Day 38: India 163-4 (Dhoni 14, Jadhav 17) Gulbadin only has to do another sewing, and he takes the curious decision to go ahead now, with himself as the launcher. Dhoni takes his chance, hitting the first ball to his first four. This seems terribly like a turning point.
Also coming back: Brian Withington. "The rhetorical question of OB Jato in over 24 years has made me think about predestination and mortality (again)," he writes. "Professor Brian Cox has a similar effect in describing the entropy and the inevitable heat death of the universe. Please can you assure us that there will always be an OBO inbox for Abhijato Sensarma (over 13) and other good souls to fill out? And as I write this, Kohli is out – can I safely ignore my statement now?
37th over: India 156-4 (Dhoni 8, Jadhav 16) Back comes Rashid Khan as Gulbadin turns his four slow men of the apocalypse. This is the 28th day of today, and Jadhav has had enough – after four points, he pulls, savagely, for four. Rashid bounces back, taking the top edge with his googly, but falls safely to the left of the goalkeeper.
Day 36: India 152-4 (Dhoni 8, Jadhav 12) Another test was done by Mujeeb, who even dodges, claiming he was caught from behind, not given. If Afghanistan had a review, they could be using it now. And this is drinks, with Afghanistan at the top, although the Indian spinners are keeping an eye on this field as if it were a lunch at the Lord's.
Sunny Gill has been listening to the TMS. "The BBC commentary in the last 10 minutes," he reports, "seems to think Kuldeep Yadav is at the staff, not Kedar Jadhav!" The fools.
Day 35: India 151-4 (Dhoni 8, Jadhav 11) Even more singles – five of them, out of Nabi. That would be annoying if it were not increasing the chances of Afghanistan stealing a victory.
34th: India 146-4 (Dhoni 6, Jadhav 8) Gulbadin turns to Mujeeb, the master of the ball, and he delivers only three singles. For the good of the game, we need the Dhoni to knock out or leave, so Hardik Pandya can enter.
Here's Matt Dony, getting in the Jet business (24 and 30 overs). "While we are on the subject of people related to people," he murmurs, "I can simply clarify that I am definitely not related to MS Dhoni. But I like to hear comments about him doing well; I can feel successful. Hoping for the good of the tournament, he does not do very well today. "
33 more: India 143-4 (Dhoni 5, Jadhav 6) Nabi continues and goes to five as Jadhav shows some urgency. Dhoni did not show anything: he has five balls out of 20. Sunil Gavaskar would approve.
Day 32: India 138-4 (Dhoni 4, Jadhav 2) Rahmat pauses to go as something of a gif involving Mike Gatting. It's starting outside, so it's harmless. Out of the last five overs, the world's kings got 14-1.
Day 31: India 136-4 (Dhoni 4, Jadhav 1) A moment to savor for Mohammad Nabi, who now has numbers 7-0-23-2. Princely. Two more wickets and they're in that long tail. It all depends on Dhoni.
POSTIGO !! Kohli c Rahmat b Nabi 67 (India 135-4)
The big! Nabi keeps pulling away and Kohli makes a cut to the far back, where Rahmat makes a good dive, moving forward. Game on
Day 30: India 133-3 (Kohli 66, Dhoni 3) Back comes Rahmat, who was just changing sides. Dhoni is stroking the covers as well as Kohli except that Dhoni's photos are going to the only man who is saving the single. India has not yet run away with it: perhaps this predictor of punctuation was right.
My question about Abhijato (24th) elicited an answer. "Ah, I am!" He exclaims, suddenly turning into a Jane Austen character. "OB Jato is my pseudonym, which helps people get around the frankly complicated pronunciation of my formal name in everyday life … It's also easier to remember for people who follow my writing and / or musical works on the Internet: )" Clear.
Day 29: India 128-3 (Kohli 62, Dhoni 2) Rahmat is withdrawn, unexpectedly, when Nabi returns and holds him tight. Afghans are managing to keep Kohli off strike, which may be as close as it can get to thwart him.
A good place for Romeo. "This is the 14th Rahmat wicket in 67 ODIs."
Day 28: India, 125-3 (Kohli 60, Dhoni 1) Rashid runs through him while Dhoni makes his usual scratchy start. Rashid has 5-0-26-0, which should be pure happiness after the blow he took the other day.
27 more: India 124-3 (Kohli 59, Dhoni 1) Then, the success of Rahmat, who straightened that just enough. And here comes the Old Man Dhoni who could easily raise his feet now that India has two wicketkeepers on board. Gulbadin gives him a slip. Steve Waugh would have a slip, a gully, a short leg and a silly spot.
Shut up! Shankar LBW b Rahmat 29 (India 122-3)
Aleem Dar did it right – hitting the stump of his leg. Not the greatest, but worth having.
26 more: India 122-2 (Kohli 58, Shankar 28) Just when the game is threatening to go to sleep, Kohli notices a long jump from Rashid and plays with both whip that you can serve in a cone and charge £ 2.50 for it.
25 more: India 115-2 (Kohli 53, Shankar 27) Shankar grabs Rahmat over the extra cover, from the inside out, to his best shot of the day, and that's another fifty partnership out of 63 balls. A moment before, the punctuation predictor was giving India 298. I would say 330, for what it's worth: eight or nine one for the second half of the turn. Come on Gulbadin, conjure a shutter.
Day 24: India 109-2 (Kohli 52, Shankar 22) Rashid continues, which means both batters can wear caps. A decent finish ends with a googly squeezing Kohli's cushions.
"Death, taxes and a masterclass of Virat Kohli," says OB Jato, "the three things that are right in life." Is he by chance related to our friend Abhijato?
23 more: India 105-2 (Kohli 51, Shankar 19) Gulbadin withdraws and turns to Rahmat Shah, then it is a rotation of both ends. He has a slip, which is certainly true, but Shankar takes advantage of a half-turn and receives four points with the strength of a field lost in the depths.
Where is Brian Withington when you need him? Right here. "As a good host," he writes, "England did a lot to help the tournament stage of this tournament by losing twice already, thus alleviating somewhat the risk of the dreaded dead rubber syndrome. as India, as a dominant force in world cricket, shows similar consideration nowadays, and perhaps when they play in England as well?
22 more: India 98-2 (Kohli 50, Shankar 13) Kohli, facing Rashid, crosses to fifty 49 balls, with only four fours, but several hard pairs. It is the 93rd time it reaches fifty in one international day and the third in succession. What a champion he is.
21 more: India 91-2 (Kohli 47, Shankar 10) The singles continue to come out of Nabi. Gulbadin needs to make something happen.
Day 20: India 86-2 (Kohli 44, Shankar 8) Gulbadin retires and brings Rashid Khan. He is brave enough to throw his first ball to Kohli, who is relentless enough to cover by four. Kick a man when he's down, why are not you? In fact, Rashid does a good first, but his despair shows up in a very bad review.
It was a good ball, but there was a big advantage inside the fat.
Review! For LBW vs. Shankar
It's Rashid Khan, with his googly …
Day 19: India 79-2 (Kohli 38, Shankar 7) Nabi continues, without a single close supporter, when Afghanistan's best hope has to be to continue following the wickets. If you were stopping the races, it could make sense, but the singles are flowing.
Day 18: India 75-2 (Kohli 36, Shankar 5) Gulbadin tries a slower security against Kohli, who pulls and misses. Among them, the players managed to push him to the middle range. And this is drinks, with Afghanistan closely at the top, but India still threatens to get big.
In other cricket news, the women of England are playing in the West Indies. Here is Raf Nicholson's report.
May 17: India 73-2 (Kohli 35, Shankar 4) A little more of the Nabi who is so frugal, could have been Mujeeb himself.
And here's John Starbuck, picking up the Abhijato point (13th). "There used to be a case where a batter could oppose a substitute defender in a position of & quot; specialist & quot ;. Does this still happen? If so, to what extent does the "specialist" extend? "I do not think so, but I'm hoping to be corrected, probably by Romeo.
Day 16: India 71-2 (Kohli 34, Shankar 3) More singles out Gulbadin, who will be very happy to see Shankar knocking down the last ball attack.
Day 15: India 66-2 (Kohli 32, Shankar 1) Nabi well done, who has 2-0-6-1. He and Mujeeb, both offies, have 2-24 between them, while the seamers have 0-44. In a perfect world, Rishabh Pant would now be walking to join Kohli. In the real world, it is Vijay Shankar, who entered Pakistan to replace the injured Dhawan, eventually replacing the injured Kumar.
Postigo !! Rahul c Hazratullah b Nabi 30 (India 64-2)
Well, it's not what they wanted, but it will. Rahul suddenly pulls the reverse sweep and gives the easiest of the catches to the retraction point.
Day 14: India 64-1 (Rahul 30, Kohli 30) Gulbadin is milked again, but not four.
Day 13: India 59-1 (Rahul 26, Kohli 30) Mujeeb is withdrawn – well, he admitted a four – and replaced by another out-spinner, Nabi. It goes for three singles and a wide, like fifty partnership 51 balls appear.
If your inbox is empty, there is one person you can count on: Abhijato Sensarma. "If a player is injured," he thinks, "he does not go out to knock and his team only sends ten men; It should not be too crazy then suggest that the same team also have field with ten field players when the time comes! One possible counterargument to this is that bowling and batting are primary tasks, both of which become impossible to execute on injuries, while fielding is a secondary element of the game, but the point persists. This year's IPL, as well as the ongoing World Cup, have seen many substitute fielders do better than the ones that have been replaced, giving teams what could be seen as an unfair advantage. Your thoughts on the subject? "A word to the wise, Abhijato: choose your battles.
Day 12: India 55-1 (Rahul 24, Kohli 29) Gulbadin gives up slips, which is modest (as he is the pitcher himself), but certainly too deferential. Kohli is finding it all very easy, traveling by car three laps to two balls, while Rahul and Sharma together leave one in two. So Afghanistan simply has to take Kohli.
11 more: India 49-1 (Rahul 22, Kohli 26) Mujeeb finally gets a four, out of his 36th ball, while he arranges a full throw on Kohli's cushions and the present is accepted with gratitude. Kohli has 26 out of just 16 balls: anything Eoin can do …
10 plus: India 41-1 (Rahul 20, Kohli 20) Does Kohli go unmotivated? He is in a good mood now, advancing to cover the first ball of Gulbadin by three. He has already reached Rahul, after facing only 12 balls, for the 38 of Rahul. The powerplay ends with Afghanistan having the right to feel very satisfied with itself, while only wailing the fateful field will change.
9 more: India 36-1 (Rahul 19, Kohli 16) Same old story: another on that of Mujeeb goes for two singles.
Day 8: India 34-1 (Rahul 18, Kohli 15) Gulbadin is giving the single batsmen to midwicket, perhaps in an attempt to get them to LBW. Kohli just sees the gap and thinks "I'll have two there". Then he throws Aftab for four and pushes him to four more. We have two completely different ball games at the same time.
Day 7: India 20-1 (Rahul 17, Kohli 2) Mujeeb still asks questions and demands respect. It has numbers of 4-0-8-1, which would be great in any ODI, let alone a World Cup match against India.
Day 6: India 18-1 (Rahul 16, Kohli 1) India, the largest of all cricket nations currently, is reaffirmed while Rahul forces Aftab by four. Gulbadin blinks and fiddles with the field, moving first out, holding the second – and a regulating ledge passes straight through the opening. Oh gosh.
Day 5: India 9-1 (Rahul 7, Kohli 1) Thus, players from Afghanistan, far from being intimidated by the beating they took from England, recovered and started a textbook. Now they only need five more wickets to get to the long tail of India.
Shut up! Sharma b Mujeeb 1 (India 7-1)
Beauty! Sharma, who never was, is totally fooled by Mujeeb's carambola ball, which flings off the stump, grips, d shifts and takes out the bail clearance.
4th place: India 7-0 (Rahul 6, Sharma 1) Aftab is not fast, about 82 km / h, but it is busy and busy and gets some support. He keeps KL Rahul quiet and stays a maiden.
3rd on: India 7-0 (Rahul 6, Sharma 1) A further thriftier and another moral victory for Mujeeb as Rahul throws a curious shot, a top turning spinning approaching man in the short midwicket.
2 more: India 6-0 (Rahul 5, Sharma 1) It is sewn on the other end in the form of Aftab Alam. He's wearing a half-red, half-green headband, like a boy in the yard saying "I'm McEnroe." And Viv Richards. "Three again, with Rahul pushing the covers for a couple.
1 above: India 3-0 (Rahul 2, Sharma 1) The new ball is occupied by Mujeeb, the teenager away from home who was the best player in Afghanistan against England. He makes a neat start by awarding three singles and taking advantage of Rohit Sharma. The field seems slow.
Just a move to India, and this is reinforced, as Mohammad Shami comes to the injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar. So there is Pant, unfortunately for the crowd, and India has a long tail. The job of the Afghan attackers is to get to that point.
Gulbadin makes two changes, bringing back Hazratullah at the top of the order and Aftab at the bottom. Dawlat, the man who dropped Eoin Morgan on 28, paid the price, as if he had not already. But it will be good to see Hazratullah, who is 21 (thanks for the correction, Romeo) and is already in his second career. His first was as a security guard, at age 15, working at night. He had internet access and took the time to study his favorite players.
India 1 Sharma, 2 Rahul, 3 Kohli (captain), 4 Shankar, 5 Dhoni (wkt), 6 Pandya, 7 Jadhav, 8 Kuldeep, 9 Shami, 10 Chahal, 11 Bumrah.
Afghanistan 1 Hazratullah, 2 Gulbadin (captain), 3 Rahmat, 4 Hashmatullah, 5 Afghans, 6 Nabi, 7 Najibullah, 8 Rashid, 9 Ikram (wkt), 10 Aftab, 11 Mujeeb.
Toss: India bat first
Kohli wins the draw and chooses to beat. Gulbadin, still smiling, says he would have done the same.
Good morning to all and welcome to what can be the perfect incompatibility. It is the strongest team in the World Cup against the weakest. But the last time India met Afghanistan in Dubai last September, the result was … a draw. On behalf of the neutrals, I'm requesting one more.
A glass is not a suitable glass without some problems. England did their best as hosts to make the party go with a swing, stumbling to defeat Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But those two games are the only ones in which a team of the first four lost to one of the other six. Today, because of the tournament, the West Indies need to beat New Zealand, which has a record of 100pc when it comes to the field. The same goes for India, but the chances of Afghanistan provoking a shock seem a bit remote.
For Virat Kohli, who lost the draw in Dubai, the question is whether he will rest some of his great weapons and give a World Cup debut for Rishabh Pant. The rest is hardly necessary since India has played only three games so far but England showed yesterday that it is not wise to continue letting the same scouts do all the work because then when you are in a tight corner, spare parts be rusty and brittle. Pant is an exciting punching player who should surely be on the Indian squad first. He has it in him to be the Geoff Hurst of this team.
For Afghanistan, it is about overcoming his more recent experience, noting with disbelief how Eoin Morgan marked a century in six. "You're as good as your last game," people say – and that's absurd. A fireworks display is often followed by a failure and vice versa. Morgan went from hero to zero yesterday; Rashid Khan, his main victim on Tuesday, left a bruised ego and numbers of 9-0-110-0, is good enough to make the same journey in the opposite direction.
The departure is in Southampton, which tends to be a sporty surface with many races. The game starts at 10:30 in about 35 minutes.