Rashid Khan made a classical comeback in the last game after failing to pick wickets in the first 3 matches.
IRE vs AFG Team Preview:
Ireland and Afghanistan will feature in the last match of the five-match T20I series on Wednesday (August 17) at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast. Ireland started really well in the series and won the first two matches. They needed one more victory to seal the series and earn their first T20I series win over Afghanistan. However, Afghanistan denied them this opportunity in the third game as defended a total of 189 runs and won the game by 22 runs. Afghanistan won the last game by 27 runs after scoring 132 runs in 11 overs as the game was reduced to 11 overs due to rain. Both the teams will be looking to win this game and seal the series.
IRE vs AFG Match Details:
Ireland vs Afghanistan, 5th T20I
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Date & Time: 17th August at 8:00 PM IST and 3:30 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: FanCode
IRE vs AFG, 5th T20I Pitch Report:
The pitch is expected to offer the same amount of support to both batters and the bowlers. The average first innings score at this venue in last 5 matches has been 157 runs. The team winning the toss might look to bat first and put a challenging total on the board.
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IRE vs AFG, 5th T20I Probable Playing XIs:
Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Fionn Hand, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
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
Top Picks for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
The middle-order batter struggled in the first two matches of the series and could make a total of 23 runs. He regained his form in the last two matches and is now the leading run-scorer for Afghanistan in the series. He made 50 runs off 24 deliveries in the last game and guided the team to a score of 132 runs in 11 overs.
He started this series with a half-century and followed that with an innings of 46 runs off 36 deliveries in the second game. He won the Player of the Match award in the first game. Balbirnie has not made a significant contribution in the last two matches and will be looking to win the series for Ireland with a notable score.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
He is the leading run-scorer in the series with 134 runs in 4 matches and is yet to be dismissed in the series. In the last two matches, he has made 40+ scores. He will be looking to finish the series on a high note.
With 6 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 18.67, Gareth Delany is the leading wicket-taker for Ireland in the series. The 25-years-old all-rounder picked a three-wicket haul in the last game.
Top Picks – Bowlers
After failing to pick wickets in the first three matches of the series, Rashid Khan made a classical comeback in the last game. He delivered an all-round performance in the fourth T20I and won the Player of the Match award. First, he scored 31 runs off 10 deliveries and guided the team to a total of 132 runs. With the ball, he picked 2 wickets for 21 runs in 4 overs.
He found a place in the playing 11 for the first time this year. His last outing for Afghanistan in T20Is was in March last year. The left-arm pacer was in a great rhythm and had a lot of control on his line and length in the last game. He went on to pick 3 wickets for just 14 runs in 2 overs which is also his best bowling figure in the shortest format.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
He starred for Afghanistan in the third T20I with a half-century and won the Player of the Match award. Afghanistan will be hoping for a fiery start from him in this game as well.
IRE vs AFG Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran (VC), Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, George Delany, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Mark Adair, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for IRE vs AFG Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Lorcan Tucker, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (C), Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran, Andy Balbirnie, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, George Dockrell, Rashid Khan (VC), Barry McCarthy, Naveen-ul-Haq
IRE vs AFG Risky Captaincy Choices:
He picked one wicket for 25 runs in the last game in 2 overs. This was his first wicket in the series after going wicket-less in the first three matches. He made his T20I debut this year against Bangladesh this year in March and has picked 6 wickets in 9 matches.
He has picked 5 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 21 in the series. He picked 2 wickets for 18 runs in 4 overs and won the Player of the Match award in the second T20I match. Little couldn’t pick a wicket in the last game and gave away 25 runs in 2 overs.
Player you should avoid:
He has made 335 runs in 15 T20Is this year at an average of 27.91. However, he has not been able to make a significant impact in this series. He has not been able to make more than 25 runs in the series and can be avoided in your fantasy team in this match.
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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.