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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- Afghanistan v Ireland 2nd T20I

Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling
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Afghanistan have been dominant against Ireland in T20Is and the trend is expected to continue over the coming two matches.

Ireland could manage a total of only 132 in the first T20I against Afghanistan. Skipper Paul Stirling was dismissed for 23 after fellow opener Kevin O'Brien got out cheaply to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. With 30s from George Dockrell and Stuart Poynter, the team somehow scraped their way to 132 which was always going to be too little.

As expected, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi were the pick of the bowlers for Afghanistan. Both bowled economically and picked up two wickets each.

In reply, Afghanistan lost openers Asghar Afghan and Hazratullah Zazai early. However, it was the partnership between Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran which ensured that Afghanistan stayed on track for the target. At the end, the team was able to chase it down comfortably with both Nabi and Najibullah remaining unbeaten.

For Ireland, Boyd Rankin picked up two wickets. Joshua Little, Peter Chase and Shane Getkate bagged one scalp each.

All the matches are being played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in India. The conditions there are more suited for the Afghanistan spinners and they get purchase from the pitch. Ireland would have to find a way to combat the spinners if they have to compete in the remaining part of the tour.


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


Afghanistan- Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Ahmad

Ireland- Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase, Stuart Thompson


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Afghanistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Paul Stirling (Ireland), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan)

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

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

Team Scores Batting First – Ireland 145+, Afghanistan 155 +

*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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