The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is in full swing, and cricket fans around the globe are eagerly anticipating a showdown between India and Afghanistan. The ninth match of this prestigious tournament will take place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.

India enters the contest with momentum, having secured a remarkable victory against Australia in their previous encounter. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul emerged as the day’s heroes in a display of exceptional cricketing prowess. Kohli’s brilliant innings, featuring 84 runs, was a testament to his batting prowess. Meanwhile, Rahul’s unbeaten score of 97* showcased his unwavering determination and skill. The Indian bowlers also made their mark. Ravindra Jadeja taking three crucial wickets and Kuldeep Yadav contributing with two dismissals.

In contrast, Afghanistan finds themselves at a crossroads after a disappointing start. Their inaugural match against Bangladesh saw their batting lineup falter, leading to a meager total of just 156 runs. Despite a spirited effort by their bowlers, Afghanistan faced defeat as Bangladesh chased down the target with six wickets to spare. As they prepare to face India, Afghanistan’s batting department must transform significantly to rekindle their World Cup aspirations.

The clash between India and Afghanistan promises to be a high-stakes affair, with both teams vying for supremacy in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi will witness intense action, drawing the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Fans await the outcome of this pivotal match, wondering if India can maintain their winning streak or if Afghanistan can stage a remarkable comeback.

Probable Playing XI


– Rohit Sharma (c)

– Ishan Kishan

– Virat Kohli

– Shreyas Iyer

– KL Rahul (wk)

– Hardik Pandya

– Ravindra Jadeja

– Ravichandran Ashwin

– Kuldeep Yadav

– Jasprit Bumrah

– Mohammed Siraj


– Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)

– Ibrahim Zadran

– Rahmat Shah

– Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)

– Mohammad Nabi

– Najibullah Zadran

– Azmatullah Omarzai

– Rashid Khan

– Mujeeb Ur Rahman

– Naveen-ul-Haq

– Fazalhaq Farooqi

Key Players to Watch

KL Rahul: Since his return from injury, KL Rahul has displayed exceptional batting form. His match-winning performances in the Asia Cup and ODIs against Australia, along with his unbeaten 97 against Australia in the current World Cup campaign, make him India’s  key player.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: The Afghan opener showcased his prowess with a resilient 47 against Bangladesh and recently achieved his career-best ODI score of 151. His contributions will be crucial to Afghanistan’s prospects in this pivotal match.

Match Prediction

India boasts a superior team in quality and experience compared to Afghanistan. With a formidable batting lineup and an in-form bowling attack, India enters this contest as clear favorites. Rohit Sharma’s squad is poised to secure another victory and continue their winning streak in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.

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