Image for Rohit Sankar Rohit Sankar - October 14, 2022

Ireland vs Afghanistan: Both Teams Have Contrasting Results in Their Respective Last Five Games

  • Both teams have contrasting results in their respective last five games, with Ireland winning only one and Afghanistan losing one.
  • Afghanistan have a strong bowling attack of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi. 
  • Afghanistan lead the head to head record against Ireland by 3-2 in the last five meetings.

Ireland vs Afghanistan Odds

Odds for this match taken from bet365

Team Odds
Ireland -250
BET HERE
Afghanistan +200
BET HERE

Ireland vs Afghanistan Prediction and Pick

These two teams have competed against each other in 19 T20 internationals, with Afghanistan claiming 14 of those and Ireland winning five. As for the last five meetings, Afghanistan leads the scoreline by 3-2.

Expect Afghanistan to win the second T20I on Thursday (+200)

Pick made on 08/10/2022 at 09:45 PM EST

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

SI Sportsbook

9/10

Bet $20 Win $200

21+ CO, VA, MI Only | Terms and conditions apply

Ireland Vs Afghanistan 2022 08 11

Predicted XI

Ireland: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little

Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Afghanistan Look to Bounce Back and Level the Series

Ireland went 12 matches without a victory since Afghanistan’s rise in 2017, until they triumphed in a super over in the second last fixture between the two sides. The most recent clash on Tuesday went down to the wire, with Ireland winning it on the penultimate ball to take 1-0 lead in this five-match series. Afghanistan will look to address their mistakes in the second game and level the series on Thursday.

Usman Ghani was excellent for the visitors, scoring 59 off 42 while Ibrahim Zadran smashed 29 off 18 at the back end to push Afghanistan’s total to 168/7 in 20 overs.

Barry McCarthy picked 3 for 35 in four overs while George Dockrell bowled two overs for 7 runs and snared two wickets. Chasing the target, Ireland had a decent start but Paul Stirling could only manage 31 in 29 balls. Captain Andy Balbirnie scored 51 off 38 whereas Lorcan Tucker smashed a 32-ball 50. Needing 23 off the last two overs, Harry Tector (25* off 15) and George Dockrell (10* off 5) pulled off a memorable victory.

Team News

Both Ireland and Afghanistan are at full strength for this series. The Irish team, led by Andy Balbirnie, has shown great form in recent times, coming close to victories on several occasions. The batting unit comprises Stirling, Balbirnie, Tectot, Dockrell and Lorcan Tucker. Tucker’s promotion to no. 3 has been pretty successful. In the bowling department, they have Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy and Andy McBrine along with all-round options in Dockrell, Curtis Campher and Gareth Delany.

Afghanistan have a solid batting unit with the likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai and Ibrahim Zadran. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan offer an all-round skill set. Their batting can be strengthened if Hazratullah Zazai replaces Hashmatullah Shahidi. Afghanistan have a strong bowling attack, comprising Rashid, Nabi, Mujeeb, Naveen-ul-Haq and Fazalhaq Farooqi. In the first game, giving a couple of overs to Omarzai cost them big, something they’d want to avoid a repeat of.

Key Players

Usman Ghani: The 25yr old opening batter is one of the promising batters from Afghanistan. He has done a decent job in international T20s, scoring 660 runs from 27 matches at an average 26 while striking at 111. Ghani has registered four half centuries at this level. He has been very consistent in recent times, with some of his scores in the last eight T20 innings reading 59, 69, 32, 31, 72* and 46. In his overall T20 career, Ghani averages 33 with over 1800 runs and 13 fifties.

Lorcan Tucker: The wicket-keeper batter has had a middling record in T20 cricket, averaging less than 20 and striking at 133. But his recent move to no. 3 has done him wonders, with the batter scoring three fifties in his last three innings. Tucker hammered 77 off just 33 against NorthWest Warriors in the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy. He then smashed 78 in just 38 balls against the South African bowling attack. Tucker was superb in the first T20I of this series, hitting a 32-ball 50.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

Logo #1

WynnBet

8.8/10

Bet $100 get a $100 FREE BET

21+ | T&Cs apply

Logo #2

BetRivers

9/10

$500 Free Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

How to Watch Ireland vs Afghanistan

Teams Ireland vs Afghanistan
Location Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
Time Thursday, 11th August, 8 PM IST/2:30 PM GMT
How to watch FanCode Streaming Service (India), SportsMax (Caribbean), Fox Sports & Channel 7 (Australia), Sky Sport NZ (New Zealand), SuperSport (Afghanistan), Willow TV (USA), Sky Sports Cricket (United Kingdom)
Image for Rohit Sankar

AUTHOR

Rohit Sankar

150 Articles

Rohit is a cricket enthusiast striving to convey the finer details of the game in a capsule. He hopes to present a bird's eye view of the game, as he sees it, to the readers. He is smitten by the likes of ABD but crushes on pace bowlers who can make the ball talk. Email: [email protected]

More info on Rohit Sankar
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork
WorldSportsNetwork

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).

WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.