Afghanistan vs India Group E World Cup Qualifier|14 November 2019
The Indian defence, which has looked shaky, will have to cope with the absence of their defensive stalwart, Sandesh Jhingan who is recuperating form a knee injury. Anas Edathodika is expected to replace him and partner Adil Khan in central defence, while youngsters like Narender Gahlot and Sarthak Golui could also be tried out in this game. The forward line has not looked impressive at all and it is high time for the likes of Manvir Singh and Farukh Chowdury to come to the fray and ease the pressure off captain Sunil Chhetri.
It is true that Afghanistan are ranked 149th in the world, 43 places below India and the Men in Blue enjoy a good head-to-head record against them, but the Afghans will be no pushover. Their campaign started on a disastrous note when they were walloped 0-6 against Qatar, but they won the next match against Bangladesh 1-0 only to be defeated by Oman 0-3 in the subsequent game. They currently occupy the third position in the table with three points, one above India who have two points in their kitty. An unpredictable, stubborn side, they have some good players in midfielders Farshad Noor and forwards Jabar Sharza and Khaibar Amani who can trouble any team on a given day.
Date: 14/11/2019 (Thursday)
Venue: Pamir Stadium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Time: 7:30 p.m IST
Telecast: Star Sports 3
Live Stream: Hotstar, Jio TV