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ICC World T20: India start their campaign against Afghanistan



The winner of the inaugural T20 championship will look to get the right combination in place when they take on Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 clash in Colombo win will ensure a Super Eights berth for champions of the 2007 edition even before they take on England in their second and final group league match on September 23.

 

In their only meeting till date, India had comfortably beaten Afghanistan by seven wickets during the last edition of World T20 in the West Indies.

 

While the battle of attrition will start once India take on England, a smooth start against the Afghans will certainly help the 'Men in Blue' hit a good rhythm and the team management will have an idea about the performance of their preferred combination.

 

The Indians are faced with the dilemma of whether to go in with five specialist bowlers or opt for the additional batsman, considering that bowling in the death overs has been a worry.

 

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not someone who is known to tinker with the playing XI and believes in giving his preferred players a long rope. In fact, he has indicated that he would go in with four specialist bowlers and rely on his part-timers to fill in the fifth bowler's quota.

 

But if the part-timers do not perform upto expectation, he is willing to go in with five specialist bowlers.

 

The batting order looks more or less settled with seasoned opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, solid middle-order consisting of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni himself, it will be interesting to see what kind of bowling combination Dhoni-Fletcher pair use.

 

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