Cricket World Cup, IND vs AFG: Mohammed Shami in, India bat vs Afghanistan at Southampton
Virat Kohli won the toss at The Ageas Bowl and chose to bat. (Image: Twitter/@BCCI)

SOUTHAMPTON: India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first against Afghanistan in match 28 of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at The Rose Bowl  on Saturday, on what he termed a “good, hard wicket”.

As expected, Mohammed Shami stepped in for the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib said he wanted to bat as well, on what he said would be “a long day”. His team made two changes: Noor Ali Zadran and Dawlat Zadran went out and Hazratullah Zazai and Aftab Alam came in.


With seven points, India are fourth on the World Cup points table and will expect to move to nine points today.

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Afghanistan have lost all five of their matches, and now face the tournament heavyweights. To be fair to them, the teams they could logically expect to beat given their success against them in the 2018 Asia Cup, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, lie ahead. Afghanistan fought against Australia in their opening match in Bristol, and despite conceding 397 against England in their previous fixture they were able to bat out 50 overs in reply, scoring 247/8.

India XI: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Afghanistan XI: 1 Noor Ali Zadran, 2 Gulbadin Naib, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Hashmatullah Shahidi, 5 Asghar Afghan, 6 Mohammad Nabi, 7 Najibullah Zadran, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Ikram Alikhil (wk), 10 Dawlat Zadran, 11 Mujeeb-ur-Rahman