India bring in all-rounder Thakur for Afghanistan match

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India dropped off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and brought in seam-bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur for their second match of the 50-overs World Cup against Afghanistan on Wednesday.

Afghanistan captain Hashmatullah Shahidi won the toss and elected to bat on a hot afternoon at New Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium.

“We will bat first. It looks like a good batting surface,” Shahidi said.

Ashwin was part of India’s three-pronged spin attack in Chennai where they beat five-time champions Australia in a low-scoring contest.

India are without opener Shubman Gill, who has been laid low by dengue fever, which kept him out of the match against Australia.

In his absence, Ishan Kishan will retain his place as skipper Rohit Sharma’s opening partner for the hosts.

Rohit said they wanted to bat second anyway, considering how dew in the evening could make gripping the ball difficult in the second innings.

“It was a good game (against Australia) for us, hopefully we can repeat that and keep the momentum going forward.”