AFG vs IRE, Afghanistan vs Ireland ODI
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhab
Thursday, January 21, 2021 11:00 AM
In the Afghanistan vs Ireland ODI 2021, we have Afghanistan squaring off against Ireland at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhab.
Afghanistan would make return to ODI cricket after a gap of more than a year where they take on Ireland in the first game of the 3-match ODI series. The Afghan side would be confident playing in these conditions and many of their players are coming here after good performance in the Big Bash League. The Irish side didn’t look at their best during the two games against UAE though they registered a big win in the last game of the series.
The challenge for the Irish side would be the conditions where the ball turns sharply as they would be up against three world class spinners. Most of their batsmen have struggled against good spinners in the past and this will be a huge test for them. It remains to be seen if Ireland is able to live up against the odds as Afghanistan is one of the most competitive sides in this format of the game.
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Asghar Afghan is back as skipper as he leads his side into this game. The Afghan players would be taking the field for the first time in an ODI game in nearly 13 months and shall be eager to succeed. Afghan would like to make good use of these conditions as these suits their style of play. Ireland would compete hard and the Afghanistan skipper would want his players to put up their best show in this game.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz comes back to the side and he will be expected to provide a good start with Najibullah Zadran. In the middle order the side has good experience with Asghar Afghan and Rahmat Shah. They will need to do the scoring along with Usman Ghani. Mohammad Nabi and Gulbbadin Naib will have to put their hitting abilities to good use down the order in this game.
With the ball the side would be expecting good start from Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Yamin Ahmadzai as Ireland has good firepower at the top. Nabi and Rashid Khan would need to make good use of the conditions and they would be the bowlers to watch out for the side. With Naib and Rahmat Shah in the bowling setup they have the attack to trouble the Irish side.
Who will win the match
AFG will win the match
The bowlers have been wild in the competition with additional skip and pace on offer. While the spinners haven’t got a lot of help from the pitch, the pacers ought to be vital to either’s side succ 90thess with batsmen keeping their assaulting impulses under control at an opportune time. 75-80 ought to be a game dominating complete on this surface with the two sides hoping to field after winning the throw.
Afghanistan (AFG) – Key Players
Ireland (IRE) – Key Players
Andrew Balbirnie (c)
Kevin O Brien
AFG vs IRE – Team Squad
Afghanistan (AFG): Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmat Shah, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Yamin Ahmadzai, Usman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Sayed Shirzad, Najibullah Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf
Ireland (IRE): Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, David Delany, Gareth Delany, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Craig Young