Bibhu Prasad Ray

Team India are all set to start their 3-match T20 series against Afghanistan today in Mohali, Punjab. Rohit Sharma will captain the side after a gap of one year following the T20 semi-final of World T20 2022 vs England. However, India will miss the services of star batsman Virat Kohli who will not play the first T20 due to personal reasons. 

Ahead of the T20 series, Afghanistan suffered a major blow with Rashid Khan ruling out of the T20 series as the mystery spinner is recovering from lower back surgery.

Weather Report

The temperature in Mohali is expected to hover around 9 to 12 degree Celsius today. As the match will start at 7:00 IST, there is a possibility of fog during the match. 

Pitch Report

The pitch in Mohali will offer some movement to the fast bowlers, but it is expected to be batting-friendly pitch as the batsman will enjoy batting on this track. The average first innings score in Mohali is around 180.

Probable XI

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan

Afghanistan: Ibrahim Zadran (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

The match will be broadcasted on the Sports 18 network and live streamed on the Jio Cinema App.