Cricket World Cup U.S.A. TV: How to Watch India vs. Afghanistan, Live Stream, Odds

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India captain Virat Kohli high fives team mate Rohit Sharma as Sharma takes a single to reach his century during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and India at Old Trafford on June 16 in Manchester, England. Visionhaus/Getty

The notion of David taking on Goliath might be an overused cliché in sports, but few metaphors better describe the challenge facing Afghanistan when it takes on India on Saturday.

The latter is ranked second in the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings, while Afghanistan sits in 10th place, the lowest ranking among the teams at the World Cup.

India is yet to taste defeat, dispatching South Africa and Australia with composure and dominating the highly charged contest against Pakistan on Sunday.

Ahead of the tournament, only England had shorter odds than India to win the trophy and Virat Kohli's men remain the bookmakers' second favorite to be crowned world champions at 2/1, just behind England at 7/4.

A win on Saturday would put India on nine points after five games, almost mathematically securing a place in the semifinals.

When and where is the game?

India takes on Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton on Saturday, June 22, with play scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET).

TV channel and live stream

The game will be broadcast in the U.S. by Willow TV and Hotstar, with a live stream available via Sling TV.

The latter is one of the official partners of Willow TV and is available across various platforms such as Apple TV, iOS, Android TV, XBOX, Chrome TV, Fire TV and Roku.

Match odds

India is the overwhelming favorite ahead of the game and it's hard to objectively make a case for Afghanistan. The latter is a massive 11/1 to cause what would be one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Cricket World Cup, while India is 1/33 to extend its winning run.

At 10/3, Kohli is the bookmakers' choice to be the top scoring batsman, followed by Rohit Sharma at 7/2. The former is still looking for his first century at this World Cup after scoring 82 against Australia and 77 against Pakistan, while the latter has already passed the 100-run threshold twice in three games.

Form

Alongside New Zealand, India remains the only unbeaten team left in the competition. However, while the Black Caps have occasionally stumbled over the line, India have dominated games at will.

Against Pakistan on Sunday, the 2011 champions piled on the runs, with Sharma scoring 140 and Kohli and K.L. Rahul adding a combined 134 between them.

India's performance with the ball was just as impressive, with Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya taking two wickets each as soon as Pakistan looked to build up a head of steam.

The feel-good factor, however, has been somewhat tempered by the injury to Shikhar Dhawan. The opening batsman missed the last two games after fracturing his left thumb against Australia on June 9 and was ruled out of the tournament earlier this week.

Dhawan, who scored 117 off 109 balls against Australia, averages 44.91 in ODI and will be a major loss for India, who has called up wicketkeeper-batsman Rishab Pant as replacement.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, has no injury concerns but its ego was badly bruised in a brutal defeat against England on Tuesday.

The lowest-ranked team in the tournament racked up a series of unwanted records, conceding the highest ever number of runs in a World Cup–397–and the highest number of sixes in an ODI innings–25.

Rashid Khan conceded 110 runs in nine overs for no wickets, the worst-ever figures for any bowler in the history of the World Cup.

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