IRE vs AFG, 1st T20I, Match Prediction: Who will win today’s match between Ireland vs Afghanistan?

The first match of the series will be played on August 9.

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After facing New Zealand and South Africa recently, team Ireland will now face Afghanistan in a T20I series starting on August 9 (Tuesday).  All matches in the T20I series will be played at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, and it is going to be an exciting contest between the two teams.

While the home team will be led by skipper Andrew Balbirnie, the visitors will be under the command of their senior player Mohammad Nabi. Star player Mohammad Rashid will also feature in the five-match T20I series and will want to give his best with the ball.

IRE vs AFG Match Details

Venue:  Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

Date and Time: August 9, 8:00 PM IST

Telecast & Live Streaming: FanCode

IRE vs AFG Pitch Report

The wicket at Belfast is expected to be a good batting track with assistance for the new ball bowlers. A score above 160 can be a fighting total for the batting team. However, the skipper winning the toss might prefer to have a bowl first and chase the total later on.

IRE vs AFG, 1st T20I Probable Playing XIs

Ireland:

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, and Craig Young.

Afghanistan:

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Afsar Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Karim Janat, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Noor Ahmad.

IRE vs AFG, 1st T20I- Probable Top Performers

Probable best batter of the match

Paul Stirling:

Ireland’s prominent batter Paul Stirling was in decent touch against both New Zealand and South Africa recently. The right-handed batter has a lot of experience in playing T20 cricket, and he will want to give his best against a strong bowling line-up of Afghanistan.

Probable best bowler of the match

Rashid Khan:

Ace spinner Rashid Khan will play a crucial role for his team against the home side. Rashid has a variety of deliveries in his arsenal, and he can deceive the batters with his pace and variations. Rashid will want to have a good outing during the first T20I encounter and scalp some important wickets for his team.

Today’s Match Prediction: Chasing team to win the match

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision