Afghanistan vs Ireland – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Afghanistan vs Ireland taking place? Sunday 24th January, 2021 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is Afghanistan vs Ireland taking place? Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

What is the expected weather for Afghanistan vs Ireland? 23c with sunshine

What channel is Afghanistan vs Ireland on? The match will be televised live in the UK on FreeSports (Sky channel 422)

Where can I stream Afghanistan vs Ireland? The match will not be streamed live in the UK

LAST MEETING
Afghanistan beat Ireland by 16 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AFGHANISTAN

  • Afghanistan got off to an excellent start by winning the first in this three-match one-day international series on Thursday and they will look to seal the series’ win here against the Irish.
  • They will be keen to bat first once again to apply pressure on the tourists and they will hope Rahmanullah Gurbaz can produce the goods once again following his run-a-ball 127 in the first game which laid the foundations for the victory.
  • It is hard to imagine they make any changes to their starting eleven for this game although they will be desperately hoping their middle order can improve after none of their batsmen between three and six managed to reach double figures.

IRELAND

  • Ireland slipped to a narrow 16-run loss in the first ODI but they will have been frustrated by Rashid Khan’s big-hitting which saw Afghanistan post a total which was arguably 30-40 runs more than they anticipated after they had reduced them to 208/7 in the 42nd over.
  • Despite Andy McBrine’s impressive 5/29 from his ten overs, there was some poor bowling early in the innings and then at the death so that is something they have to improve if they are to compete better in this second game.
  • While Paul Stirling managed 39 from 40 balls at the top of the order, their struggles early in continued as Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie failed once again so they need their top order to find some form if they are to have a chance of levelling the series.

THE PREDICTION

Afghanistan won the first one-day international against Ireland but that game could easily have gone the other way had Ireland done better in some key moments. They will be left to rue their bowling to Rashid Khan at the death of the Afghan innings and that made their chase all the harder. They will be confident of improving notably in this second game and pushing their opponents all the way. While there were areas of improvement for the Irish, Afghanistan also had plenty of room for improvement too so they will expect to put in a much better display. With a game under their belts, they can step up another gear and seal the series here.

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