Afghanistan and Ireland are set to lock horns in the fourth ODI at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Friday. After a string of defeats, Ireland bounced back in the third ODI to register their first victory of this Indian tour. Afghanistan has to find a way now to win this ODI series with two more games remaining. Both the teams will battle it out once again at the same venue to take the lead in this wonderfully poised ODI series.

Afghanistan faced a setback in their previous game against Ireland. Having won the toss, the Afghans opted to bat first and managed to post a competitive score on the board. Najibullah Zadran (104*) and Asghar Afghan (75) contributed with the bat and took their team to a challenging total of 256-8.  With the ICC World Cup in sight, Afghanistan would be eyeing to win the remaining game to seal this ODI series. Their batting strength has been quite impressive in this tour while the bowling department has stepped up at the right time.

After beating Afghanistan in the second ODI Ireland scripted a famous comeback in this series. The visitors must be delighted with their first victory of this Indian tour. Andrew Balbirnie was declared the Man of the Match for his unbeaten knock of 145 runs. George Dockrell (54) also played his part and stitched a match-winning partnership along with Balbirnie to take their side over the line with six balls to spare. Ireland would be hoping to keep this winning momentum in the remaining two games. Having lost the T20I series, the Irish will be desperate to perform well in the ODI series.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Friday, March 8, 2019

Time: 01:00 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

League: Ireland tour of India

Live Telecast: DSPORT

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Head-to-head (last five ODIs)

 

Afghanistan – 3

Ireland – 2

 

Recent Form

 

Afghanistan- L, NR, W

Ireland- W, NR, L

 

Team News

 

Ireland

  • Ireland are likely to go ahead with the same winning combination in this crunch game.

Afghanistan

  • Afghanistan is expected to field an unchanged playing team.

 

SQUADS

 

Ireland:

William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, James McCollum, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker

Afghanistan:

Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Zahir Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Fareed Malik

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Ireland

  • William Porterfield (c)
  • Kevin O Brien
  • Paul Stirling

Afghanistan

  • Hashmatullah Shahidi
  • Hazratullah Zazai
  • Rashid Khan

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Ireland:

William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter(w), George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron-Dow, Boyd Rankin

Afghanistan:

Hazratullah Zazai, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan(c), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

 

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FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

 

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