An all-round performance by Mohammad Nabi enabled Afghanistan to edge ahead against Ireland in a close game in the first T20I. Both teams had their moments but it was Afghanistan who fared better and hence Ireland will want their players to be more aware in the WI vs IRE 2nd T20I.
In this must-win game, Ireland will hope their top order takes more responsibility while Afghanistan will be hoping for a more clinical performance. And these three players will be the ones to watch out for in the second game.
The slow surfaces make this a contest between spinners but Boyd Rankin can make his presence felt with his gutsy pace bowling. He showed a glimpse of what he can do in the first T20I by claiming two wickets and Ireland will be sure that he is capable of much more.
His tall height can make a big difference especially against Afghanistan batsmen who are not used to playing quality pace bowling.
An all-round performance in the first T20I once again stamped Nabi’s importance in this series and the same can be expected from him in the second T20I.
The conditions will support his spin bowling and hence he remains a crucial threat for Ireland and a lot depends on how the Ireland batsmen tackle his bowling.
At the same time, his presence in the middle-order strengthens Afghanistan’s batting order and he can once again come in handy as a finisher.
The superstar leg-spinner did what was expected from him in the first T20I. He was economical and also picked two wickets. And now in the second T20I, he will be expected to repeat his heroics.
Rashid’s variations are hard to pick and hence he is the number one threat for the visitors. And on the other hand, the leg spinner will fancy his chances against a batting unit which hasn’t played a lot of spin historically.