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India vs Afghanistan | Vijay Struck by Bumrah Yorker in Nets, No Serious Injury

Karthik Lakshmanan |June 21, 2019, 7:24 AM IST
India vs Afghanistan | Vijay Struck by Bumrah Yorker in Nets, No Serious Injury

Southampton: "We're not thinking any side is easy. On a given day in cricket, any team can harm you. We're giving equal respect to everyone. Be it Afghanistan or Australia, our preparation is the same. We're going through our process, going through our routines. If we tick all the boxes, everything else is taken care of."

Jasprit Bumrah's words two days before India's match against Afghanistan in Southampton were full of cliches, but also full of truth.

India are sitting pretty in the top half of the table with three wins from four matches, one being washed out by rain. Afghanistan have lost each of their five games, and are dealing with plenty of off-field issues too. That's not stopping India from going full tilt in preparation, as they hit the nets for the second consecutive day at the Ageas Bowl after a couple of off-days following their win against Pakistan.

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The injury updates, first. Vijay Shankar received a blow on his foot by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker on Wednesday, and didn't practise on Thursday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who is set to miss upto three matches following a hamstring injury in the game against Pakistan, did not bowl too. The injured duo had fitness sessions and jogging under the watchful eyes of physio Patrick Farhart.

It's understood that Vijay's injury is not serious. A call on his participation in Saturday's match is likely to be taken over the next two days. In case he misses out, India have the options of Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant to turn to.

All the others had full-tilt session, beginning with fielding drills followed by a hit in the nets. Mohammed Shami, who is set to take the new ball following the injury to Bhuvneshwar, bowled a long spell too.

There was a bit of rain during the session but that didn't stop India from training. It hampered Afghanistan's practice plans; they were scheduled to train from 2pm.

Fortunately, the forecast for Saturday is clear with little chances of rain. This will be India's second match in Southampton, following their tournament opener against South Africa which they won by six wickets.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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