After defeating the Irish team in the first T20I, Afghanistan is set to host Ireland in the second T20I at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun. The Asian team would be hoping to seal the three-match T20I series heading into the second match. However, the visitors need to bounce back in style if they want to stay alive in this series. The stage is set for another intriguing contest between two dark horses in the cricketing world.
Ireland and Afghanistan are on the Indian tour for 3 T20Is, and 5 ODIs. Having won the toss, Ireland elected to bat first in the opening T20I. They posted a below-par score of 132 runs in their quota of 20 overs. Paul Stirling looked in good knick for his 23 runs before getting out to Mohammed Nabi. Their batting lineup started to collapse when they found themselves reeling at 65-6. But Stuart Poynter and George Dockrell steadied the ship to post 132 runs on the board. Irish bowlers tried their best to bring their team into the contest but lost the match in the final over by five wickets.

The Afghans were the clear favorites going into the opening match of the series. That proved out to be the case when they held their nerves till the very last over to emerge victorious in the first T20I. Though, Afghanistan stumbled in the initial stages while chasing a small total and found themselves lurching at 50-5 after just seven overs. Mohammed Nabi and Najibullah Zadran stitched a match-winning partnership to bail their side out of trouble. The duo added 86 runs to take Afghanistan over the line in the opening T20I. After this win, Afghanistan has extended their winning streak as they haven’t lost any match against the Irish side since 2013. The Afghans would be eyeing to emerge victorious in the second contest against Ireland to clinch the T20I series.

 

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

League: Bangladesh Premier League 2019

Live Telecast: DSPORT

Online Streaming: Rabbitholebd Sports YouTube Channel to live stream BPL matches in India

 

Ground Stats T20

Total matches 4
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 148
Average 2nd Inns scores 133
Highest total recorded 167/8 (20 Ov) by AFG vs BAN
Lowest total recorded 122/10 (19 Ov) by BAN vs AFG
Highest score chased 135/4 (18.5 Ov) by AFG vs BAN
Lowest score defended 145/6 (20 Ov) by AFG vs BAN

 

 

Head To Head

 

Played: 14

No Result: 01

Ireland won: 03

Afghanistan won: 10

 

 

Team News

 

Ireland

  • Irish bowler Thompson will miss the second T20I due to his hamstring.

Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan are likely to go with the same winning combination.

 

Squads

 

Afghanistan-

Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan(c), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Zahir Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Karim Janat, Fareed Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Ziaur Rahman

Ireland-

George Dockrell, Paul Stirling(c), Simi Singh, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Shane Getkate, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker

 

Key Players

 

Afghanistan

  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Asghar Afghan
  • Rashid Khan

 

Ireland

  • Paul Stirling
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Peter Chase

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Ireland

Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Simi Singh, Shane Getkate, Peter Chase, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, Andrew Balbirnie, Boyd Rankin, George Dockrell, Joshua Little

Afghanistan

Hazratullah Zazai, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Samiullah Shenwari, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat

 

FUNTUSH SAFE XI

 

 

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

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