Afghanistan vs Ireland, 1st T20I, Feb 21, Sat: Match Preview & Prediction

To give you a break from the big international matches, here is a small one that will surely keep you glued to your screens. Team Afghanistan and Team Ireland will be facing each other for 3 T20 matches, 5 ODI matches and 1 Test matches. All these matches will be played in India and will be a treat for Indian fans.

The series begins with the first T20 match and here is everything that you must know about it.


MatchAfghanistan vs Ireland, 1st T20I
Time7: 00 pm IST
VenueRajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Match days21 February 2019 (20-over match)
SeriesAfghanistan v Ireland in India, 2019
Match numberT20I no. 745


Team Afghanistan

Asghar Afghan (c), Farid Malik, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najeeb Tarakai, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari, Sayed Shirzad, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Usman Ghani, Zahir Khan, Zia-ur-Rehman

Team Ireland

PR Stirling, A Balbirnie, PKD Chase, GH Dockrell, SC Getkate, JB Little, AR McBrine, KJ O’Brien, SW Poynter †, WB Rankin, JNK Shannon, Simi Singh, HT Tector, SR Thompson, LJ Tucker †

Match Prediction

  • The average score for the venue is approximately 150 for the first innings and 135 for the second innings. Therefore, the team that wins the toss is likely to bat first and put a big score on the board.
    Team Afghanistan has been an emerging team in the past few years and is constantly climbing up as per ICC T20 rankings. The current positions give clear indication that team Afghanistan will win this match.
  • They are at the 8th position whereas team Ireland is at the 17th position with the lowest points.
  • Team Ireland is likely to take excessive pressure on their minds as the players would try to give in their best to begin this series on a winning note. However, you cannot expect team Afghanistan to play in a lighter mode and let the opponents win. Also, they have an experience of playing on this field against Bangladesh which will prove a stronger point for them.
  • The squads for both the teams have not been announced yet. The picture will be clearer when the squads are announced and only then can better cricket predictions be made.


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