After a 3-0 mauling in the Twenty 20 series, Ireland would hope for a change in fortune when they take on confident Afghanistan in the first of five-match ODI series on Thursday. The T20I series way one-sided, and the Afghans would look to take this opportunity to rehearse for the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2019.
William Porterfield takes over the captaincy duties from Paul Stirling for the ODI series. Tim Murtagh is another who adds to Ireland’s bowling attack which looked toothless in the Twenty 20 series. On the other hand, Shapoor Zadran and Dawlat Zadran come into the Afghani unit to give their bowling more credibility.
“Happy to lead the boys. I want to thank the Afghan locals who are here” – Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan Captain
“I think if you get in, you really need to go big. Hopefully down the line we’ll have some more lads learn from Kevin and Andy. We’ve got a few lads coming in for the ODI series, so excited to have them around. We have three days of training.” – Paul Stirling, Ireland Captain
Pitch conditions: Going by the T20Is played at the venue, there is no dearth of runs on this track. Expect a run-fest!
Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI Match Schedule
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
February 28 at 01:00 PM IST
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
Afghanistan – 3, Ireland – 2
Afghanistan – T L L W W
Ireland – L W L L W
Ireland Team News: William Porterfield takes over the reign from Paul Stirling for the ODI series.
The probable lineups for Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI
AFGH Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi
All-rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
IRE Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Stuart Poynter
Batsmen – William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie
All-rounders – Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, Simi Singh,
Bowlers – George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase, Boyd Rankin
Afghanistan ODI squad: Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Zahir Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Fareed Malik, Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah and Samiullah Shenwari.
Ireland ODI squad: William Porterfield (c), Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, James McCollum, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell and Andy McBrine.
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Shahzad can turn out to be a difficult customer on his day.
Batsmen – We’d go with Paul Stirling and Hazratullah Zazai for the first two batting options. William Porterfield and Asghar Afghan are among other options.
All-rounders – Mohammad Nabi should not be missed given the form he is in.
Bowlers – Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are the top bowling picks.
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