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Cricket Betting and Match Prediction- Afghanistan v Ireland 3rd T20I

Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling
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Afghanistan have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against Ireland and are favorites for inflicting a whitewash.

The way Afghanistan openers put their foot on the pedal since the beginning in the last T20 did not even give Ireland a chance. Hazratullah Zazai played the knock of his life as he remained unbeaten on 162 off 62 deliveries at a strike rate of more than 260. The innings included 16 sixes and 11 fours as he was the major contributor in the 236-run partnership with fellow opener Usman Ghani who scored 73.

This lead Afghanistan to score of 278-3 in their 20 overs which is a record in T20 internationals. No Irish bowler looked impressive as all made unsuccessful attempts of keeping the runs dry.

In reply, Paul Stirling scored 91 off just 50 deliveries but in the absence of any other major contributions, it was always going to be a comfortable Afghanistan win. Rashid Khan picked up four wickets and is expected to end as the leading wicket-taker of the series.

Afghanistan has come up as a force to reckon with in recent times. There was a time when they were at par with Ireland but it seems as if they have raced past them now and remain favorites for the rest of the tour. For Ireland to crawl their way back, they would need to play out of their skin.


Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.


Afghanistan- Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi, Najbullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shinwari, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad

Ireland- Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Stuart Poynter, Andrew McBrine, James Shannon, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Afghanistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Paul Stirling (Ireland), Usman Ghani (Afghanistan)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Boyd Rankin (Ireland), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)

Most Sixes – Paul Stirling (Ireland), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)

Team Scores Batting First – Ireland 185+, Afghanistan 160 +

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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