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Ireland vs Afghanistan, first T20I Match Preview, Predicted XI

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Ireland vs Afghanistan: Ireland is set to play against Afghanistan in the first of the five-match T20I series on Tuesday at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast. Ireland has been consistently playing cricket against some of the top teams. They have hosted teams like India, New Zealand, and South Africa. However, they lost all three series.

Ireland last hosted a T20 series against South Africa, which they lost by 2-0. Afghanistan, on the other hand, last played a T20I series against Zimbabwe in June 2022. They won all three matches in the series and defeated them 3-0.

For Ireland, Paul Sterling should open the batting alongside Andrew Balbirnie, while the middle order will consist of players like Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, and Lorcan Tucker. The bowling department will have the presence of Joshua Little, Mark Adair, and Barry McCarthy to name a few.

On the other hand, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk) and Hazratullah Zazai should open the innings, while the middle-order is expected to have players such as Hashmatullah Shahidi, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c). The presence of Azmatullah Omarzai and Rashid Khan will deepen the batting unit. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Naveen-ul-Haq are the two lead pacers in the team.

Ireland vs Afghanistan Probable XI’s:

Afghanistan

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq

Ireland

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

Pitch Report

The first T20I is slated to be played at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast. The pitch will have assistance for the batters and a high-scoring game is expected on the cards. Both teams should look to bat first upon winning the toss.


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