Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd Odi Preview

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After winning in 1st Odi with a huge margin, Afghanistan set to play 2nd Odi against Ireland. Like 1st Odi, this match also will be played at same venue. Ireland batsmen failed to face Afghanistan spinners. Can they bounce back and win in second Odi or will Afghanistan repeat the same?Have to wait and see what will happen. If Ireland wins this match they can level the 3 match series.

Venue

Sharjah Cricket Association stadium, Sharjah

Forecast

Clear Sunny day

Pitch Report

Just like in 1st Odi, pitch will support both seamers and spinners. Batsmen will struggle to face spin on this kind of wicket.

Team News : Afghanistan

After winning in 1st Odi, they will be eagerly looking to win in 2nd Odi and clinch the series. In the 1st Odi, both openers failed. There were lot of ups and downs during Afghanistan batting in 1st Odi. However they posted a fighting total on board and later won that game with the help of debutant Mujeeb Zadran and spinner Rashid Khan. The only positive sign for Afghanistan in terms of batting during 1st Odi was Rahmat Shah and Nasir Jamal. Both played some solid shots and made score board running. At one stage Afghans looked good but both the settled batsmen fell quickly and the new batsmen failed to make runs on that typical wicket. Their skipper Stanikzai is a very good batsman and he knows how to come back strongly after that failure in first game. Rashid Khan was outstanding with both bat and ball,meanwhile, Nabi was good with ball. After such an impressive debut for Mujeeb Zadran, he will continue in second Odi also. Only concern from the last match is opening slot, both Javed Ahmadi & ihsanullah made 10 runs. Either 1 of them may be replaced. Noor Ali, Najibullah Zadran, shapoor & Hamza are 4 available players apart from 11 played in last match.

Team News : Ireland

Ireland have surrendered completely to Afghanistan in 1st Odi. They did a good job with ball but failed with bat. The experienced Irish batsmen failed to face Afghan’s spin attack. There was no support for skipper Porterfield, who alone scored 30+ runs while chasing. There is nothing to speak about their batting. A part from skipper, all others failed completely and if they repeat the same then they will loose another series to Afghanistan. Simi Singh all rounder was expensive last day, they might bring Mulder a leggie impressed in recent times. Pacers Rankin and Murtagh  did a pretty good job with ball and they stopped Afghanistan from scoring runs. Ireland will expect the same kind of performance in 2nd Odi too from these two pacers. If Ireland bring Mulder then either Simi or Poynter will be permitted to bench. McCarthy, chase & Anderson are other available players but less likely to get a game after such a wonderful performance from Rankin and Murtagh.

Afghanistan Probable XI

Javed Ahmadi
Noor Ali / Ihsanullah
Rahmat shah
Nasir jamal
Stanikzai (c)
Nabi
Naib
Rashid Khan
Shafiqullah (wk)
Dawlat Zadran
Mujeeb

Ireland Probable XI

Porterfield (c)
Stirling
Balbirine
Niall O’Brien (wk)
Wilson
Kevin O’Brien
Poynter
Mulder / Simi Singh
Dockrell
Rankin
Murtagh
Prediction : In last match Afghanistan dominated in all aspects but we can’t underestimate team like Ireland. They are also a strong side. Backing Ireland it will be a 50 – 50 game for both teams.

 

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd Odi Preview
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