Cricket match date: 21st 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:
The host Ireland will take on Afghanistan in the second international cricket ODI between the two nations. By the time this piece is being written, the first ODI had not been played yet. Ireland have failed to qualify for the World Cup, whereas Afghanistan have qualified for it by winning the qualifying tournament.
It is going to be an important cricket series for both sides. While it is important for continuous improvement of Ireland cricket, it is also important for the preparation of Afghanistan for the World Cup. There are barely ten days to go for the World Cup now and Afghanistan are expected to do a few upsets in it.
Ireland and Afghanistan began in a similar manner not too long ago. They used to be associate sides striving to get into the big league among the big boys of International Cricket. Ireland had a head start in the 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 mighty England in the 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 by 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 the 2015 World Cup played in Australia and New Zealand.
Ireland have seen a few retirements and a couple of more players are on the verge of it. They would ideally be looking to unearth new exciting talents who can take the place of ageing stars. Afghanistan, on the other hand, are in a healthy space and rising up the ladder of popularity fast. This cricket series will give the side a fair idea about where they are headed.
Cricket Match Information:
Ireland and Afghanistan will take on each other for the final time in the two-match ODI series. These two teams were last involved in an ODI series a couple of months back in Dehra Dun, India. This time, they will be meeting each other in Ireland for two ODIs. 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:
Apart from Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi is the most important player for 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 8 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):
Mohammad Nabi (AFG) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Mohammad Shahzad (AFG)
Ireland – 2.95
Afghanistan – 1.38
*odds may change anytime