India are out of the Asia Cup and will be playing for pride when they take on Afghanistan in their last match on Wednesday.

 

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Date: Wednesday, March 5

Start time: 8 a.m. GMT (2 p.m. local)

Live on: Star Life OK (Sky Channel 783, UK)

Weather: Accuweather predicts a warm day with highs of around 30 degrees Celsius. There will be some clouds about, but there is no rain predicted so expect a full day's play.

 

Overview

India and Afghanistan square off in the Asia Cup on Wednesday, but even a win with a bonus point will not be enough to help India progress. 

The world champions' performances have been mediocre in the tournament thus far, and barring a couple of individual efforts, as a team they have not quite clicked. They are far stronger than Afghanistan on paper and a win should be expected, but they will be playing for pride rather than progress.

The Asia Cup has offered some excellent contests and a unique opportunity for a team like Afghanistan to test themselves against some of the best teams in the world. They managed to beat Bangladesh and push Pakistan close, but their batting crumbled against Sri Lanka in their previous game. 

Afghanistan's coach was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying it's the experience that counts and what will help them get better. He told the website:

If you compare, [Ajantha] Mendis and the fast-bowling attack, they play everywhere and they know what the name of the game is. I personally think that, I'm not saying we would have won the game, but it's the experience. If we play more matches, under pressure, against good bowling, again and again, I think results after 10 matches will be different.

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The India challenge will be a different beast altogether, especially for the bowlers. Containing Virat Kohli should not be their main focus, but it almost certainly is one of the most important ones.

With little more than a feel good win up for grabs, India's players might play a little differently. With no real pressure on them, they all have the freedom to go out and express themselves.

 

Key players

India

Virat Kohli is India's most talented batsman and has scored 189 runs in the tournament at an average of 63.00. Against the inexperienced bowling attack of Afghanistan, he has the perfect chance to add to his ever-growing century tally and set India up for a big win.

 

Afghanistan

Mirwais Ashraf has put in a few decent efforts for Afghanistan with the ball, taking two wickets against Pakistan and two against Sri Lanka. He managed just one against Bangladesh, but if it's the big teams that rile him up to churn out performances, India offers the perfect opportunity to shine. 

 

Squads

Afghanistan

Mohammad Nabi (capt), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar StanikzaiDawlatZadran, Fazal Niazai, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq,Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Noor AliZadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran

 

India

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit SharmaVirat Kohli (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, RAshwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey

All squad details and statistics via ESPNCricinfo.