Ireland kickstart their tour of India with the T20I against Afghanistan. The two teams will be playing three T20Is, five ODIs and one Test and hence both teams will want to start this big series on a high note by winning the first T20I. Thanks to franchise cricket, both teams feature a few popular names including Rashid Khan and the onus of steering their respective teams home lies on their shoulders. And here are the top three fantasy cricket picks for the AFG vs IRE 1st T20I.
The equation is simple during this series. The fate of the series will be decided by how Ireland batsmen handle Afghanistan’s spin threat. And one key spin challenge will be presented by Mohammad Nabi.
The off-spinner bowls with a big heart and importantly has the skills to bowl at any stage of the game. Hence he can make a massive impact and the fact that he can contribute with the bat as well makes him a player to watch out for.
Ireland’s batting will revolve around Paul Stirling, the skipper and the senior member of the team. And the good news for the visitors? Stirling is in fine form and recently scored two back to back fifties against Oman and Scotland.
Sterling has experience of featuring in 182 T20s and he also maintains a healthy strike rate of 142.07. His battle against the Afghanistan spinners will be an interesting one.
Make no mistake, when these two teams enter the field in the first T20I, all eyes will be on Rashid Khan, the superstar in the shortest format of the game.
Rashid’s leg-spin has threatened, troubled and decapitated batting units across the world and Afghanistan will be expecting the same from him against Ireland.
The contest between Rashid and Kevin O’Brien will be a mouth-watering prospect for the fans as Rashid loves to dismantle the stumps while O’Brien is known for his lusty blows.