India vs Afghanistan: Rain Threat Looms Large Over One-off Test in Bengaluru

Published - 10 Jun 2018, 10:33 PM

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Afghanistan will be high on confidence as they get ready to take on India in their inaugural Test match starting from 14th June in Bengaluru.

It will be a historic encounter for the Afghan team. However, there are high possibilities of showers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru when the game will be in progress. Hence, the match can be marred due to weather issues.

It will be disappointing for Afghanistan if the match would turn out to be a washout. However, if the rain would interrupt the game short for the short span, then it shouldn’t be a major worry as Chinnaswamy has tremendous drainage facilities.

The management in Bengaluru has installed the sub-surface and vacuum-powered drainage system. It won’t allow excessive rain to clog on the field.

The outfield of Chinnaswamy can drain out water 36 times faster than the normal standards. Hence in all likelihood, a short spell of rain won’t have a huge bearing on the outcome of the match.

Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

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Afghanistan has a pretty impressive team and has quality players to pose a threat or two to the No. 1 ranked Test team in the world. Their team is loaded with top-class spinners in the form 19-year-old Rashid Khan leading the way.

Mystery spinner Mujeeb-ur Rahman, another teenage spinner has a lot on an offer He castled Virat Kohli with a sensational delivery in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

Asghar Stanikzai-led side has Mohammad Nabi, who has seen the rise of Afghanistan from very close quarters. He will also play a big role for the Afghans.

Meanwhile coming back to the home team, they will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who is still nursing a neck injury. In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the side.

India has banked on their spinners in home conditions to rule the roost. However, it might not the same this time around. They are well aware of the fact that Afghanistan has some serious spinners in their line-up and can pose a potential threat to the middle order.

It will be a difficult task for Afghanistan without a doubt, but they won’t go down without a fight. Hence, the pitch conditions will be an interesting aspect to see on the opening day of the match.

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