Tough choice between the two teams, no? On the one hand, after all that IPL nonsense, it feels good to get behind the international barricades and root for your team in a typical jingoist fashion. But on the other, this Afghan team has done immensely well in a very short time. Yes, they’re an Associate team, but only a few years back, they were Division Five of the World Cricket League (whatever that is). In short notice, they’ve come to rival Ireland, Netherlands, Canada, UAE — all teams that have been on the block for ages now.
So, a compromise: I want India to win the match (if only because the World Cup will be dreadful without them). But I don’t want Afghanistan to be clobbered the way Ireland was tonight. Can a bookie arrange this for me?