The Indian basketball team will take on Palestine in the final round of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers in Jeddah on Saturday.
India had gone up against hosts Saudi Arabia earlier on Friday. The top two teams from the three-team group will go through to the main FIBA Asia Cup 2021 tournament, which is now rescheduled to be held in Jakarta in July next year after the COVID pandemic-induced postponements.
During the first round of qualifiers, India had finished third out of four nations in Group D, with Lebanon and Bahrain qualifying for the FIBA Asia Cup. However, their position enabled India to have a second shot at entry to the main tournament via the ongoing final round qualifiers.
World No. 78 India scored 445 points and conceded 523 in Group D while world No. 83 Palestine scored 516 points and conceded 473 in Group F during the first round of qualifiers.
Led by Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, India have a strong squad with players such as Amjyot Singh Gill, Muin Bek Hafeez, Amritpal Singh and Aravind Annadurai. They are, however, without Princepal Singh, who became the first Indian to win an NBA trophy - the NBA Summer League - with the Sacramento Kings earlier this week.
Palestine have veteran campaigners like Sani Sakakini and Kyndall Dykes in their ranks.
Thirteen countries have made it so far to the FIBA Asia Cup 2021. Two out of Saudi Arabia, India and Palestine and one from Group G (Guam and Chinese Taipei) will complete the 16-team line-up.
Where to watch India vs Palestine FIBA Asia Cup 2021 final round qualifiers live?
The India vs Palestine FIBA Asia Cup 2021 final round qualifiers basketball match will be available on live streaming on FIBA’s official YouTube channel here and livebasketball.tv.
The India vs Palestine FIBA Asia Cup 2021 qualifiers basketball match starts at 8:45 PM IST on August 21.
Indian basketball team for FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers
India squad: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (captain), Arvind Krishnan, Pratyanshu Tomar, Pranav Prince, Muin Bek Hafeez, Joginder Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Sahaij Pratap Singh Sekhon, Amjyot Singh Gill, Aravind Annadurai, Amritpal Singh, Prashant Singh Rawat.