ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018

Ireland vs Afghanistan, 33rd Match, Super-Sixes 

The Big Picture

Ireland and Afghanistan will square off in the final Super-Six encounter in a bid to stake their claim for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. While Windies have already qualified. the race for the one remaining spot is set to intensify over this weekend. The winner of today’s match will qualify for the 2019 World Cup while in case of a washout, Ireland will go through on behest of a superior rate. The only chance for Zimbabwe to qualify is if today’s game ends in a tie.

Venue: Old Hararians Sports Club, Harare

Date: 23rd March 2018

ODDS IN FAVOUR OF KEY PLAYERS FROM BOTH TEAMS

While Ireland would want their lower middle order to fire, Afghanistan would be hoping their top-order steps up after a hiccup in the previous game against UAE

Top Batsman:

Mohammad Shehzad (AFG): The wicketkeeper-batsman has had an indifferent tournament thus far but the pedigree and class at his disposal the odds in favor of him performing is 7/2, meaning a return of 450 over at an investment of Rs

Najibullah Zadran (AFG): One of the heroes of the previous game against UAE, Najibullah Zadran is the vital cog in the Afghan wheel and the odds of him performing is 8/1, meaning a return of 900 over an investment of Rs 100.

Paul Stirling (IRE): After missing out in the last encounter, Paul Stirling would be looking to continue his rich vein of form against Afghanistan and the odds stacked in favor of him is 7/2 meaning a return of Rs 450 over a stake of 100.

Nial O Brien: Nial O Brien scored a valiant fifty in the previous game against Scotland and his chances of repeating the performance are 5/1, meaning a return of Rs 600 over an investment of Rs 100.

Top Bowlers:

Rashid Khan (AFG)– The leg-spinner is expected to have a greater say in this encounter and the odds in favor of him leading the attack is 11/10,  meaning a return of Rs 210 over a bid of 100.

Dawlat Zadran (AFG): The lanky fast-bowler has been in good form, and the odds of him performing yet again is 6/1, meaning a return of Rs 700 over a stake of 100.

Boyd Rankin (IRE): Boyd Rankin had an outstanding game against Scotland, picking up 4 crucial wickets and his odds of performing again is 3/1 meaning a return of Rs 400 over an investment of Rs 100.

Tim Murtagh (IRE): With ten wickets in five matches, the tall fast bowler has been a leader of the attack and odds of him stepping up yet again is 7/2 i.e a return of Rs 450 at a stake of Rs 100.

WHO WILL WIN THE MATCH?

So, who will clinch the first ever Test match between Ireland vs Afghanistan?

As per Bet365, The odds in favor of Afghanistan winning the game is 8/13 meaning a return of Rs 161.53 over a stake of Rs 100 while that of Ireland is 5/4, meaning a return of 225 over a stake of Rs 100.

OUR PREDICTION: As per the odds, Afghanistan is the prime favorite to win the match.