Ireland vs Afghanistan Match Prediction Tips | Who will win Today's Match
Match 9, Super Sixes World Cup Qualifier
Ireland and Afghanistan lock horns in the penultimate match of the World Cup Qualifiers 2018. West Indies sealed one of two available World Cup berths, after rain affected game brought agony for the valiant Scotland side.
Afghanistan, who started the campaign as one of the strong contenders to grab the World Cup spots, have accumulated 4 points to currently sit at fifth place in the Super Sixes points table. For them to qualify, UAE must pip Zimbabwe in the Match 8. If Zimbabwe win, a win in this fixture would not matter more than a consolation.
The heartbreak for Scotland against Windies has given hope to the Irish unit. They will hope UAE wins against Zimbabwe and then they finish their campaign against Afghanistan on a winning note to advance through to the World Cup.
Date and time: 23rd March, 01:00 PM IST
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Ireland has had a roller-coaster of a ride in the campaign. They did well to secure a win against Scotland and present their contendership. With a strong performance in the last match, they are unlikely to make a change for this fixture. Ed Joyce could make a comeback.
William Porterfield (c), Boyd Rankin, Kevin O Brien, Niall O Brien (wk), Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling, Tim Murtagh, Andrew Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Simi Singh, Ed Joyce, George Dockrell, James Shannon, Peter Chase
Afghanistan are back in it after three consecutive wins, including victory against Windies. They are looking settled team and are unlikely to make changes to their winning combination.
Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai, Nasir Jamal, Ihsanullah Janat
Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Ireland: Skipper William Porterfield has piled 227 runs in 5 innings while Paul Stirling has made 212 runs in 5 games. Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin have been the stars with the ball.
Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi have got runs under their belt, while Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan have done the damage with the ball.
Just for the form, this contest is 60:40 in favour of Afghanistan. However, Ireland have plenty of experience in their ranks to come out on top.
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