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Ireland vs Afghanistan, IRE vs AFG, Today Match Prediction

Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland

125/5 in 19.0

6.58 Star

122/8 in 20.0

6.10
SCORECARD

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

Ireland beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets

Can Afghanistan make a comeback or Ireland double up the lead?

  • Afghanistan has a dominant 14-5 win-loss record against Ireland in the T20Is.
  • Ireland ended their 8-match losing streak after losing series against India, New Zealand, and South Africa recently.
  • Ireland has never won a bi-lateral T20I series against Afghanistan so far losing all their 4 seris played till date.

Ireland will win the match

Tournament: Ireland vs Afghanistan 2022 | Format: T20I | Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland | Toss: To Bowl

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Ireland won the opening T20I match and take 1-0 lead in the series with 4 more matches to go. Both Ireland and Afghanistan teams will look to find their best squad and players that would fit in in the larger scheme of things with T20I world cup later this year. But they would not want to lose games instead will search for players standing up for the team`s cause. Ireland will look to further add to their series lead while Afghanistan will look to make a comeback with win to level the series.

Ireland Preview

Ireland players played smart cricket and kept the scoreboard moving in the middle overs and held their nerves in the crucial final overs to take their team home in the thrilling finish. Andrew Balbirnie (51 runs) and Lorcan Tucker (50 runs) scored fifties and lead their chase with 50+ partnerships for the first 2 wickets. Harry Tector (25 runs) and Paul Stirling (31 runs) made crucial contributions with the bat in this match.

Pacers Barry McCarthy and Joshua Little bowled decently and claimed 4 wickets between them in the match. Spinners Gareth Delany and George Dockrell were brilliant with the ball as they had combined figures of 6-0-034-2 in the match. Andy McBrine and Mark Adair were little expensive, but we expect them to back amongst with the wickets in this match.

Key Players: Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Harry Tector

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

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

Ireland Key Players From Previous Game Of Ireland vs Afghanistan 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Balbirnie
51
38
5
1
134.21
L Tucker
50
32
6
1
156.25
P Stirling
31
29
3
2
106.9
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
B McCarthy
4.0
0
34
3
8.5
G Dockrell
2.0
0
7
2
3.5
J Little
4.0
0
33
1
8.25

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 scored a competitive total of 168/7 in their 20 overs with opener Usman Ghani scoring 59 runs off 42 balls. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played a good hand at top with 26 runs while Ibrahim Zadran`s 18-ball 29 runs helped their team to finish with the flourish at the end. Their middle order failed to score effectively in the last game.

Afghanistan`s spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rehman bowled with good control and had combined figures of 10-0-74-2 in the match. Their pacers Naveen-Ul-Haq and Asmatullah Omarzai were taken for runs at over 10 RPO and failed to restrict the batters. They will look to improve their control in the death overs especially.

Key players: Rashid Khan, Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran

Afghanistan Predicted Playing XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai/Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Afghanistan Key Players From Previous Game Of Ireland vs Afghanistan 2022

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
U Ghani
59
42
6
2
140.48
I Zadran
29
18
1
2
161.11
R Gurbaz
26
22
5
0
118.18
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
M Ur Rahman
3.0
0
22
1
7.33
N ul Haq
3.5
1
39
1
10.17
M Nabi
3.0
0
27
1
9

Afghanistan Actual Playing XI:

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

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
14
0 mm.
0.38 k/h
From: W
1%
03h
14
0 mm.
0.22 k/h
From: WNW
0%
06h
14
0 mm.
1.08 k/h
From: WSW
0%
09h
18
0 mm.
1.32 k/h
From: WSW
0%
12h
24
0 mm.
1.61 k/h
From: SW
0%
15h
25
0 mm.
0.59 k/h
From: W
0%
18h
22
0 mm.
2.27 k/h
From: ENE
0%
21h
15
0 mm.
1.93 k/h
From: ENE
0%

Weather Conditions

Belfast is expected to have bright sunny and clear skies on the match day with no weather interruptions expected whatsoever.

Venue Details

Belfast is a good pitch with natural bounce and carry but due to many matches played here it has become slow and is aiding the spinners with the old ball especially. We expect the average score to be around 150-170 runs in this match. 

Toss: To Bowl

Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first in the last game, but the pitch stayed the same throughout the match. Captains might tend to bat first if the pitch slows down else, they will stay with chasing the total.

Ireland`s playing XI has a better experienced team in both batting and bowling departments when compared to Afghanistan in the international matches. They have a good pace attack and spin attack to complement their batting line-up. Afghanistan middle order has been very inconsistent, and they rely heavily on the spin duo of Rashid and Mujeeb in the bowling department. We expect Ireland to win this match owing to their experience and home conditions.

Ireland will win the match

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