The fourth ODI of the five-game series will be played between Afghanistan and Ireland, as the two rising nations try to lay down the marker in international cricket. Afghanistan are about to make their first-ever appearance in the ICC World Cup, and this is series is going to help them prepare themselves in the correct way for the grand event.
They have made some waves in recent years, and have asserted themselves to be one of the most talked about sides. The roster has some really talented players and many of the experts are claiming that this team is expected to cause some upsets. But, they have to get there on a winning note and need to win these last two games in order to garner some much-needed momentum.
Meanwhile, Ireland are not in the same position in terms of prestige as their opponents. They were once regarded as the team with a lot of potential, and if nurtured in the right way, could get some superstars. The lack of experience of playing regular cricket has always been their problem, but the management has been trying to cure it in recent years by making them play every other month.
An ODI series victory over Afghanistan will help the side in getting some confidence back in the players, and also help them make a bold statement.
Venue – Doon Sports Club, Dehradun, India
Date & Time – 8th March | 01:00 PM IST
Afghanistan – Aftab Alam, Asghar Afghan(c), Javed Ahmadi, Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Sayed Shirzad, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Zahir Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Fareed Malik
Ireland – William Porterfield(c), Tim Murtagh, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, James Cameron-Dow, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker
Afghanistan – Mohammad Shahzad, Hazratullah, Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Ireland – William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Stuart Poynter, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron-Dow, Boyd Rankin
Key Players –
Afghanistan – Najibullah Zadran | Asghar Afghan | Rashid Khan
Ireland – Andrew Balbirnie | George Dockrell | Kevin O’Brien