Man of the Match: Asghar Afghan
Will Afghanistan win the ODI series?
Our prediction is Afghanistan to win the match and with it the ODI series!
Afghanistan looks to beat Ireland in their first ever full tour after winning the T20I series 3-0. Afghanistan will be mighty please with their massive win of 109 runs margin last match after they were left in a dire situation of 81/6 early in the match. The fifties from Mohammed Nabi, Ashgar Afghani and Rashid Khan helped their team to post a score of 223 runs. The Afghanistan has great depth in their batting line –up with a host of all-rounder’s. Aftab Ahmed then run through the Ireland batting order with his four wicket haul. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammed Nabi form an excellent spin troika that trample the scoring rate of the opposition batsmen. They skittled out Ireland for a meager score of just 114 runs last match.
Ireland would be disappointed with their loss in the last match after having Afghanistan in the back foot early in the match. This is their last chance to level the ODI series in the decider. Their batting lineup has been their biggest worry so far. Andrew Balbirnie played a scintillating knock in the third ODI match to win it for Ireland. Paul Stirling and George Dockrell scored a fifty each and no other contribution from rest of the lineup. James Cameron-Dow restricted the opposition batsmen with his bowling after early in-roads made by the Boyd Rankin and Andy McBrine. The left foot off the pedal to allow Afghani lower order to make vital partnerships which proved to be difference at the end.
Asghar Afghan – The Skipper has now scored back to back fifty plus scores to help the team in dire situations. He played two fighting knocks to lift the team morale and bring them to respectable total.
Mujeeb Ur rahman – Mujeeb is slowly beginning to make mark as an opening bowler with his accurate bowling. He has been putting pressure in power play overs to contain the batsmen by not allowing easy runs.
Stats from the series:
Hazaratullah Zazai – 140 runs, Average – 35, Strike rate -104, Hs-67, 50s-1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman – 6 wickets at an economy of 3.4 RPO (BB-3/14)
Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammed Shahzad (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari
Zahir Khan, Asghar Afghan, Javed Ahmadi, Samiullah Shenwari, M Shahzad, Shapoor Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmat Shah, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi
Kevin O Brian – Kevin is one of the big names in the Ireland team. He is yet to contribute this series with the bat except a couple of 20s. He might have saved his best for the last.
James Cameron-Dow – James capitalized on the early incisions made the fast bowlers and bowled a brilliant spell of 10-0-32-3 in the last match.
Stats from the series:
Andrew Balbirnie – 147 runs, Average – 73.5, Strike rate -92, Hs-145*, 100s-1
Boyd Rankin – 7 wickets at an economy of 5.1 RPO (BB-2/48)
William Porterfield (c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Stuart Poynter (wk), Kevin O Brien, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Andy McBrine, James Cameron-Dow
Kevin O'Brien, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, WTS Porterfield, Paul Stirling, WB Rankin, Stuart Poynter, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron, Andy Balbirnie
The pitch is moving towards the slower side and cracks are starting to open up after many matches are played on it. The spinners might enjoy bowling in this pitch and it also assists fast bowlers early in the match. Dehradun Weather looks not so threatening at the moment but always keeps your fingers crossed in sub-continental climate.
Batting second becomes a tough ask with pitch aiding the slower bowlers especially spinners. Teams batting first will look to post a score in range of 250-270 runs. Chasing is difficult under lights with ball doing so much of the pitch.
Afghanistan has bowlers tailor made for this kind of track with Rashid, Nabi and Mujeeb. Their depth in batting line-up and spin prowess makes us to lean towards Afghanistan in this match.
Back Afghanistan for the win!
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