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

Ireland's Kevin O'Brien celebrates a wicket

It was expected that Afghanistan would fold up the series with relative ease against Ireland, but the hosts gave the Afghans a glimmer of their ability in the first match, winning by a massive margin of 72 runs.

Apart from Paul Stirling and William Porterfield, who notched up brilliant half-centuries amid a collapsing Irish batting, others could not live up to the expectations.

Afghanistan generally rely on their spinners to do the job, but it were the pacers who made a mark in the first ODI. On the back of three wickets each from Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam, Ireland were bundled out for 210.

It seemed as if Afghanistan would chase the target comfortably. However, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin bowled tight line and lengths as Afghanistan were left struggling at 40-4 at one point.

It was all-rounder Mohammad Nabi then who helped the visitors stabilize a bit. But after his dismissal, the batsmen feel like a pack of cards . Afghanistan will now have to win the second match any cost to level the series.

The loss comes as a big jolt for Afghanistan just before the World Cup. They had been doing quite well till now, but such a big defeat will certainly dent their confidence. The bowlers did a fine job for the team, but it were the Afghan batsmen who faltered and would try their best to bounce back in the upcoming match.


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


Ireland- Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield, Kevin O Brien, Mark Adair, Gary Wilson, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin

Afghanistan- Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Afghanistan 

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Paul Stirling (Ireland)

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

Most Boundaries – Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan), Kevin O Brien (Ireland)

Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 280+, Ireland 275+

*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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