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The big scalp!

Kohli has fallen and can you believe it, the delivery was there to be hit!! Short and and wide from Nabi and asking to be cut; Kohli attempted to play a forceful shot off the back foot, but could only crack it to short third man. Maybe lack of pace did the trick. And perhaps Kohli tried to hit it too hard. Whatever the case, the Afghanistan camp is thrilled to bits.

Another incision

Shankar, the all rounder, looked in decent touch before falling LBW to Rahmat. Even when Vijay Shankar has played List A games for Tamil Nadu - going back to 2011-12 against Andhra and Goa in the VH trophy - sweep wasn't one of his favourite shots. He doesn't bend quickly enough and was trapped in front. The all rounder took the review but to no avail.

Kohli - class personified

It has been another of those impressive knocks from Kohli. In fact, everyone is perhaps running out of superlatives and adjectives to describe Kohli by now. On a track that is helping spinners a bit, he has put on a masterclass so far. He has employed his wrists to knock the ball into gaps on either side of the wicket. A strike rate of over 100 encapsulates the point.

Rahul falls... once more after a start

Unfortunately for India, against the run of play, KL was dismissed by Nabi. He tried a fancy reverse sweep and could only crack it to the fielder at short third man. Not exactly the shot a batsman would want to play on a pitch which is stopping and gripping a tad.

Kohli, KL prop up India

Kohli has looked classy since striding to the crease. A punch here and a few flicks through the on side. Mujeeb is the one bowler who has kept the Indian duo guessing. He has gone for just 18 runs over six overs. With the surface aiding spin, his variations have become doubly dangerous. However, Afghanistan's fielding has again been below par.

Mujeeb fires out Rohit

The track seems to be a touch slow and is perhaps gripping a tad. The duo of Rohit and KL Rahul had a few issues while playing on the up. Eventually, Mujeeb castled Rohit with the one that gripped and tuned across the prolific opener (carrom ball). What a huge wicket to take!! And Afghanistan are cock-a-hoop.

Remember, Rohit has been in sublime form but not his day. If anything, good tactics from Afghanistan as Rohit likes pace on the ball upfront.

It could have been worse for India, but KL's uppish drives flew between the 'keeper and wide slip. I have never understood gaps in the slip cordon.

Toss and teams

India have won the toss and rightly opted to bat. The idea is to put runs on the board and test the inexperienced side. The track looks quite dry though.

Kohli: Going to bat first. Looks like a really good wicket. Nice and hard. Beautiful day to play cricket. One forced change. Bhuvi out and Shami in. Vijay showed a lot of composure in the last game. Brings balance with bat and ball and he's good as anyone in the world in the field. Whether we're playing a team which is very strong or a team coming up the ranks, our mindset is the same. Can't take Afghanistan lightly. Dangerous side when they get in the groove. Can't take any team lightly in the World Cup. Focus is within our group, what we want to do.

Naib: Wanted to bat first. It will be a long day, looking forward to the end of the day. Noor Ali not playing, Hazrat in the side. Dawlat also not playing, Aftab in the side. Happy with batting performance against England, playing the fifty overs.

India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib(c), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

"It's a big ground. Bowling from the Pavilion End, the straight hit is 80 meters. Square boundaries are relatively shorter. It's an even longer straight hit from the other end. In essence, it's about trying to ensure you're protecting the short boundaries. This is a beauty. Gets your pads on. If you're from the subcontinent, you'll love the brown shade. See off the first five overs and then bat and bat well," is what Ramiz Raja and Pommie Mbangwa make of the pitch and conditions.

No changes?

"Don't see any changes apart from Shami for Bhuvneshwar," is the word from our man in Southampton, Ganesh. So India are expected to play the same team then.

Prelude:

If we take a time machine and travel to a bygone era in 1721, we can trace the origins of Indian cricket. As per Clement Downing, in his long-titled book, which was published in 1737, the sailors from East India Company did play a game of cricket in Cambay, approximately 250 miles north of Mumbai and around 30 miles west of Baroda. This was just the second known instance of cricket being played outside of England after some traders partook in the sport in Aleppo, Syria.

Since then, not just decades but centuries have gone by, and cricket has grown by leaps and bounds in the South Asian country. The unexpected 1983 World Cup triumph ensured it became a game of the masses. MS Dhoni cracking the iconic six at the Wankhede in the 2011 World Cup final to seal the triumph was another glittering milestone in the history of Indian cricket.

So can Virat Kohli's men repeat the feat in 2019 in England? The side has certainly started on the right note, winning games versus South Africa, Australia and Pakistan comfortably. With one game versus New Zealand getting washed out. The Asian nation now will aim to continue their winning run versus the lowly-ranked Afghanistan side in Southampton.

Despite Bhuvneshwar's fitness concerns and Dhawan being ruled out of the tournament due to a thumb injury, India are one of the sides to beat in the World Cup. Bumrah, Kuldeep and Co. have put up consistent performances with the ball while Rohit Sharma has been in sublime form.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan seem to be ravaged by infighting. However, on a positive note, they did bat out their quota of 50 overs against England. Can the Gulbadin-led Afghanistan side give their fancied opponents a run for the money? Or will it be another of those one-sided encounters?

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Meanwhile, Bumrah shares views on the challenges of bowling on flat decks of England

Toss and teams in a while...

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