After winning the Twenty20 International series, Afghanistan team is showing their dominance in One-day International (ODI) cricket as well. They completely outclassed Ireland in the first ODI and are looking to seal the series on Wednesday (29th August) at Belfast. Also, we’ve discussed the match preview of 2nd ODI of Ireland Vs Afghanistan thoroughly.
Afghanistan is high in their confidence while Ireland would like to turn the tables on Tuesday (August 29)). Hosts always tried their best to score against Afghanistan, but somehow they are ending up on the wrong side of the things.
Batting department should end their sorts:
Usually, the batting department has always been the powerhouse for Ireland. But, of late, their bowling department is doing the bulk of a job, and the batting section has relaxed thus seeing the downfall of Ireland.
The seniors like Paul Stirling, Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien should get back to their form to do the job for Ireland.
Apart from Andrew Balbirnie, none of the Irishman showed their skills facing Afghanistan bowlers.
Afghanistan would like to seal the series:
Meanwhile, the visitors have got the golden chance to seal the series facing underperforming Ireland. They have availed the services of bowlers who can defend any total on their day.
If there is any backlog for Afghanistan, it should be there batting section. They were blown out by Tim Murtagh’s stupendous spell on in the first game. Seniors in the team need to step up.
Head to Head:
Both equalled the stats with each team winning nine games out of 20 matches. The rest two games were abandoned due to rain.
Date & Time – August 29th, 2018; 03:15 IST.
Venue – Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.
The weatherman predicts weather forecast – no rain but the cold day is at the store.
Match Preview: Ireland Vs Afghanistan 2018, 2nd ODI – Belfast:
Ireland: Paul Stirling, William Porterfield(c), Andrew Balbirnie, Niall O Brien(w), Kevin O Brien, James Shannon, Gary Wilson, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Andy McBrine, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh, David Delany
Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad(w), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Afghan(c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Wafadar
Trivia – Tonight, Afghanistan Cricket Team will be playing their 100th ODI match. They are the 14th team in the world to do so.