Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st T20 Match Prediction

Afghanistan Cricket Logo
Afghanistan
136/5 in 19.2
7.03
Ireland Cricket Logo
Ireland
132/6 in 20.0
6.60
Feb 21, 201913:00
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium - N/A
Finished
Afghanistan won by 5 wkts

Our Prediction

Afghanistan To Win the Match, 1.30
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  • The spin trio of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi will be tough to handle for the inexperienced Irish middle-order
  • Afghanistan have played and practiced almost all their Cricket at this venue and familiarity with the conditions will add to their advantage
  • Ireland's weakness to drive the game in the middle overs was well and truly highlighted in the recently concluded quadrangular series at Oman
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AFG
100.0%
IRE
0.0%
  • Tournament: Afghanistan vs Ireland 2019
  • Date: Feb 21, 2019
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
  • Time: 13:00
  • Weather: Patchy light rain with thunder, 64% Humidity, 16.4℃

Key Stats

  • Toss: Ireland (Batting)

Afghanistan

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Asghar Stanikzai 5 5 1 0 100.00
Hazratullah Zazai 11 6 1 1 183.33
Samiullah Shenwari 17 19 3 0 89.47
Mohammad Nabi 49 40 5 1 122.50
Karim Janat 0 3 0 0 0.00
N Zadran 40 36 3 1 111.11
Sharafuddin Ashraf 6 7 0 0 85.71
BowlerOMRWECO
Joshua Little 4.0 0 28 1 7.00
SR Thompson 2.3 0 12 0 4.80
Peter Chase 3.2 0 27 1 8.10
Simi Singh 0.3 0 1 0 2.00
WB Rankin 4.0 0 39 2 9.75
Shane Getkate 4.0 0 21 1 5.25
George Dockrell 1.0 0 7 0 7.00

Ireland

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Kevin O'Brien 5 10 0 0 50.00
SR Thompson 18 16 2 0 112.50
Paul Stirling 23 25 3 0 92.00
Simi Singh 9 7 0 1 128.57
Shane Getkate 0 2 0 0 0.00
Stuart Poynter 31 28 2 1 110.71
Andy Balbirnie 5 4 1 0 125.00
George Dockrell 34 28 2 1 121.43
BowlerOMRWECO
Mohammad Nabi 4.0 0 16 2 4.00
Farid Malik 4.0 0 34 0 8.50
Karim Janat 3.0 0 29 1 9.67
Rashid Khan 4.0 0 21 2 5.25
Mujib Ur Rahman 4.0 0 20 1 5.00
Sharafuddin Ashraf 1.0 0 6 0 6.00

About the Match

The marquee ICC event, ICC World Cup 2019, is well within the sights and the teams are striving hard to get their combinations right for the important tournament. Afghanistan's preparation for the competition are set to begin at Dehradun where they'll be tested by dangerous Irish side who are coming off a couple of T20 wins in Oman. The tour will consist of three T20Is, five One-Day Internationals and the lone test beginning with the T20s - first of which is to be played on 21st of this month. Historically, the Afghans have had better of the Irish team, but past results aren't always the accurate indicators of things to come. Both the teams are evenly matched on paper and we expect a thrilling contest between the two sides.

Match Preview

Afghanistan

Afghanistan last played an international game back in September last year where they punched above their weight and left a huge mark by hammering Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in consecutive matches. Although the match is being played at a neutral venue geographically, Afghanistan - having played all their cricket at Dehradun, have all the advantages of a home side.

With the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Samilullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan, and Usman Ghani available at the top, their batting lineup looks strong on paper. However, it not their batting which has won them games and recognition. It is the spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman who have impressed one and all troubled even the best in the business.

Asghar Afghan has done particularly well as a skipper, but his batting form could be a cause of concern for the hosts. Additionally, the hosts have dropped Mohammad Shahzad for the shortest format and lack a bit of experience at the top. All in all, although Afghanistan bat deep with the likes of Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan more than capable to hit big hits, their bowling will govern their fate in the upcoming fixture.

Afghanistan Starting Lineup

Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah, N Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Farid Malik.

Ireland

Ireland are coming into the series with a reasonable set of performances in their recent matches. In the recently concluded T20I quadrangular series, Ireland happened to be the third best side, but they were behind Scotland and Netherlands only on run-rate.

They started the tournament off in a flying fashion by beating Oman but then succumbed to pressure against Scotland. They then registered a much-needed win against the Netherlands as they came from behind with Stuart Poynter scoring essential six required off the last delivery of the match.

Although the absence of Gary Wilson was felt in the batting order, Paul Stirling did particularly well with the skipper's hat. Promotion of Kevin O' Brien worked well for them as the swashbuckling all-rounder utilized the field restrictions to score quickly up front. Overall, this Irish side is packed with talent and ability in all departments of the game, they lack experience in the middle order which so often plays a key role in driving the game. They'd need their top order to bat longer and assist their middle-order and if they can do that, they're surely going to give Afghanistan a run for their money.

Ireland Starting Lineup

PR Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, WB Rankin, Peter Chase, SR Thompson.

Match Prediction

Even though the two teams do not play at the highest level as often as other full-members, lack of familiarity with each other will not be a concern here. The two teams have played a lot against each other in recent years and will have a game plan ready for key players. The teams are well-matched on paper and execution on the field coupled with handling the nervy moments will matter the most. Having the experience of playing in Afghanistan Premier League and across the globe is likely to play to Afghanistan's advantage and they certainly are better placed to emerge on top in the opening encounter of the series.

Betting Tips

Afghanistan To Win the Match, 1.30

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Afghanistan 81.5% (321)
Ireland 18.5% (73)
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