Dubai: India should have left a carrot dangling in front of Afghanistan by not overhauling their net run rate.
India played the perfect game against Scotland, won the all important toss and bowled them out for the score they wanted to which was 85. In order to go ahead of Afghanistan’s net run rate, India had to win within 7.1 overs and India achieved the target in 6.3 overs which was great but have they done the right thing?
Some people might wonder what am I saying after such an emphatic victory. The point I am coming to is that Afghanistan now know that India is ahead in the net run rate and will have to bat very big against the Kiwis as just a win won’t do good as India’s last game is against minnows Namibia and India will probably have an easy win.
So in going for a big win, Afghanistan might push the self destruct button which might play in to the hands of the smart Kiwis led by Kane Williamson.
The advantage Afghanistan have is that they have been in Abu Dhabi for the last one week and know the conditions better and if Mujeeb Ur Rahman is fit he might cause problems to the Kiwi batsman along with Rashid Khan.
Come Sunday 1.3 billion Indian fans along with 40 million Afghanistan fans will pray that Afghanistan win and India gets a lifeline or else it would be curtains for team India.
Can’t wait for Sunday.