Ire Vs Afg 1st T20, Today Match Pitch Report, Predicted Playing XI, Today Cricket Match, Live Streaming Details, Dream 11 Prediction

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After recently facing New Zealand and South Africa, Ireland will now take on Afghanistan in a T20I series on August 9 (Tuesday).

Match Details

Venue & Time: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast Stadium on 9th August 08:00 pm IST.

Match Toss Prediction

Last month Ireland decided to field first in two of the three IT20s against New Zealand at this venue. With Ireland preferring to chase and Afghanistan’s main strength in bowling, we expect both teams to field first.

Pitch Report

The Belfast Pitch Report suggests that batters will have an easier time on this surface than spinners.

Ireland And Afghanistan XI Teams

Ireland: Stirling(C), O’Brien, Balbirnie, Poynter(WK), Thompson, Simi Singh, Gatkett, Dockrell, Rankin, Little & Chase.

Afghanistan: Asghar(C), Zazai, Ghani, Shinwari, Nabi, Najibullah, Shafiqullah(WK), Rashid, Mujeeb, Janat and Shirzad.

Details of Ireland Teams

Ireland have lost eight IT20s in a row since beating Oman in February. Ireland have been playing against some of the best teams in the format in recent months, though they have been going through a poor run of results in this format.

The team management made it clear that the players they picked for the recent series were their best available and selected them again.

Key Players of Ireland

  • Paul Stirling- With scores of 21, 40, 18 and 28 in his last four IT20s, the stocky opener is never far away from scoring a remarkable one. He always plays aggressive cricket and gives high strike-rate.
  • Lorcan Tucker- The 25-year-old keeper-batsman won his first IT20 against South Africa with a brilliant hitting display. He took away Ireland’s hopes of victory when he was dismissed with three overs remaining.
  • Josh Little- The left-arm pacer has taken at least one IT20 wicket in each of his last ten games and is six dismissals away from scoring 50 runs in the format.

Details of Afghanistan Team

After Including Rashid Khan, one of the top spinners in the squad it gave Afghanistan a hude boost. Afghanistan have won each of their last four IT20 matches. Their last defeat in this format was against Bangladesh in March.

Key Players of Afghanistan

  • Hazratullah Zazai- The left-handed batsman has impressed his country and franchise with excellent performances in the shorter formats holding the record for the second highest IT20 score against Ireland in 2019 – 162 not out.
  • Rashid Khan- The right-arm leg-spinner took 0-39 for Trent Rockets against Birmingham Phoenix on Saturday but was a regular wicket-taker during the T20 Blast in the UK earlier this summer.
  • Naveen Ul-Haq- The pacer loves the format and has been a star performer with the ball in the last two seasons of the T20 Blast being the leading wicket taker in 2021 and second in 2022.

Preview of the Ireland vs Afghanistan match

Some cricket fans would be inclined to assume that Ireland will finally get an IT20 win in this game after successive defeats to South Africa, New Zealand and India. However, this would be a foolish assumption as Afghanistan have a strong squad who have experience in these situations. It can be predicted as a tough match but with a win for Afghanistan.

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