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IRE vs AFG, 1st T20I: Match Preview, Pitch Report, Match Detail and Match Prediction

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IRE vs AFG: Afghanistan is set to play a T20I series of 5 matches against Ireland and the first T20I will be played on 9th August, 2022 in Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast. In recent times Ireland have played against India, New Zealand and South Africa though they lost against every team but they have displayed the potential to defeat any team on their day especially Lorcan Tucker and Harry Tector. 

Afghanistan have not played T20I games in recent times but their players are masters of the shorter format. They last played a T20I Series in June 2022 against Zimbabwe and won the series with the score line of 3-0. Both sides would look to start the series on a positive note and make an impact initially.

IRE vs AFG: 1st T20I
Pitch Report

The surface is better for the team who bats in the 2nd inning, once the pitch gets older it starts helping the batsmen. So, the both captains should look to bowl first if they won the toss.

Probable Playing XI:
Ireland

Paul Stirling ©, Andrew Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, Harry Tractor, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy, Mark Adair, George Dockrell.

Afghanistan
Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Najibullah Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi ©, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad.

Match Details

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast.
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Date: Tuesday, 9th August 2022
Streaming Platform: FanCode

Match Prediction

Afghanistan is touring Ireland after defeating Zimbabwe in a T20I series and surely they will be the favourites for this match. However, Ireland has also played some good cricket throughout their recent series but wasn’t able to win any one of them and they would be keen to do so. 

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