Rohit Sharma was in excellent form in the tri-series in Australia © Getty Images
Rohit Sharma top-scored in the match with 150 © Getty Images

Afghanistan, for their part, will are in danger of being overwhelmed by the occasion. This is the first ever 50-over World Cup they are playing, so they will surely be nervous. Their rise in international cricket has been one worth noting, and they have given a good account of themselves throughout. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE.

India will desperately want to sort out their batting woes before taking on their arch-rivals Pakistan on February 15. Rohit Sharma was the only Indian batsman to score a century in the tri-series, while Shikhar Dhawan scored a fifty in the last practice match. Though Ajinkya Rahane has looked good throughout, Virat Kohli has failed to get going in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs) he has played so far this year. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS.

India (batting):

Batsman How Out Runs Balls 4s 6s Score when out
Rohit Sharma c Ashraf b Nabi 150 122 12 7 269/4
Shikhar Dhawan b Hamid Hasan 4 8 7/1
Virat Kohli c Zazai b Dawlat 5 9 1 16/2
Suresh Raina run out (Nabi) 75 71 5 3  174/3
Ajinkya Rahane Not out
88 61 12 2
MS Dhoni c Mangal b Shapoor
10 20 322/5
Ravindra Jadeja Not out
11 9 1
Stuart Binny
Akshar Patel
Ravichandran Ashwin
Ambati Rayudu
Mohammed Shami
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Mohit Sharma
Umesh Yadav
Extras (7 lb, 13 wides, 1 no ball) 21
Total 364/5 50 overs

Afghanistan (bowling):

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ Wides No-balls
Hamid Hassan 8 1 49 1 6.12 2
Dawlat Zadran 8 66 1 8.25 3
Shapoor Zadran 8 58 1 7.25 2
Mirwais Ashraf 6 29 4.83
Mohammad Nabi 9 62 1 6.50 1 1
Aftab Alam 4 40 10 1
Samiullah Shenwari 3 26 8.66 1
Javed Ahmadi 4 27 6.75

India have got off to a good start after a couple of early wickets. Rohit Sharma’s superb 150 and Suresh Raina’s attacking 75 stabilised the innings despite being 16 for two at one stage. Thanks to a late burst from Ajinkya Rahane, who remained unbeaten on 88, India ended at a commanding 364 for five.


Afghanistan batting:

Batsman How Out Runs Balls 4s 6s Score when out
Javed Ahmadi c Dhoni b Umesh
17 16 4 30/1
Usman Ghani c Umesh b Jadeja
44 72 4 1 93/2
Nawroz Mangal c Dhoni b Mohit
60 85 2 2 160/5
Asghar Stanekzai c Shami b Mohit
20 43 2 153/3
Najibullah Zadran st Dhoni b Ashwin 4 3 1 158/4
Samiullah Shenwari run out (Jadeja/ Rayudu)
17 30 1 199/7
Mohammad Nabi (c) b Jadeja
1 6 169/6
Afsar Zazai (wk) Not out
24 35 1
Mirwais Ashraf b Raina
2 7 206/8
Nasir Jamal Not out
2 4
Gulbadin Naib
Hamid Hassan
Shapoor Zadran
Dawlat Zadran
Aftab Alam
Extras (13 lb, 6 wides, 1 no ball) 20
Total 211/8 50 overs

India bowling:

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Econ Wides No-balls
Umesh Yadav 9 35 1 3.89 4
Mohammed Shami 9 39 4.33 1
Mohit Sharma 9 1 40 2 4.44
Ravindra Jadeja 10 2 38 2 3.80 1
Ravichandran Ashwin 10 1 37 1 3.70 1
Suresh Raina 3 9 1 3

This match will be crucial for India to determine whom to play in their first match against arch-rivals Pakistan. As things stand, Rohit looks like India’s best bet. Afghanistan started well, hitting the very wayward Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav all over the place. India’s pace bowling needs to find its groove before their opening clash or the 5-0 winning streak against Pakistan might not stay.

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