AFG vs IRE Fantasy Prediction: Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI – 21 January 2021 (Abu Dhabi). This is the first ODI series for Afghanistan after 2019.
Hosts Afghanistan will take on Ireland in the 1st ODI match of the three games ODI series. Ireland will face a tough test against the Afghanistan spinners.
Afghanistan is playing their first ODI after 2019, and this is going to be a big series for them. Rashid, Nabi, and Mujeeb are the champion spinners of the side, whereas Naveen is their lead pacer. Rahmanullah Gurbaz is set to make his ODI debut in this game. Ireland played really well in their last ODI game, and this series is going to be yet another tough test. The likes of Sterling & Balbirnie will lead the batting, whereas Simi is their lead spinner. This game can be a cracker one to watch out for.
Pitch Conditions and Weather Details
This pitch is a batting paradise, but it gets a little slow as the match progresses. The average 1st innings score at this ground is 249 runs.
Probable XI for both sides:-
Afghanistan – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Ireland – Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, Gareth Delany, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young.
Three Match ODI Series
Match: Afghanistan vs Ireland First ODI Match
Date and Time: 21 January, Thursday- 11:00 AM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
AFG vs IRE Fantasy Wicket-Keeper
Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be our wicket-keeper in this game. Gurbaz has scored 332 T20I runs at an average of 33.2, whereas his strike-rate has been 140.68. He is going to make his ODI debut in this game.
AFG vs IRE Fantasy Batsmen
Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, and Kevin O’Brien will be our batsmen from Ireland. Stirling scored 156 runs at an average of 52 on the last England tour, whereas Balbirnie scored 131 at an average of 43.67. Both of them batted well in the last series against AFG as well. Kevin is an ODI veteran and has scored at an average of 30.14, whereas he has scalped 114 ODI wickets as well. All three of them are brilliant players and will bat in the top-order.
Rahmat Shah will be our batsman from Afghanistan. Shah has scored 2359 ODI runs in 72 games, whereas his average has been 35.21. He is the best batsman of the Afghanistan side.
AFG vs IRE Fantasy All-Rounders
Mohammad Nabi will be our all-rounder from Afghanistan. Nabi is a veteran of 2796 ODI runs, whereas he has scalped 130 wickets in his bowling. He is an ace all-rounder and plays cricket all around the world.
Curtis Campher and Simi Singh will be our all-rounders from Ireland. Campher has scored 207 ODI runs at an average of 69.00, whereas he has scalped seven wickets in bowling. Simi scored a brilliant half-century in the last game, whereas he scalped five wickets with his spin. Both of them are the main all-rounders of this side.
AFG vs IRE Fantasy Bowlers
Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Naveen ul Haq will be our bowlers from Afghanistan. Rashid has scalped 133 ODI wickets in 70 games, whereas Mujeeb has 63 ODI scalps in 40 games. Naveen is a young pacer and plays franchise cricket in various leagues. All three of them are wicket-takers.
Match Prediction: Afghanistan are the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie
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