Afghanistan vs Ireland : The match between Afghanistan and Ireland will be played at the MCG stadium. It is set to be played on 28 Oct,2022 and will officially start at local time and IST time. Weather prediction shows light showers could interrupt the match and some over might get lost but we can expect some result out of that game.
Ireland Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Qais Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Salim Safi, Usman Ghani Reaching the Super-12 stage in the T20 World Cup was in Itself is a big achievement for the Irish team but their win against England in the recent match must have boosted their confidence to the next level.
They won by 5 runs due to DLS method when rain interrupted the play and the match couldn’t proceed further. The explosive starting overs saved Ireland that day. They have a power-hitter as their opener, Paul Stirling, who is the top run scorer from the Ireland team and. In the last 28 innings, he scored 610 runs at an average of 22.59.
He is a wonderful slogger of the ball and he showcased his worthiness in the last match of World cup qualifiers against West Indies where he scored unbeaten and match winning 68 runs. Another prominent batter from the Irish side is Andy Balbirnie who is the captain of the Ireland team who scored 64 unbeaten runs against England. Another batter to look at is Lorcan Tucker who has been quite impressive since the tournament started. While in the last year, Craig Young, Andrew Mcbrine and Mark Adair have performed exceptionally in the bowling department.
The rise of Afghanistan in the previous few years has stunned many. Though the Afghanistan team lost their opening match against England, they were able to put England in a difficult situation and took the match to the end. It’s known to everyone that Afghanistan has some of the best bowlers especially spinners in their team who can give some extraordinary performances even on the bad days. It’s the batting department where the Afghanistan team struggles.
Out of the 105 T02s that Afghanistan has played until now, they were victorious in 68 matches while they lost 35 and 1 match ended in a tie. Their sloggers, who are Najibullah Zardan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zardan as well have the firepower in their bats. Two Afghani players are in the list of top all-rounders. Muhammad Nabi is on 2nd spot and Rashid Khan, a brilliant leg spinner is on 3rd spot who can bat too when needed. Rashid’s bowling against England was exceptional where he didn’t get hit for a boundary in his whole spell.
Though the pace bowling of Afghanistan team is weak, they can surprise their opponents like they did in the match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022. Naveen ul Haq, Fazal Haq Farooqi and Farid Ahmad Malik are their leading pace bowlers and their extraordinary performance will be needed if they want to defeat their opponents especially on Australian pitches.
Prediction Ireland won their last match against England. This shows that they have the ability to upset any team at any given day. So, Ireland are looking favourites for this contest but Afghanistan has a better bowling attack than Ireland. So it’ll be an exciting contest to watch.
Match: 23 Teams: Afghanistan vs Ireland T-20 World Cup 2022 Day: Friday Date: 27 October 2022 Time: IST: 09:30 PM GMT: 02:30 Local: 15:00 PM Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground