Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Afghanistan v Ireland 1st T20I
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between Afghanistan and Ireland will be played at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in India.
Afghanistan last played against West Indies in what was a mixed bag for them. After they were clean swept in ODIs, the team came back to register a 2-1 victory in T20Is against a strong West Indies unit.
The team is coming off a 10-day camp in Dubai in January and have had proper rest to be be back at their A game.
Both teams were neck and neck in the beginning of their rivalry in 2009-10. Afghanistan have come a long way ahead now with 12 wins out of the total 15 T20 games played between the two teams. The team has won all the last 10 T20I clashes.
The only notable change in the Irish squad has been the inclusion of Shane Getkate in place of Mark Adair, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.
Afghanistan have picked left-arm pacer Shapoor Zadran, who last played in a T20I for Afghanistan 18 months ago and has been picked on the back of his good domestic performances where he picked up a four-fer in the last game. Usman Ghani, who hasn't featured for his country since February last year in the matches against Ireland, has also been picked.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Afghanistan - Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Najib Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, Azmatullah Omarzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Usman Ghani
Ireland - Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
Who will win the toss? - Afghanistan
Who will win? – Afghanistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan), Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Boyd Rankin (Ireland)
Most Sixes – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland)
Man of the Match – Hazratullah Zazai
Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 180+, Ireland 165+
Match Handicap Afghanistan
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*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, so stay tuned.
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