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Ireland vs Afghanistan, IRE vs AFG, Today Match Prediction

Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland

171/3 in 19.5

8.62 Star

168/7 in 20.0

8.40
SCORECARD

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

Ireland beat Afghanistan by 7 wickets

Ireland have beaten Afghanistan just thrice in the 18 T20Is they have played against them.

  • Ireland will have a slight edge playing at home.
  • Hazratullah Zazai has an average of 68.50 against Ireland.
  • Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been Ireland’s nemesis, picking up 34 wickets against them.

Ireland should start off the series with a win.

Tournament: Ireland vs Afghanistan 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland | Toss: To Bowl

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When Ireland and Afghanistan cash, you can expect sparks to fly. Afghanistan have made great strides in limited overs cricket and have done particularly well in T20Is in recent times. While they have had the upper hand against Ireland in T20Is, it will still be challenge to take them on in home conditions. Ireland will be looking to make full use of their home advantage and start the series with a win.

Ireland Preview

While the results haven’t gone their way, Ireland has played some good cricket in recent times. They came close to beating India and New Zealand in the last couple of months but just couldn’t cross the finishing line. Afghanistan has been a major hurdle for them in T20 cricket and this time, the Irish will be eager to get a series win under their belt against them.

Paul Stirling, their most experienced batter in the format, will again have the responsibility of leading from the front. He’s also the leading run-getter of the team against Afghanistan with 543 runs at an average of 31.94 and strike rate of 144.80. Another batter to watch out would be Harry Tector who averages 48.5 against Afghanistan in T20Is.

On the bowling front, Ireland will be looking at left-arm fast bowler Joshua Little who has 19 wickets in the last 10 matches at an economy of 7.70. Right arm fast medium bowler Craig Young can also make an impact. Young has picked up 10 wickets in the last 10 matches at an economy of 8.44.

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Curtis Campher, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Barry McCarthy, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Andrew Balbirnie

Afghanistan Preview

Afghanistan will be high on confidence after their recent T20I series against Zimbabwe where they beat the hosts 2-1. They have dominated Ireland in T20s and will be looking to add another series win against them in their kitty to gear up for the World Cup later this year.

Hazratullah Zazai has been in good form of late and will be eager to stamp his authority in the series. Zazai is the second-highest run-getter for Afghanistan against Ireland, amassing 411 runs in just 7 innings at an average of 68.50 and a strike rate of 186.81. Captain Mohammad Nabi has also done well against Ireland, scoring 399 runs in 15 innings at a strike rate of 183.02 while also picking up 15 wickets at 8.01.

On the bowling front, that man Rashid Khan will be at it again. The master leg-spinner has the biggest thorn for Ireland and has picked up 34 wickets against them in just 13 matches at an economy of only 5.97. Fast bowler Nijat Masood’s performance will be crucial as he can get wickets at the start.
 

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Nijat Masood

Afghanistan Actual Playing XI:

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani, Naveen ul Haq, Ibrahim Zadran, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
13
0 mm.
1.24 k/h
From: SW
72%
03h
17
0 mm.
1.32 k/h
From: W
100%
06h
16
0 mm.
1.28 k/h
From: WSW
100%
09h
18
0 mm.
1.35 k/h
From: SW
95%
12h
22
0 mm.
2.07 k/h
From: SW
60%
15h
23
0 mm.
2.91 k/h
From: WSW
96%
18h
21
0 mm.
2.04 k/h
From: WSW
98%
21h
16
0 mm.
1.58 k/h
From: SW
91%

Weather Conditions

The wicket at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast will be fresh and hard. The ball should come on nicely to the bat and batters should have a great time in this match. Seamers might get some help early on while spinners should get purchase from the wicket as it slows down a little.

The weather in Belfast on the day of the game is expected to be cloudy.
 

Venue Details

The average score batting first at Civil Service Cricket Club is 123. The highest total achieved on the venue is 190-5 by Bangladesh. Since this is a fresh pitch, we can expect a high-scoring game, and the team batting first will look to set a target of around 180-190 runs.

Toss: To Bowl

Teams batting second have won 13 of the 21 games played at Civil Service Cricket Club. The team winning the toss is likely chase.

There have been 18 completed T20I matches played between Ireland and Afghanistan of which Ireland has won only 4 while Afghanistan has won 14. Afghanistan has also beaten Ireland 4 times in the last 5 T20Is they have played against them. It’s fair to say they will have the edge in this clash, particularly with Rashid in their ranks. But Ireland has shown signs of their full potential recently and will also have the home advantage in their favor.

Ireland should start off the series with a win.

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