The team winning the next match will ensure that they cannot lose the series from there on.
Afghanistan did not get off to a great start in the 3rd ODI. The team was struggling at 74-5 at one point. Opener Hazratullah Zazai got a start and made 34 but got run out just when the team started building towards a good score. Asghar Afghan and Najibullah Zadran helped the team reach a respectable score of 256.
Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh picked up two wickets each but both went at an economy of almost six.
Ireland kept losing wickets at regular intervals and was tottering at 73-4. However Andrew Balbirnie and George Dockrell came together to take the score from 73 to 216 without losing a wicket. Dockrell scored a half-century but it was Balbirnie who was at the core of the Irish innings and remained unbeaten on 145 to take the team home with one over to spare.
Afghanistan only used five bowlers in Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and each of them opened their account in the wickets column. The victory would give Ireland a lot of confidence as it was their first win on the tour. They keep their chances of winning the series alive.
Afghanistan- Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran
Ireland- William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron-Dow, Boyd Rankin
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Afghanistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Paul Stirling (Ireland), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Boyd Rankin (Ireland), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Most Sixes – Paul Stirling (Ireland), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan)
Team Scores Batting First – Ireland 250+, Afghanistan 270 +
*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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