Afghanistan vs Ireland, 2nd ODI: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
It would take a herculean effort from William Porterfield and his men to turn the tables even in the second match of the series.
Updated - Mar 2, 2019 11:08 am
After another humiliating defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in the first ODI, it really seems difficult for the Irish to get on level terms with their opponents in terms of quality. Currently, one of the major factors separating both sides is the brilliance of Afghan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan.
The experienced batsmen like Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Andy Balbirnie will be the key for the visiting team, who lost their way a bit too easily in the first game. They need some composure and commitment in the middle, which seems like a Bermuda triangle to trace.
Afghanistan have everything sorted from power-packed strikers, calm heads in the middle order to a lethal bowling attack – they really are a difficult side to beat. It would take a herculean effort from William Porterfield and his men to turn the tables.
The 2nd game of the 5-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland will be hosted by the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
The match starts at 1:00 PM local time (IST) (7:30 AM GMT).
The game will be live on D Sport in India.
Last five completed ODI matches:
Afghanistan: W, T, L, L, W.
Ireland: L, L, W, L, L.
With clouds hovering around, there could be some interruptions to this game. Once again, it will be a dry wicket which would assist the spinners profusely.
Average first innings score: 161 (One ODI)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0
Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan(C), Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Bench: Javed Ahmadi, Zahir Khan, Shapoor Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Fareed Malik, Noor Ali Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Karim Janat,Aftab Alam, Sayed Shirzad.
William Porterfield(C), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Stuart Poynter (WK), George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Barry McCarthy, Boyd Rankin.
Bench: James McCollum, James Cameron-Dow, Peter Chase, Lorcan Tucker.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
744 runs in last 20 innings with one century and 6 fifties at an average of 37.2. He has 14 scores of 20+ in those 20 innings.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options –Paul Stirling, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shahzad
Vice-Captain options – Boyd Rankin, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib
Alternatives – Hazratullah Zazai, Andrew Balbirnie, Asghar Afghan, Kevin O’Brien
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues
Keeper – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Rahmat Shah, Hazratullah Zazai, Paul Stirling (C), Andy Balbirnie
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (vc), Kevin O’Brien
Bowlers – Dawlat Zadran, Rashid Khan, George Dockrell
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues
Keeper – Mohammad Shahzad
Batsmen – Rahmat Shah, Hazratullah Zazai, Paul Stirling (vc), Andy Balbirnie
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Simi Singh
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh
Since the spinners and bowlers are doing the most damage, you can consider having one of the bowlers as the captain or vice-captain, preferably Rashid Khan or Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Best and safe options from Ireland team
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Tim Murtagh.
Afghanistan are expected to romp home comfortably.