Afghanistan vs Ireland
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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. 

Andrew Balbirnie PC
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“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.

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe
Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe (Image Credits: Twitter)

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.

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Ireland vs Afghanistan Head to Head in T20Is

Ireland vs Afghanistan
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Matches Played – 18 

IRE Won – 4 

AFG Won – 14

Recent Venue Records (Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast)

Irelnd vs New Zealand 3rd T20I
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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.

 

Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.