India gave its fans a reason to cheer as they thrashed Scotland by eight wickets with 81 balls to spare in their third match of the 20-20 World Cup. The Virat Kohli-led side also managed to beat Afghanistan by 66 runs to keep their semifinal hopes alive. Owing to the two dominating performances, India’s net run rate spiked to the best in Group B.
However, a run rate boost alone won't do the job for India. India's fate relies on New Zealand vs Afghanistan match. If Afghanistan manage to beat New Zealand, India's chances of qualifying will take a massive spike.
The two teams are set to cross swords on November 7. Ahead of the match, Indian fans have gone berserk and have set Twitter ablaze with memes wishing a win for Afghanistan.
Indian want afg win #AfgvsNZ
Le afg be like pic.twitter.com/ke9rnOed18
— Shubham Jain (@Shubham09273730) November 5, 2021
— MansiMishra🇮🇳 (@_MansiMishra) November 5, 2021
Indian to afghan team-
“Kuch soche ho NZ ko kaise haraoge?”
— Anand Bhai (@AnandBhai_) November 5, 2021
— Sanjay Mogal (@Sanjaymogal4) November 5, 2021
While Afghanistan will start the match as underdogs, New Zealand won't take them for granted. Given the conditions, Afghanistan seems a formidable side with a deadly spin attack. In the previous few games, New Zealand batters have struggled against spin and things will be stiffer against Afghanistan. Barring the India game, Afghanistan have shown great intent and even came close to defeating Pakistan.