The change in format did not help Ireland’s cause as they slumped to another defeat against Afghanistan in the first ODI of the five-match series. Ireland will continue their search for the first elusive win on the tour of India in the second ODI on Saturday. However, they must come up with a more effective gameplan deal with rampant Afghanistan side.
First Afghanistan vs Ireland ODI: As it happened
Ireland only performer on the tour, Paul Stirling, was the only batsman who could read Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The spinner struck thrice to reduce Ireland to 14/3 after 8 overs. Ireland batting could not recover and were bowled out for a below-par 161, with Stirling scoring 89 of those.
In reply, Afghanistan began the chase with a cautious approach. With the help of 40+ scores from returning Mohammad Shahzada and all-rounder Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan got over the line with five wickets and 8 overs remaining.
“We are happy to win the first match of the series. It’s (chasing) not a concern. Sometimes the wicket is like that and that’s why we play carefully at times. Shahzad played very well today.” – Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan captain
“We were short with the bat. No one struck it fluently. Someone had to put their hand up and go along with Paul.” – William Porterfield, Ireland captain
Pitch conditions: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium surface in Dehradun is likely to be a belter, although it was Afghanistan’s bowlers who blew the Irish batting in the last game here.
Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd ODI Match Schedule
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
2 March at 01:00 PM IST
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
Afghanistan – 4, Ireland – 1
Form Guide (last five ODIs, recent first)
Afghanistan – W T L L W
Ireland – L L W L L
Ireland Team News:
Ireland could make one change or two after dismal shows on the tour.
The probable lineups for Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd ODI
AFGH Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, (Doubtful – Najibullah Zadran, Shapoor Zadran)
All-rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Doubtful – Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam)
IRE Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Stuart Poynter
Batsmen – William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, (Doubtful – James McCollum)
All-rounders – Kevin O Brien, Simi Singh (Doubtful – Andy McBrine)
Bowlers – George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy
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 made a fine 43 on his return to International cricket.
Batsmen – Paul Stirling played brilliantly on a sluggish wicket. Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmat Shah were among others among the runs in the first ODI.
All-rounders – Gulbadin Naib had a good game with both the bat and ball. Mohammad Nabi, Kevin O’Brien and Simi Singh can be the other options.
Bowlers – Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are the top bowling picks basis current forms. Boyd Rankin and Dawlat Zadran had a good outing in the first ODI.
Risky options – Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, James McCollum, Najibullah Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Andy McBrine
This AFGH vs IRE Dream11 prediction is based on news sourced from various sources. We suggest you pick your playing 11 from the squad listed above basis AFGH vs IRE Dream 11 team news. Kindly revisit before the deadline to get the final update of the AFGH vs IRE Dream11 Prediction.