India have to play in tough conditions – cold weather and artificial turf – as they try to extend their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup. When India landed in Dushanbe on Wednesday, they were greeted with a mercury hovering around 6-7 degrees Celsius. India's coach Igor Stimac was different from the physical presence and stamina of the Afghan side and said it would be a tough match.
Meanwhile, Anush Dastagiv, the head coach in Afghanistan, mentioned that while not their own, they get "confidence" when playing in Dushanbe. "People here speak our language. We feel at home. Whenever we play in front of an Afghan audience, we never achieve positive results.