IND vs AFG: IS Bindra Stadium Mohali Pitch Report | T20I Records & Stats, Weather Forecast for IND vs AFG 1st T20I
IND vs AFG: IS Bindra Stadium Mohali Pitch Report

IND vs AFG: Team India’s first outing in the shortest format of the game is set to be staged at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. The first T20I of the three-match T20I series between India and Afghanistan will be played on 11 January 2024 starting at 7:00 PM IST. This post reads the IS Bindra Stadium Mohali Pitch Report, T20I Records & Stats, and Weather Forecast for IND vs AFG 1st T20I.

Every you hear the word ‘Mohali’, Kohli’s 82* knock will be the first thing to click as fans witnessed one of the best T20I chases that evening if not the best. Mohali cricket lovers will have to wait more for that man to enter the field as Virat is unavailable for the IND vs AFG 1st T20I due to some personal reasons. But Rohit Sharma is back in the shorted format of the game and will lead the side.

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Virat and Rohit | Pic: X

With Rohit Sharma back to the team, Head Coach Rahul Dravid confirms his opening pair will be Jaiswal and we have Gill at 3. Tilak Verma and Rinku Singh are sure to be in the playing 11. Sanju Samson, who just pushed his way back with his first-ever international ODI century in South Africa, appears to have temporarily avoided the challenge from the hard-hitting finisher Jitesh Sharma and might be included in the starting eleven.

Next, we have Axar and Kuldeep, two excellent spinners. A final chance for those on the margins of contention for a World Cup ticket is offered in the absence of a few big stars in the pace-bowling department specifically.

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Afghanistan | Pic: Twitter, ICC

Afghanistan have always been a strong team when it comes to playing on the spinning wickets of the subcontinent. Though Rashid Khan is ruled out of the series as he has not fully recovered from the back injury, they have plenty of quality spinners in their arsenal.

IND vs AFG 1st T20I Match Detail:

Tournament: Afghanistan tour of India 2024

Venue:  Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

Date & Time: January 11, 07:00 PM (IST)

Live Streaming Detail: Jio Cinema, Sports18 TV Channel

Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium Mohali Pitch Report

Although the PCA Stadium is known as a batter’s paradise, the wickets have also aided pacers early in the game and assisted spinners later on. However, in a Twenty20 competition, the wicket is anticipated to stay the same for the majority of the match, with the dew effect probably coming into play later.

Australia chased a score of 209 in the most recent Twenty20 International at the venue. The fact that Mohali’s first-inning scores average 183 is more evidence of the pitches’ batting-friendly characteristics. Additionally, the side chasing has won four T20I matches altogether, compared to two while batting first, according to the venue’s overall record.

IS Bindra Stadium T20I Records:

Matches Played: 6

Batting 1st won: 2

Batting 2nd won: 4

Highest Score: 211/4 by India vs Sri Lanka

Lowest Score: 149/5 by South Africa vs India

Average score: 183

Mohali Weather Forecast:

Winter is in full swing in Northern parts of India at the moment. Thursday, January 11th, is predicted to be a very chilly evening in Mohali, with a high temperature of 14°C and a low of 9°C in the late afternoon. Rain is not expected on matchday or in the days preceding the game.

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