AFG Vs IRE Dream11 Team Probable Playing 11, Toss, Pitch And Match Report: Afghanistan strive to register their second win on the bounce and with it seal the three match T20 series today.
Failing to address their jittery bowling unit ended up costing Ireland once again with the side handed out a defeat in their series opener against Afghanistan. Despite putting on a titillating effort with the bat, the side’s inability to refrain the opposition from scoring came to the forefront once again to see them go down by 11 runs through the DLS method on Friday.
Competing in a tie hampered by widespread rainfall, Ireland came out to put 172 while batting first before the target was shortened to 133 in 15 overs for Afghanistan. And the Asian unit was more than up to the task with Ireland’s way ward bowling and an inability to stem the flow of runs seeing Afghanistan keep piling on the runs at a steady rate to take a crucial 1-0 lead in the series.
However, despite the defeat, Ireland had plenty of positives to accrue from the contest. Despite lacking quality, the side managed to make things jittery for their opponent with a gritty showing with the bat, one they’ll be looking to emulate come today as well and show their true capabilities to challenge the big sides in the fraternity.
Ireland showed what they are capable of the last time around with an astounding effort with the bat but were left ruing their bowling unit. It’s way too paper thin a unit and with this being a batting conducive surface, Ireland’s vulnerabilities with the ball will lead to their demise on the day once again.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
The incessant rainfall the track received during the first T20 will have some effect today especially given the short time for the ground to recover. The team winning the toss will be looking to step out and field first today and make whatever little there is on offer for the quicks before the wicket completely settles down to become a one track batting wicket.
Probable Playing 11
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (WK), Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young, Joshua Little
Three Match T20 Series
Match: Afghanistan Vs Ireland Second T20
Date And Time: 8th March, Sunday- 2:00pm IST
Venue: Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
5 Must Have Picks
- Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz , Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari
- Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin
AFG Vs IRE Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Needing a mere 13 balls to score 28 runs the last time around, Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz showed why he’s held in such high esteem in the country’s cricketing arena. He needed no time to settle in the middle and clean the ball to the fence to provide his side with the pinch perfect platform in the powerplay overs.
AFG Vs IRE Dream11 Batsmen
He was articulately assisted by counterpart Hazratullah Zazai who scored 23 in 15 balls in the same encounter to see the two stitch together an imperious 54 run opening stand in just 4.3 overs. With 42 runs in 21 balls, Najibullah Zadran came out and got his side’s house in order in a tricky period to make him our second selection from the side.
From the Ireland side meanwhile we’ll be beginning with the selection of Kevin O’Brien who scored 35 in 17 balls as his expansive strokeplay saw him capitalise on the pinch perfect batting conditions on offer. And the main reason he was allowed to have a free go at Afghanistan was due to his counterpart Paul Stirling who reminded everyone of his electric brand of batting with 60 runs in just 41 balls.
The 29 for Andrew Balbarnie sees us him in as well from the setup to wrap up our three man batting unit from Ireland for the contest.
AFG Vs IRE Dream11 All-Rounders
Both our picks are from Ireland over here with us beginning with Simi Singh from Ireland. The all-rounder showed why his ascendancy has been such a rapid one in the arena with the player stalling Afghanistan’s run chase with two prized wickets in his artillery.
He’s partnered alongside Gareth Delany to complete our one-two of picks from the visiting team for the upcoming encounter.
AFG Vs IRE Dream11 Bowling Order
Had it not been for Rashid Khan’s spell of 3-22, things could have been a whole lot different for Afghanistan the last time around. The spinner not only struck at regular intervals but sent back well set bats to ensure his side were able to curtail an Ireland batting effort which seemed to be running away with the match at one stage.
Mujeeb-ur Rahman also comes in for us from the unit or the day while from Ireland we’ll be venturing in with Boyd Rankin with his line and length making for dicey playing.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Ireland Bat First: After his display the last time around, Stirling comes in as our captain while Gurbaz is the vice-captain.
Afghanistan Bat First: We’ll opt for Zazai as our captain while Kevin is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Team
Gurbaz, Zazai, Stirling, Zadran, Kevin, Andrew, Singh, Delany, Khan, Rahman, Rankin
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Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.