Cricket match date: 19th May 2019
Cricket match time: 03:15 pm IST
Cricket match location: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: Ireland tour of Ireland 2019
Team A: Ireland
Team B: Afghanistan
Team A Captain: William Porterfield
Team B Captain: Gulbadin Naib
Cricket Match Preview:
Ireland and Afghanistan will take on each other in yet another ODI series after meeting a couple of months back in India, where Afghanistan were the host. In this cricket series, there will be only two ODIs and the host will be Ireland.
Ireland and Afghanistan began in a similar manner not too long ago. They used to associate sides striving to get into the big league among big boys of International Cricket. Ireland had a head start in 2007 World Cup when they made big headlines after beating Pakistan and knocking them out of the tournament. Their case was further strengthened when they beat the mighty England in 2011 World Cup played in India.
Things slowed down for Ireland post that and Afghanistan began rising up the ladder by not only winning games of cricket but also gaining new fans by the brand of cricket they played. In a very short span of time, they earned the right to play against the big international teams and impressed one and all with their heart and performances in 2015 World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand.
While Ireland had many ageing stars who fulfilled their ultimate dream of getting test status in 2018, Afghanistan reached there in quick time and still had their core of strong players intact. Ireland’s skipper William Porterfield, opener Paul Stirling and all-rounder Kevin O’Brian are all on the wrong side of 30s and do not have much cricket left. To add to their woes, they even missed out on the World Cup spot after their failure to do well in the qualifying tournament.
Afghanistan, on the other hand, not only qualified for the World Cup, they also ended up winning the qualifying tournament by beating West Indies in the final. Fair to say, Afghanistan is having a better time than their archrivals at the moment. However, their recent clash in India ended up in a drawn series, which once again proves that when these two sides meet, nothing short of an intense cricket game can be expected.
Cricket Match Information:
Familiar foes Ireland and Afghanistan will take on each other yet again after meeting a couple of months back in Dehra Dun, India. This time, they will be meeting each other in Ireland for two ODIs as Afghanistan have qualified for the World Cup and it is scheduled to begin from 30th of May in England.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Ireland will be led by the experienced William Porterfield. They drew the ODI cricket series against Afghanistan in Dehra Dun but have had a disappointing time in home conditions. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game against Bangladesh.
Here is our prediction of Ireland’s playing XI:
- William Porterfield
- Paul Stirling
- A Bilbirnie
- Boyd Rankin
- Kevin O’Brien
- GH Dockrell
- MR Adair
- AR Mcbrine
- GC Wilson
- JB Little
- TJ Murtagh
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Afghanistan will be led by a new skipper, Gulbadin Naib, who has replaced Asghar Afghan as the captain for their team. The first-choice players like Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan are expected to make comeback in this cricket series. Our prediction is of at least three changes to the playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of Afghanistan’s playing XI:
- Mohammad Shehzad
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Rahmat Shah
- Asghar Afghan
- Samiullah Shinwari
- Mohammad Nabi
- Najibullah Zadran
- Hamid Hasan
- Gulbadin Naib
- Rashid Khan
- Dawlat Zadran
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
As always, Rashid Khan is going to be an important factor in any clash involving Afghanistan. Our prediction is of another good performance from the champion spinner.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international ODI cricket game was played here between Ireland and Afghanistan in 2018. Afghanistan easily won the game of cricket by eight wickets after having to chase only 124 runs. Our prediction is of the score of around 250 runs for this cricket game. Conditions are expected to be cold and windy.
Afghanistan will begin the game of cricket as favourites. They have been in better recent form and have more depth in their lineup. Hence, our prediction is of Afghanistan’s win in this ODI cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Rahmat Shah (AFG) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Rashid Khan (AFG) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)
Ireland – 3.40
Afghanistan – 1.28
*odds may change anytime