Venue Details & Pitch Report - Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi

Average First Innings Score at Delhi in ODIs: 223

Batting First vs Batting Second at Delhi in ODIs: Win Bat 1st - 48%, Win Bat 2nd - 52%

IND-AFG Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs: Virat Kohli(5)

IND-AFG Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs: Ravindra Jadeja(1), Mohammed Shami(4)

Ground Dimensions: The venue has straight boundaries of (70m) and short square boundaries (63m, 64m). ThirdMan-CowCorner (55m, 68m) and FineLeg-DeepExtraCover (56m, 74m).

Pitch Report: In the recent IPL season, the wicket at Delhi was mostly batting-friendly and chase-friendly.

In the most recent pitch used in the South Africa vs Sri Lanka World Cup match, the wicket was flat, where runs flowed throughout the match and there was a nice covering of grass as well. Expect some seam and assistance for the fast bowlers. However, it is expected to be dominated by the batters. 

Predicted Playing XI - India vs Afghanistan, Match 9, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

India: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bmrah, Mohammed Siraj

                       Bench: Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

                       Bench: Ikram Alikhil, Noor Ahmad, Riaz Hassan, Abdul Rahman

Fantasy Notes (India) - vs Afghanistan, Match 9, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of India players in ODIs in 2023:

Shubman Gill20123072/1055/5N/AN/AN/A
Virat Kohli1469758/1063/3N/AN/AN/A
Rohit Sharma1665847/1096/1N/AN/AN/A
KL Rahul1362878/865/1N/AN/AN/A
Ishan Kishan1440934/934/0N/AN/AN/A
Hardik Pandya1338335/953/0161726/5.4
Suryakumar Yadav1328323/1142/0N/AN/AN/A
Shreyas Iyer826433/1090/1N/AN/AN/A
Ravindra Jadeja1218927/640/0131828/4.7
Shardul Thakur    121924/6.3
Kuldeep Yadav    173516/4.6
Mohammed Shami    121924/5.3
Mohammed Siraj    143115/4.8
Ravichandran Ashwin    3524.4/4.5
Jasprit Bumrah    61023/4.9

Points to Consider

  • Virat Kohli at Delhi in ODIs: Inns - 6, Runs - 222, Avg/SR - 44/89, 50s/100s - 1/1; Delhi is his home ground, where he is the 5th highest run scorer in ODIs.
  • In the last match at Delhi, 3 out of South Africa's top 4 scored centuries which appeared to be an entirely different surface from the past ODIs and we observed that it is a high-scoring, batting-friendly pitch. Therefore, if India bats first, we will have to make the tough choice of either loading up on all batters or taking the risk of dropping one or two in different combinations.
  • Among the top 5, Shreyas Iyer is selected in just 30% of the teams. He has been ignored by many teams after his failure against Australia in the first match. Given that batters will get a good opportunity to score plenty of runs. In addition, he has plenty of experience playing at this venue as a part of the Delhi IPL franchise.
  • Ravindra Jadeja at Delhi in ODIs: Inns - 5, Wickets - 9, Bowl Avg/Eco - 21/4.1; Jadeja is the highest wicket-taker at this ground in ODIs.
  • There is a possibility for India to go with an extra pacer in place of Ravichandran Ashwin, but it looks less likely to happen, to keep consistency in the XI. If they do, we will get a good idea of the management's approach in going with different combinations for different pitches.

Fantasy Notes (Afghanistan) - vs India, Match 9, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction


Relevant Numbers of Afghanistan players in ODIs in 2023:

Ibrahim Zadran1250045/824/1N/AN/AN/A
Rahmanullah Gurbaz1242335/800/2N/AN/AN/A
Hashmatullah Shahidi1228829/733/0N/AN/AN/A
Rahmat Shah1020420/731/0N/AN/AN/A
Mohammed Nabi1119121/991/0N/AN/AN/A
Azmatullah Omarzai512431/881/0000
Mujeeb Ur Rahman       
Rashid Khan       
Najibullah Zadran88412/72    
Riaz Hassan       
Abdul Rehman       
Ikram Alikhil      33/6.9
Dilshan Madushanka    71225.5/5.6
Dushan Hemantha    22 
Kusal Perera3248/960/0   

Points to Consider

  • Afghanistan's openers - Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran are key for any success if Afghanistan needs to have any success with the bat. The rest of the batters have not looked very reliable, which makes it difficult for us to confidently pick.
  • R Gurbaz vs Right Arm Pace in Powerplay: Inns - 26, Outs - 12, Avg/SR - 20.8/72; He has a below-average record against this bowling type. With Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj opening the bowling, the Afghan opener becomes a hit-or-a-miss pick, especially under lights. 
  • If Afghanistan bats first, their batters will need to put up an above-par score to have any chance against this Indian batting unit. If they only manage to put up a below-par score, their bowlers might not have enough on board to pressure the Indian batters. Make your GL teams accordingly.
  • This is a big Match for Naveen-ul-Haq with the crowd likely to fully back Virat Kohli in a match involving India. Whether he will thrive or succumb to this pressure will be very interesting to see. So far, he has had a good ODI career with 15 wickets in 8 matches. 

Fantasy XI - India vs Afghanistan, Match 9, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Prediction

WK: KL Rahul

BAT: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ibrahim Zadran, Shreyas Iyer

AR: Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Nabi

BOWL: Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

C/VC: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli

Differentials: Ishan Kishan (26%), Shreyas Iyer (30%), Rahmat Shah (11.5%)

C/VC Alternatives: Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul

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