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Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - Ireland v Afghanistan 1st ODI

Paul Stirling has been in great form for Ireland
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Afghanistan and Ireland last met only a couple of months back when Ireland flew to India for Afghanistan's home series.

After getting comprehensively beaten by 0-3 in the T20Is, Ireland bounced back in 50-over format to level the series 2-2, with one match being washed out.

Ireland were not able to win even a single match against West Indies or Bangladesh in the recently concluded ODI tri-series that they hosted. On the other hand, Afghanistan won their last match in Scotland and would have got some idea of the conditions here.

Both Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie scored a century each in the tri-series, while William Porterfield continued his consistent performances with two 50s from three matches. Boyd Rankin was the pick of the bowlers and would be assisted by George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy and Tim Murtagh.

Afghanistan have a lot of riches in both the batting and bowling department. Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi are their leading batsmen, while Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Aftab Alam would be their main bowlers.

The major advantage that Ireland will have is of the conditions, but if Afghanistan succeed in neutralizing that and their spinners are able to extract purchase of the strip, it would get very tough for Ireland to run Afghanistan close.

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

Ireland- Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Andrew Balbirnie, William Porterfield (c), Kevin O'Brien, Mark Adair, Gary Wilson (wk), George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh

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


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Afghanistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan), Kevin O Brien (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 300+, Ireland 280+

*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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