowling, taking 2/23 and 2/17 in the respective games. Virat Kohli has a remarkable record against Afghanistan, amassing 201 runs in four T20Is at an average of 100.50. Gulbadin Naib showcased his skills with a fine fifty in the last game, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Karim Janat have both picked up two wickets each in the series.

Fantasy Team Predictions

For fantasy cricket enthusiasts, here are two possible Dream11 team predictions for the India vs Afghanistan match:

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shivam Dube (VC), Rinku Singh, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh


As the third and final T20I approaches, India will aim to maintain their winning streak, while Afghanistan will be determined to salvage their pride by securing a victory. With a formidable head-to-head record and the support of their star players, India enters the match as the favorites. However, Afghanistan has shown sparks of brilliance and cannot be taken lightly. Cricket enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting this thrilling encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, where batsmen are expected to dominate and records might be broken.

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