Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd ODI: Match Details, Key Players and Predicted XI
Afghanistan and Ireland are set to collide against each other in the second ODI at Rajiv Gandhi stadium, Dehradun. The first ODI was played at the same venue where Afghanistan emerged victorious by five wickets.
Ireland are still struggling to find form on this tour, while the Afghans have made the most of their opportunities. This five-match ODI series will serve as a useful buildup for Afghanistan, who are preparing for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
Afghanistan are flying high on this Indian tour, with some exceptional performances by the players. After thrashing the Irish side 3-0 in the T20 series, they would be eyeing to seal the ODI series as well.
They started the ODI series in emphatic fashion by beating the European side by five wickets. Their bowling attack destroyed Ireland’s batting lineup in the first innings to restrict them to just 161 runs. Mohammad Shahzad (43) and Gulbadin Naib (46) then batted smartly to take their side over the line.
On the contrary, Ireland are having a horrible time in India as they are still searching for their first victory on this tour. They have an uphill task in the second ODI against an in-form opponent.
The seasoned campaigners in the Ireland team need to step up in this upcoming match. The players have to look for answers within themselves and make some changes in their approach before it's too late.
Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 01:00 PM IST
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
League: Ireland tour of India
Live Telecast: DSPORT
Head-to-head (last five ODIs)
Afghanistan – 4, Ireland – 1
Afghanistan – W T L L W
Ireland – L L W L L
Mohammad Nabi will play in the upcoming as he has recovered from his injury.
Ireland could make one or two changes ahead of the second ODI.
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
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
- William Porterfield (c)
- Kevin O' Brien
- Paul Stirling
- Mohammad Shahzad (w)
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Rashid Khan
Probable playing XI
Ireland: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, James McCollum, George Dockrell, Stuart Poynter (w), Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy
Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (w), Hazratullah Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan(c), Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran