Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st ODI Match Prediction

Ireland Cricket Logo
Ireland
198/10 in 48.3
4.08
Afghanistan Cricket Logo
Afghanistan
227/9 in 50.0
4.54
Aug 27, 201809:45
Civil Service Cricket Club - Belfast, Ireland
Finished
Afghanistan won by 29 runs

Our Prediction

Afghanistan To Win the Match, 1.41
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  • Afghanistan has yet to lose a match on this tour
  • Ireland has bowled decently in the previous few matches but its batting is notoriously unreliable
  • Afghanistan's batting is pretty fragile as well but its bowling is far superior to that of Ireland
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IRE
0.0%
AFG
100.0%
  • Tournament: Ireland vs Afghanistan 2018
  • Date: Aug 27, 2018
  • Format: ODI
  • Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Ireland
  • Time: 09:45

Key Stats

  • Toss: Ireland (Fielding)

Ireland

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Andy McBrine 12 16 0 0 75.00
GC Wilson 38 50 0 1 76.00
Kevin O'Brien 22 31 1 0 70.97
Peter Chase 0 1 0 0 0.00
Paul Stirling 10 20 2 0 50.00
Simi Singh 16 31 2 0 51.61
WB Rankin 1 3 0 0 33.33
Tim Murtagh 2 7 0 0 28.57
Andy Balbirnie 55 82 6 0 67.07
WTS Porterfield 16 33 2 0 48.48
Niall O Brien 11 18 0 0 61.11
BowlerOMRWECO
Mohammad Nabi 10.0 0 42 2 4.20
Rashid Khan 9.3 0 41 2 4.32
Mujib Ur Rahman 10.0 0 32 1 3.20
Aftab Alam 9.0 2 34 2 3.78
Gulbadin Naib 10.0 1 42 1 4.20

Afghanistan

BatsmanRB4s6sSR
Hazratullah Zazai 14 9 1 1 155.56
Ihsanullah 9 24 1 0 37.50
Rahmat Shah 29 29 4 0 100.00
Hashmatullah Shahidi 54 82 3 0 65.85
Asghar Stanikzai 25 23 1 1 108.70
Mohammad Nabi 1 2 0 0 50.00
Shafiqullah 11 10 0 1 110.00
Rashid Khan 1 5 0 0 20.00
Mujib Ur Rahman 4 5 0 0 80.00
Aftab Alam 11 13 0 1 84.62
Gulbadin Naib 64 98 6 0 65.31
BowlerOMRWECO
Andy McBrine 10.0 0 46 1 4.60
Peter Chase 10.0 0 52 1 5.20
Simi Singh 10.0 0 50 0 5.00
WB Rankin 10.0 0 44 3 4.40
Tim Murtagh 10.0 1 31 4 3.10

About the Match

Ireland was no match for Afghanistan in the T20 series that preceded this ODI series and was outplayed in every aspect of the game. The ODI format is the preferred one for Ireland nowadays and the hope would be to make more of a fist of things in this format.

Afghanistan is going to be full of confidence after ensuring that its T20 dominance against Ireland remains intact. Historically, ODI contests between the two nations have been much closer fought. Afghanistan, though, is a fast-improving nation and is not going to think of anything but a victory in every contest that it plays against Ireland.

Match Preview

Ireland

After the beating that Ireland suffered in the T20 games, it would be a little disconcerting for them to see that most of their squad for the ODI’s is still the same set of players. Can a change in format bring about a change in fortunes? Ireland will certainly be hoping for it.

The batting for Ireland was very poor in the T20’s and it was the main reason why Ireland failed to compete. The Irish batsmen were unable to find a way to attack the Afghanistan spinners, something that they absolutely must do in the shortest format of the game.

Now in the ODI’s, though, there will be more opportunities for the batsmen to rotate the strike or even play out a couple of overs. Having more time definitely changes the nature of the game for both the batsmen and the bowlers.

Paul Stirling was very good in the English county circuit but his country is still waiting for a meaningful performance from him. If he can fire at the top then the task for Ireland certainly becomes a lot easier.

William Porterfield, Andy Balbirnie, and Kevin O’Brien will be the main players to watch out for Ireland in the ODI’s. Among the bowlers, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, and Simi Singh will lead the attack.

The Irish bowlers did a decent job of keeping Afghanistan’s leading batsmen quiet in the series and would be confident of doing the same in the ODI’s. If the batsmen can back up the Irish bowlers, then there is no reason why Ireland cannot win a couple of matches or even the series.

Ireland Starting Lineup

PR Stirling, WTS Porterfield, GC Wilson, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O Brien, Andy McBrine, Peter Chase, TJ Murtagh, WB Rankin.

Afghanistan

The visitors are yet to lose a match in the series and will be in a very good frame of mind ahead of the ODI’s. There are a couple of pressing concerns for their team as well.

The bowling for Afghanistan has been splendid so far. Their trio of spinners, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi have weaved a spell around the Irish batsmen and made it impossible for them to escape.

They will once again try to build the same sort of pressure in the ODI’s, although, they will have to be consistent for a lot more time in this format. This is not to say that the Afghanistan bowlers are not going to be able to do it but the challenge is far greater.

Wafadar Momand, a very promising fast bowler, also in the squad for this series could make his debut. He has a tricky left-arm angle to exploit and bowls with some very decent pace as well.

Afghanistan’s bowling has the resources and depth of a settled cricketing nation. We are sure that is not going to be the problem area for them in this series. The batting, though, is another question.

Hazratullah Zazai, the best batsman for Afghanistan in the T20 series, is not going to be a part of the ODI’s. His scoring saved Afghanistan some blushes and the senior batsmen were spared being asked some tough questions about their own inconsistency.

Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Afghan, Samiuulah Shenwari, and Mohammad Nabi were all a part of the T20 squad but failed to make any significant scores. This cannot be the way they perform in the ODI’s.

Rahmat Shah and Javed Ahmadi are in the side for this format of the game but they could possibly take a little time to get used to the conditions before being at their best. Afghanistan’s batting order has much more experience and skill on paper, but they are prone to some spectacular collapses at all times.

Afghanistan Starting Lineup

Ihsanullah, R Shah, MA Stanikzai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Shafiqullah, Hazratullah Zazai.

Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss is likely to bat first

Pitch and Conditions

A 15-20% chance of rain has been forecast for the first match and so we should be able to get a game in. Hopefully, the rain will not cause a reduction in the overs because that can sometimes make the match a bit skewed in the favor of one team.

The Civil Service Cricket Club is expected to offer up a good batting surface with some help in it for the spinners. Perhaps some grass may be left on the surface to try and get the Irish seamers in the game as well. Overall, a score of around 270 should be considered par.

Our Prediction

Ireland has won two out of the last three ODI games between the two sides. Current form and a superior bowling attack tilt things in favor of Afghanistan.

Back Afghanistan to win.

Our Prediction

Afghanistan To Win the Match, 1.41
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Which team will win?

Ireland55.1% (65)
Afghanistan44.9% (53)
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Comments

they win the odis
irwland lost all t 20 but
2018-08-27 06:59:47
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Kiran
You're results and analysis getting wrong
2018-08-27 09:29:58
Reply
polash
Ireland win
2018-08-27 16:46:48
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