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Preparations and Challenges Ahead for Indian Cricket Team in Florida

The forecast for the match day is not promising; scattered thunderstorms are predicted, which means the match might be either totally disrupted or partially cut short. Having already secured their place in the Super 8 stage, the Indian team remains unperturbed by the floods that have swamped parts of the city. They have canceled their scheduled net session for Friday.

Should the match take place against the Saad Bin Zafar side, it will be an opportunity for the team to reinforce their strategies, choices, and beliefs demonstrated so far in the championship. The XI selected for the three games in the competition has been chosen to take on a spin through the middle phases of the game better than any other side. If they get match time on Saturday, it will be an ideal moment to press on with the approach, especially since there will be an assortment of spinners bowling during the middle phase in the Super 8 matches.

With four left-handed batters in the middle - Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, followed by Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel - interspersing with right-handed batters Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya across the batting order, it will be crucial to maintain the left-right combination to effectively fight spin. They should continue this strategy consistently to prepare for tougher matches ahead, particularly against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

And as for Kohli, there may not be much he has to do that he has not done in his career or the recent IPL. His scores of 1 (vs Ireland), 4 (vs Pakistan), and 0 (vs the USA) have certainly not lived up to his reputation and expectations but big scores from his bat are around the corner.

From the Canadian perspective, they are out of the Super 8 race. A victory against India might seem a bit far-fetched but Canada will be hoping that they can emulate their neighbor USA in running India close. A victory against Ireland earlier in the competition and the fight shown against Pakistan will serve as inspiration for them.


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