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Afganistan vs Ireland, Afghanistan v Ireland, Today Match Prediction

Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida ,India

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Toss Winner - Ireland won the toss and chose to bat first

Ireland beat Afganistan by 9 wickets

Ireland look to avoid whitewash against Afghanistan!

  • Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector and Craig Young put in decent performances for Ireland in a losing cause
  • Afghanistan beat Ireland in the second T20I played at Greater Noida
  • Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Asghar Afghan were standout performers for the side in the previous game

Afghanistan to inflict a 3-0 whitewash over Ireland!

Tournament: Afghanistan v Ireland | Format: T20I | Venue: Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida ,India | Toss: To Bowl

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Afghanistan will be looking to complete a clean sweep when they take on Ireland in the third and final game of the T20I series at Greater Noida Sports Complex on Tuesday.

In the second T20I, Afghanistan registered a 21-run win over Ireland, courtesy splendid performances from Asghar Afghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and wicket-keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz. With this win, Afghanistan has already sealed the series and are 2-0 up in the three-match series. Afghanistan will be keen to continue their winning ways in this dead rubber.

On the other hand, Ireland will be looking to salvage some pride in this contest. Skipper Andrew Balbirnie will be hoping that the senior players can deliver the goods with the bat and ball in this series finale.

Afganistan Preview

Asghar Afghan-led unit will not be making any changes to their playing for the final game of the series. The side will need to guard against complacency and keep their focus against Ireland on Tuesday.

In the second T20I, Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first in ideal conditions. The home side got off to a steady start, courtesy 57-run between openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Wicket-keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a crucial inning of 35 runs off 30 with the help of three sixes, whereas Hazratullah Zazai chipped in with 28 off 33 balls with the help of one four and one six. Experience duo of Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi added 74 runs in a space of just five runs to see Afghanistan in a strong position post a daunting score on the board.

Asghar Afghan-led from the front with the bat and smashed 49 runs off 28 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes. Mohammad Nabi provided adequate support to Asghar Afghan and also scored crucial cameo of 27 off 17 balls with the help of two four and one six. Samiullah Shinwari, Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran have contributed with crucial scores for Afghanistan in this three-match T20I series.

The spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi once again delivered the goods to help Afghanistan clinch T20I series. Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed three wickets, while Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi picked up one wicket each.

Afganistan Predicted Playing XI:

Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan (c), Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Afganistan Key Players From Previous Game Of Afghanistan v Ireland

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Afghan
49
28
4
3
175
R Gurbaz
35
30
0
3
116.67
H Zazai
28
33
1
1
84.85
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Ur Rahman
4.0
0
38
3
9.5
S Zadran
4.0
0
25
1
6.25
G Naib
2.0
0
22
1
11

Afganistan Actual Playing XI:

Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, N Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Qais Ahmad

Ireland Preview

The visitors will need to raise their overall in order to avoid a possible whitewash at the hands of Afghanistan. The bowling unit has failed to create enough pressure on Afghanistan’s batting lineup in this T20I series. In the previous game, pacers Joshua Little and Boyd Rankin conceded a lot of runs and failed to make breakthroughs with the new ball.

For Ireland, medium-pacer Craig Young bowled well and finished with 1 for 27 in his full quota of overs.  Chasing 185 runs to level the T20I series, Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien perished early while trying to go for big runs in the initial overs.

All-rounder Kevin O’Brien scored 19 runs off 11 balls with the help of one four and two sixes. Captain Andrew Balbirnie and Harry Tector put on a 49-run partnership to provide a glimmer of hope for Ireland.

Andrew Balbirnie produced valiant innings for the side and scored 46 runs off 35 balls with the help of five fours and one six. Middle-order batsman Harry Tector also chipped in with handy innings of 37 runs off 29 balls with the help of three boundaries and one six.

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Craig Young, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little

Ireland Key Players From Previous Game Of Afghanistan v Ireland

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Balbirnie
46
35
5
1
131.43
H Tector
37
29
3
1
127.59
K O'Brien
19
11
1
2
172.73
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
W Rankin
4.0
0
37
1
9.25
C Young
4.0
0
27
1
6.75
G Delany
4.0
0
36
1
9

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, CA Young, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Barry McCarthy, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
14
0 mm.
2.24 k/h
From: N
0%
03h
17
0 mm.
1.28 k/h
From: NW
0%
06h
24
0 mm.
1.69 k/h
From: WNW
0%
09h
27
0 mm.
1.84 k/h
From: WNW
0%
12h
26
0 mm.
0.89 k/h
From: NNE
14%
15h
21
0.25 mm.
2.38 k/h
From: NNW
90%
18h
20
0 mm.
2.77 k/h
From: NNE
61%
21h
18
0.31 mm.
1.38 k/h
From: NE
91%

Weather Conditions

With weather expected to be a little gloomy, the surface is expected to favor the batsmen rather than bowlers. The slow bowlers might get some help from the surface.

Venue Details

Greater Noida Sports Complex is going to host the third and final game between Ireland and Afghanistan. Ireland’s last win against Afghanistan came in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier game played in 2013.

 

Toss: To Bowl

With the surface expected to remain the same, batting first  on this surface will be way to go in this contest.  Average score at the venue is around 150 to 170 runs.

With the convincing performances in back-to-back matches, Afghanistan will be expected to complete a whitewash over Ireland.

With likes of Asghar Afghan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran have contributed with match-winning performances, Afghanistan will be confident of putting in another strong performance with the bat.

Afghanistan to inflict a 3-0 whitewash over Ireland!

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