Cricket Prediction – Deflated Ireland takes on in form Afghans

Ireland vs Afghanistan Info:

Date of matchAugust 24, 2018

Time of Match: 20:30 IST

Location of Match:  Bready Cricket Club, Magheramason, Bready

Format: T20 International

Series: Afghanistan tour of Ireland 2018

Team A:  Ireland

Team B: Afghanistan

Team A Captain: Gary Wilson

Team B Captain: Ashgar Afghan

MATCH PREVIEW

Not very long ago the clash between the two sides used to be extremely closely fought and watched with great anticipation. However, slowly and surely Afghanistan have got the upper hand and seem to be the side with just more depth, charisma and bowlers.

In all the recent encounters between the two sides, almost all the games have been won by Afghanistan. Last time Ireland managed to defeat them in a T20 game was back in November 2013. It isn’t a mere coincidence that it is happening with such regularity now. For all the flavours of T20, the bowling remains the most important factor to win games. The sides who have better bowling do end up winning more games than the sides boasting of more firepower with the bat.

So, while Ireland still possesses a fine batting line-up their bowling isn’t quite up to the standards of Afghanistan. And Afghanistan has the lethal combination of both. While they have some extreme hitters of the cricket ball like Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi they have now also unleashed a youngster in Hazratullah Zazai. This 20-year-old hammered 74 off just 33 balls in the first T20 game of the series.

Combine the firepower with the bat with the spin triangle of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, number one spinner in the world Rashid Khan and ever so reliable Mohammad Nabi we have a team for all seasons. Any team would struggle to beat this team let alone struggling Ireland.

Ireland’s best bet is with them chasing a total set by Afghanistan. Their bowling doesn’t inspire the confidence of defending any totals. They would like their senior player like Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien to come good.

In terms of their bowling, they would like to take heart from the fact that young Joshua Little looked pretty good in the first game. He was the reason why Ireland restricted Afghanistan under 200 after a rollicking start. However, they would ideally want their new ball bowlers Kane and Chase to get some early breakthroughs against Afghanistan’s top order.

MATCH INFORMATION

Ireland will take on Afghanistan in the third and final T20 match of the series. Afghanistan has looked the in-form side while Ireland seems to be struggling in their own conditions. Afghanistan seems to be producing youngsters at a fine rate which will keep the country’s health healthy in the game. On the other hand, while Ireland did play some young players in the series it still seems as though that the core of their side still lies with the old guard.

     IRELAND LINEUP

  • Paul Stirling
  • SR Thompson
  • William Porterfield
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Gary Wilson
  • A Balbirnie
  • Simi Singh
  • G Dockrell
  • J Little
  • TE Kane
  • PKD Chase

       AFGHANISTAN LINEUP

  • Mohammad Shahzad
  • Hazratullah Zazai
  • Asghar Afghan
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Samiullah Shenwari
  • Usman Ghani
  • Rashid Khan
  • Aftab Alam
  • Fareed Ahmad
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman

STATISTIC PREDICTION

With rain being a constant factor in Ireland it would be wise for teams to chase the total. Also, with rain around the pitch might provide some movement to the quicks at the start hence, both the teams would like to have the first use of the pitch with the ball and then chase down any total set by the opposition.

MATCH CONDITIONS AND PITCH

Pitch will provide some assistance at the start and will eventually become a beautiful pitch to bat on. Rain will again be a factor as it always is in Ireland. We should expect some interruption in the game. In the first game as well due to the interruptions the match was later played of 18 overs.

BETRALLY INDIA`S PREDICTION

Pitch will provide some assistance at the start and will eventually become a beautiful pitch to bat on. Rain will again be a factor as it always is in Ireland. We should expect some interruption in the game. In the first game as well due to the interruptions the match was later played of 18 overs.

Who will Win? – Afghanistan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – 50+, Mohammad Shahzad
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – 3, Rashid Khan
Most Sixes – Mohammad Shahzad

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