The 10th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 will see India locking horns against Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 11 at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
India’s ICC World Cup 2023 campaign began with a six-wicket victory over Australia in Chennai. KL Rahul, along with the batting maestro Virat Kohli, orchestrated the entire victory, rescuing India from a precarious 2/3 start within just two overs, turning the game around.
Indian openers Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma both had a disappointing start, registering ducks, and to make matters worse, Shreyas Iyer was also dismissed without scoring a run. However, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul then took charge at the crease, cleaning up the Australian bowlers with calculated shots.
While Kohli departed after scoring 85 runs off 116 balls, KL Rahul remained unbeaten, standing tall, and sealed the game with a massive six against Pat Cummins, falling just three runs short of his World Cup century.
On the other hand, Afghanistan had a rough start to their World Cup 2023 venture as Bangladesh overwhelmed them in the opening game. Afghanistan were bowled out for 156 runs, with no effective counter to the relentless Bangladesh bowlers.
Heading into this match, India seeks to maintain their winning momentum, while Afghanistan is resolute about bouncing back. Yet, it won’t be a walk in the park for them against the star-studded Indian squad, they’ll need to bring their top form to compete.
Before that, let’s take a look at the pitch report, stats, ODI, and ground records of Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi:
IND vs AFG: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi Pitch Report
The first match played at this Arun Jaitley Stadium between South Africa and Sri Lanka saw a high-scoring affair as a whopping 754 runs were piled up on the scoreboard, indicating that this pitch is a paradise for batters, allowing them to go all-out from the very start. Bowlers will have little room for error here.
The team winning the toss should opt to bat first, aiming to set a mammoth total on the board and then defend it in the second half. Anything above 300 runs will be a challenging target here, while anything less than 300 can be chased down at this venue.
IND vs AFG: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi Pitch Stats, and ODI Records
- Total matches 29
- Matches won batting first 14
- Matches won bowling first 14
- Average 1st Inns scores 230
- Average 2nd Inns scores 207
- Highest total recorded 428/5 (50 Ov) by RSA vs SL
- Lowest total recorded 99/10 (27.1 Ov) by RSA vs IND
- Highest score chased 281/4 (40.5 Ov) by IND vs SL
- Lowest score defended 174/7 (50 Ov) by NZW vs INDW
IND vs AFG: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi Weather Report
Delhi is set for a sunny Wednesday, with temperatures ranging from 29°C to 35°C. Rain is not in the forecast, so the game should proceed without interruptions. Expect a humidity level of about 50%, with the wind blowing at approximately 13 km/h.