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T20I 5th 2022 Afghanistan Vs Ireland Match Prediction: Ireland will need to put up their best performance as the Afghanistan have gained good momentum

2022/11/03
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Afghanistan will lock horns with Ireland in the 5th and final 2022 T20I of the series on 17th August in Belfast. Both teams have won 2 games each and the winner of this match will claim the series.

Ireland won the first two games and they were looking the favorites to win the series but Afghanistan made an excellent comeback in the next two matches and comprehensively thrashed Ireland to level the series.

In the previous match, Afghanistan registered a comprehensive victory of 27 runs against Ireland. The match was reduced to just 11 overs per innings due to some heavy rain. Batting first, Afghanistan scored runs at a quick rate but they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. The Afghan side lost their first 5 wickets on just 76 runs in the 8th over and 4 out of those 5 dismissed failed to cross the double-figure mark.

T20I 5th 2022 Afghanistan Vs Ireland Match Prediction

Najibullah Zadran and Rashid Khan then smashed the Irish bowlers all around the ground in the last 3 overs. These two added 50 runs in just 18 balls. Afghanistan finished their innings on 132 for 6 from 11 overs. Najibullah Zadran scored a brilliant half-century on just 24 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes. Rashid Khan also slammed 31 runs off just 10 deliveries at a strike rate of 300 plus. He smashed 1 four and 3 sixes in his blistering knock.

In reply, Ireland’s openers started quickly but both of them failed to get going. Paul Stirling scored 20 runs off 9 balls while Andrew Balbirnie scored 15 off 5 balls. After tha, the Irish side kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out on 105 runs in the 11 overs. George Dockrell was the top scorer with 41 runs off 27 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Fareed Ahmad was picked up of the bowlers with 3 wickets from his 2 overs while Rashid Khan and Naveen-ul-Haq also picked up 2 wickets for his side. Rashid Khan was given the Player of the Match award for his superb all round performance.

T20I 5th 2022 Afghanistan Vs Ireland Match Prediction

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Match Details

  • Teams - Afghanistan vs Ireland, 5th T20I
  • Date - 17th August, Wednesday
  • Time - 3:30 PM IST
  • Venue - Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

Average 1st Innings Total

The average 1st innings score at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast is 150 runs.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Head-To-Head Record In T20Is

Here is the head-to-head record between Ireland and Afghanistan in T20 Internationals.

  • Total Matches Played - 22
  • Ireland won - 5
  • Afghanistan won - 16
  • Tie/ No Result - 1

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Pitch Report

The pitch at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast usually mostly helps both the batting side and bowling side. The batters will need to play carefully until settling down and then they can freely play their shots. The fast bowlers will get some movement early on while the variations will be the key on this wicket. Both teams will like to bat first on this surface.

Weather Report

The temperature in Belfast on Wednesday for the 5th T20I is expected to hover around 19°C with 68 percent humidity on match day. There are less than 30 percent chances of rain during the match.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Pitch Squads

Ireland

Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, and Craig Young.

Afghanistan

Mohammad Nabi (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Noor Ahmed, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Farid Ahmed Malik, Naveen ul Haq.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Probable Playing XI

Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams.

Ireland

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Lorcan Tucker(wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little

Afghanistan

Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi(c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad Malik

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Pitch Possible Star Batter Of The Match

Najibullah Zadran

Najibullah Zadran is one of the most experienced Afghan batters. He is currently looking in great touch in this series. The left-handed batsman scored an excellent half-century in the previous match. He smashed 50 runs off 24 balls including 3 fours and 4 sixes. He is likely to play another good knock for his side in the final and most important game of this series.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Pitch Probable Star Bowler Of The Match

Fareed Ahmad

Fareed Ahmad has been added to the playing 11 for the first time in 2022. He last played a T20I match for his side in 2021. The left-arm pacer was in an outstanding rhythm and had great control on his line and length in the previous game. He picked up 3 wickets for just 14 runs in 2 overs which is also his best bowling figure in T20 Internationals.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Probable Star All-Rounder Of The Match

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan surprisingly went wicketless in the first three matches of the series but he made a superb comeback in the previous game. The Afghan star delivered an all-round performance in the 4th T20I and won the Player of the Match award. He slammed 31 runs off 10 deliveries with the bat and guided his side to a total of 132 runs. The leg spinner also picked 2 wickets for 21 runs in 4 overs with the bowl and he is expected to deliver another match-winning performance in the decider.

Afghanistan Vs Ireland Match Prediction Who Will Win

Ireland was exceptional in the first two games but they have been outplayed by Afghanistan in the next two games. Afghanistan has delivered in both batting and bowling departments to level the series and now they have a big chance of winning it.

Ireland will need to put up their best performance as the visitors have gained good momentum and the fans will witness a nail-biting contest between these two sides in the decider. The team combination of Afghanistan is looking better as compared to the hosts.

Hence, we predict that Afghanistan will beat Ireland in the 5th and final T20I of this series.

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