Familiar foes up against each other!
Afghanistan will win this match!
Afghanistan and Ireland are the latest teams to make a big mark in the international stages in the last 2-3 years with good performances. Both teams are in the ICC T20 World Cups to be played later this year in Australia.
Afghanistan qualified directly to the super 12 stages of the tournament while Ireland qualified through the qualifiers and will play in the group stages alongside 7 other teams. Ireland and Afghanistan will take this series to find their right combination and balance in the team going into the World Cup.
We can expect some cracking matches with sparkling individual contributions from players as they look to cement their place in the World Cup squad.
Afghanistan is one of the quality T20 team in the international stage and their players are most sought after in big leagues around the globe. Asghar Afghan takes over the captaincy stint from Rashid Khan. Hazaratullah Zazai and Keeper Rahmanullan Gurbaz are expected to open the batting for the Afghan team.
Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, and allrounders Mohammed Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, and Karim Janat form the core of middle-order batting. The presence of all-rounders provide excellent depth and variety of options in the batting and bowling department. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Qais Ahmed present an excellent spin attack for the team in T20Is. Naveen-Ul-Haq, Shapoor Zadran, and Azamatrullan Omarzai are the pacers in the mix and will be looking to make a mark.
Rahmanullan Gurbaz– Rahmanullah played a blinder of knock scoring 79 runs off just 52 balls in their last T20I match against West Indies. He will look to seal the opener`s slot ahead of the T20 World Cup in this series.
Rashid Khan – Rashid is the No.1 T20I bowler in the ICC rankings and he is a vastly T20 player who can trouble any batsmen in the world. Rashid can also clear the long boundaries with ease and look out for his all-round performances.
Asghar Afghan (c), Hazaratullah Zazai, Rahmanullan Gurbaz (Wk), Mohammed Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Shapoor Zadran/Qais Ahmed
Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Ireland team comes here after some good performances against West Indies and ICC T20 qualifiers tournament. Andrew Balbirnie leads the side with senior players Paul Stirling and Kevin O Brian opening the batting. Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, and Shane Getkate will form the core of the batting department in the middle order. They have good pace bowling options in the form of Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young, and Barry McCarthy.
Ireland is thin on spin bowling resources with only George Dockrell and Simi Singh in their team. Both are expected to make a big impact in the Indian conditions.
Paul Stirling – Paul Stirling is the highest run-scorer for Ireland in their T20I history and his 95 runs against West Indies gave them a famous victory. His bowling will be effective in the sub-continental conditions.
George Dockrell – George Dockrell is the all-time leading wicket-taker in T20Is but is going through a rough phase recently. He will look to shrug it off on helpful conditions on offer here.
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Shane Getkate, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brian, Paul Stirling
Simi Singh, CA Young, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, WB Rankin, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||13||7.56 mm.||6.55 k/h||From: E||70%|
|03h||16||2.13 mm.||6.88 k/h||From: ENE||94%|
|06h||19||0.25 mm.||6.54 k/h||From: E||97%|
|09h||22||0 mm.||8.13 k/h||From: E||64%|
|12h||20||1.06 mm.||5.08 k/h||From: ENE||65%|
|15h||16||5.38 mm.||5.32 k/h||From: ENE||99%|
|18h||15||1.19 mm.||3.1 k/h||From: E||81%|
|21h||15||3.31 mm.||7.71 k/h||From: ESE||100%|
The weather looks not so promising on match day with 60-70% chances of rain but we expect the match to happen with a few overs reduced.
Noida pitch will be a good batting surface and batsmen may enjoy the ball coming onto the bat here. Spinners get more purchase than the faster bowler in these su-continental pitches.
Batting first teams have an average score of 194 runs here when compared to chasing teams (156 runs). Post a big score and pressurize the opposition will be the mantra here.
Afghanistan has players with good experience in T20Is and has a host of all-rounders providing a lot of options in batting and bowling.
The presence of the top two ranked bowlers in ICC ratings says a lot the quality of their team. Ireland team has a good batting unit but lacks an incisive and attacking bowling unit. We expect Afghanistan to win this match.
Afghanistan will win this match!