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Misfiring India not reaching for calculators in win-or-bust clash

Misfiring India not reaching for calculators in win-or-bust clash

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India's galacticos will crash out of the Twenty20 World Cup if they lose to Afghanistan today but even victory may not be enough to save the tournament favourites.

A 10-wicket loss to arch-rivals Pakistan followed by an equally sobering 8-wicket defeat to New Zealand has left Virat Kohli's side without a point after two games.

Pakistan lead the group with 6 points while Afghanistan already have 4.

"We won't be good at maths anyways being cricketers," said India batting coach Vikram Rathour. "I think this calculation comes into the picture, come into focus when we get to the last game and when the other results are out," he added.

India have struggled for runs at the World Cup, posting 151 against Pakistan and 110 in the game with New Zealand.

Amongst the batsmen, only Kohli, with 57 against Pakistan, has managed to pass 40 in two games. The team as a whole has managed just six sixes.

Afghanistan have launched 22 sixes in three games with eight of their players getting on the board for the maximum score.

Afghanistan have also not suffered the same batting insecurities as India, piling up 190 against Scotland, 147 facing Pakistan and then 160 in the game against Namibia.

Meanwhile, in the day’s first match, New Zealand will face Scotland in Dubai, UAE.