Lorcan Tucker has smashed three fifties in the last five T20 matches.
IRE vs AFG Team Preview:
Ireland (IRE) are set to host Afghanistan (AFG) in the 2nd T20I match at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on Thursday. Ireland won the opening clash by seven wickets with just a ball remaining. Afghanistan scored 168 runs while batting first with Usman Ghani scoring the highest 59 runs off 42 balls and Ibrahim Zadran scoring 29 runs off 18 balls. For the hosts, Barry McCarthy took three wickets and George Dockrell took two wickets. Ireland started strong with opening Andy Balbirnie scoring 51 and Paul Stirling smashing 31 runs. The in-form wicketkeeper batter Lorcan Tucker played a match-winning knock of 50 runs off just 32 balls to guide his team to a big win with a ball remaining.
IRE vs AFG Match Details:
Ireland vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Date & Time: 11th August at 8:00 PM IST and 3:30 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: FanCode
IRE vs AFG, 2nd T20I, Pitch Report:
The pitch at Civil Service Cricket Club is well suited for the big hitters in T20 games. The average first innings score here is 168 runs and teams batting first have won five of eight T20I matches so far.
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IRE vs AFG, 2nd T20I, Probable Playing XIs:
Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Usman Ghani, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
Top Picks for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
The in-form opening batter smashed his fourth T20I fifty in the last match and his second consecutive fifty in T20 format. He is in good form lately after impressive outings in the domestic T20 league and will be a key batter for his team on Thursday.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
The in-form all-rounder didn’t get a chance to bat and bowl in the first match but he was excellent with the ball against New Zealand and domestic T20 matches before this series.
The veteran Afghanistan skipper was in great form with both bat and ball against Zimbabwe in the last series with 89 runs and two wickets in three T20I matches. He managed to score just five runs and took a wicket in the opening match against Ireland.
Top Picks – Bowlers
In star leg spinner ranks third in ICC T20I bowling charts. He failed to take any wicket in the opening match but was the team’s most economical bowler. He will be a good captaincy choice for your Dream11 fantasy team on Thursday.
The experienced right-arm pacer took three wickets while conceding 34 runs in the first match and has taken eight wickets in his last five T20 matches.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
The star Irish wicketkeeper batter continued his red-hot form with another match-winning knock in the first match against Afghanistan. He smashed 50 runs off just 31 balls, which is his third fifty in his last five matches.
Both Tucker and Gurbaz are in good form lately and both should be in your Dream11 fantasy team. Gurbaz started well with 26 runs off 22 balls in the first match but failed to convert it into a big score.
IRE vs AFG Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Lorcan Tucker (vc), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Curtis Campher, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Barry McCarthy.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Lorcan Tucker, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Harry Tector (c), Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran, Usman Ghani (vc), Gareth Delany, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Barry McCarthy, Naveen-ul-Haq.
IRE vs AFG Risky Captaincy Choices:
The experienced Irish opening batter played a crucial 31-run knock in the first match against Afghanistan but this was only the second time that he scored a 30-plus knock in his last nine T20 matches.
The 21-year-old spinner took a big wicket of Andy Balbirnie and conceded just 22 runs from his three-over spell in the first match but he has taken only four wickets in his last five matches.
Player you should avoid:
The left-arm pacer has shown great potential to become a star bowler in near future but recently struggled for consistent wickets.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.