Ireland host Afghanistan for a five-match T20I series starting with the first T20I on August 9. All the matches will be played in Belfast. Ireland are heading into this series after losing a T20I series against South Africa 0-2.
Ireland lost both the games while chasing. They lost the first T20I by 21 runs and the second by 44 runs. Irish skipper Andrew Balbirnie yet again lamented a game which they could have won but was not to be.
“It wasn’t as close as the scoreboard suggested. We lost too many early wickets and couldn’t get back on in that chase. I thought our spinners bowled well, but they batted well and cashed in at the back end. It’s always like that, play out the tough ones and make the most towards the end. It’s great to be back next week (against Afghanistan), so that doesn’t give us a lot of time to look back at this series, it’s going to be a 5-match series and we’re very much looking forward to it” said Andrew Balbirnie.
Talking about Afghanistan, they played an ODI series against Zimbabwe in June. Zimbabwe lost all three games and faced a humiliating whitewash in the series. Zimbabwe lost the 1st ODI by 60 runs, the 2nd ODI by 8 wickets, and the 3rd ODI by 4 wickets. Mohammad Nabi will lead the Afghan side in the series.
IRE vs AFG Prediction- Who Will Win Today’s Match Between Ireland And Afghanistan, Afghanistan Tour of Ireland 2022, 1st T20I
Ireland vs Afghanistan Head to Head in T20Is
Matches Played – 18
IRE Won – 4
AFG Won – 14
Recent Venue Records (Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast)
STATS – T20
Total matches 26
Matches won batting first 11
Matches won bowling first 14
Average 1st Inns scores 121
Average 2nd Inns scores 106
Highest total recorded 190/5 (20 Ov) by BAN vs IRE
Lowest total recorded 53/10 (14.3 Ov) by NEP vs IRE
Highest score chased 180/4 (19 Ov) by NZ vs IRE
Lowest score defended 43/7 (9 Ov) by IRE vs BER
Who Will Score Most Rund For Ireland: Paul Stirling / Harry Tector
Who Will Take Most Wickets For Ireland: Joshua Little / Craig Young
Who Will Score Most Runs For Afghanistan: Najibullah Zardan / Hasmatullah Shahidi
Who Will Take Most Wickets For Afghanistan: Rashid Khan / Mohammad Nabi
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Ireland have found it tough to win games in recent times. Based on that theory, Afghanistan are favourites to win the game in the first T20I.