Ireland and Afghanistan will be locking horns for the 2nd T20I today in Belfast. Ireland had a comprehensive victory in the first T20I by seven wickets and just a ball remaining. Afghanistan had posted a target of 168 which the hosts easily chased down thanks to Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling’s contributions at the top. Additionally, Lorcan Tucker also made a half-century which helped Ireland to clinch victory against Afghanistan. Balbirnie also made a fifty while chasing.
Afghanistan on the other hand, could not do much damage to the Irish batting lineup. In the first innings, Usman Ghani and Ibrahim Zadran scored 59 and 29 respectively. Barry McCarthy took 3 and George Dockrell got 2 wickets respectively. The visitors would now have to perform better in today’s match if they want to outclass Ireland.
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Match Format: T20I, Match 2, T20I Series
Date: 11th August 2022
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Streaming Platform: Fan Code
Belfast’s pitch has been duly supportive for batters and will remain so for today’s match as well when it comes to T20 games. The average first innings score here is 168 and usually, the teams who have batted first here have gone on to win the game as well.
Team News & Injury Updates for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Both teams have no injury concerns at the moment and so will be playing at full strength.
Complete Squad for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Andy McBrine, Curtis Campher, Fionn Head, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Stephen Doheny (wk), Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Mark Adair
Darwish Rasooli, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Usman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi (c), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Afsar Zazai (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Nijat Masood, Noor Ahmad, Qais Ahmad, Rashid Khan
Probable Playing XI for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
The Irish have done well in the first T20I and would like to continue with the same squad for today’s match as well.
Predicted Playing XI:
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
The visitors may or may not make any changes to their squad for today’s match but they need to put up a better performance from the previous match.
Predicted Playing XI:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi
Top Picks for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
The Irish allrounder has been in the Irish side for a long time now. But, in the first T20I, he did not get a chance either to bat or bowl. However, he had an excellent series against New Zealand and played many domestic T20 matches before.
Ireland’s experienced fast bowler took three wickets in the opening game against Afghanistan and gave away only 34 runs. In his last five T20Is, McCarthy has taken a total of 8 wickets.
The keeper-batter is in the prime of his career as he has been playing consistently well for Ireland. In the first T20I, he once again smashed a fifty and this is also his third fifty in his last five matches.
Ghani is also in top form for Afghanistan and he made his fourth fifty in T20Is in the last match. This was also his second consecutive half-century in T20Is. Ghani has done well in domestic T20 matches and will be an important batter for his team in today’s match.
The skipper of Afghanistan was in good form against Zimbabwe with both bat and ball. He made 89 runs and took two wickets in the three T20Is. Against Ireland, he managed to score only five runs and took a single wicket.
The Afghanistan leggie is ranked third in ICC T20I bowling charts. Although he could not get any wickets in the first match, he nonetheless remained an economical bowler for his team.
Players to avoid for the IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
The experienced Irish batsman played a crucial knock of 31 runs in the last match but this was only his second 30-plus knock in his last nine T20I matches.
Although the pacer is a good option for Afghanistan in the future, currently he has been struggling to take wickets at a consistent level.
Our Playing XI for IRE vs AFG 2nd T20I Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Lorcan Tucker (vc), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Curtis Campher, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barry McCarthy
Ireland will most probably win this match as they have been playing some excellent cricket in the recent past.
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