Afghanistan once again proved why they are talked so highly in world cricket by defeating Ireland in the fourth ODI. With an unaccessible lead in the series, Afghanistan will now be looking forward to pocket the trophy by winning the fifth ODI.
Meanwhile, Ireland need a strong all-round performance if they wish to draw the series and they will be looking at their batsmen to up the ante.
In the Afghanistan vs Ireland 5th ODI, these three players will be worth watching out for as they can emerge as the match-winners in this series defining game on March 10.
A crucial half-century at number eight position yet again underlined the importance of Mohammad Nabi in this Afghanistan team. The off-spinner has claimed only three wickets in this series so far but his ability to rise to the occasion makes him a special player and with the series still alive he can make the decisive contribution on March 10.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. The Afghanistan skipper has scored two back to back fifties and that too when it mattered the most.
Afghan’s solid contributions in the middle overs have been the safety net for the team which is experiencing a lot of poor starts at the top of the batting order.
In the fifth ODI as well, a lot depends on how Afghan anchors the innings in the middle overs as if he bats deeps then Afghanistan can think of posting a respectable total on the board.
A man of the match award in the previous ODI will have boosted the confidence of Rashid Khan but we are yet to see his full potential as a bowler in this series.
The leg-spinner has four wickets in three innings so far but he is capable of inflicting much more damage and hence he will be looking forward to the final ODI to make a bigger statement.