Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I – 8/3/2020

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March 08, 2020
Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
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Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 8/3/2020

Afghanistan beat Ireland in the series opener by 11 runs. The Irish, though, would have fancied their chances of victory if the match had gone the full distance. Afghanistan’s target, however, was reduced after rain.

They will return to the same venue for the second match on Sunday, when dryer weather and a full match is expected. Afghanistan are the odds-on favourites in the cricket betting again to win this match and the series.

Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st T20I – Match Preview

Where: Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida

When: Sunday, 8 March 2020

Start Time: 14:00 (IST), 8:30 (GMT)

Pitch conditions: There were 35 overs played in the first match and 16 of those were spin. Both teams used a slow bowler to share the new ball with a seamer. Whoever wins the toss will likely look to bat first again and set a total rather than chase one.

Weather conditions: A high of 25 degrees Celsius is expected and just a 10 percent chance of rain, which might not materialise at all. Conditions will also be typically humid.

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Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I – Latest Odds

Afghanistan and Ireland are priced at 1.30 and 3.50, respectively, in the latest odds by bet365 to win this match. Victory for Afghanistan will obviously win them the series and set them up to conclude a whitewash in the final match. Triumph for the Irish will set up an intriguing decider to this series.

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I – Team News

Afghanistan were led by Najib Zadran with the bat and Rashid Khan with the ball in the opening match. They also have Mohammad Nabi and Qais Ahmed’s experience to draw on. The latter didn’t play in the first match, but would be a good option with the ball for the second. Fast bowler Shapoor Zadran’s return to the T20I XI was an expensive one, but he’ll probably shake of a bit of ring rust soon enough.

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Ireland would have been quick to assess conditions in the first match and might tinker with their XI accordingly. Shane Getkate could well come into the XI, adding to the bowling ranks with his decent seam and boosting the batting department with his solid ability with the willow. Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien proved promising at the top of the order, but at least one must go on to convert, perhaps even as far as three figures.

Afghanistan vs Ireland – T20I Squads

Afghanistan Ireland
Asghar Afghan (captain) Andrew Balbirnie (captain)
Hazratullah Zazai Craig Young
Karim Janat Stephen Doheny
Usman Ghani Lorcan Tucker
Samiullah Shinwari Harry Tector
Azmatullah Omarzai Paul Stirling
Qais Ahmad Simi Singh
Mujeeb ur Rahman  Boyd Rankin
Shapoor Zadran Kevin O’Brien
Naveen ul Haq Barry McCarthy
Rashid Khan Josh Little
Gulbadin Naib Shane Getkate
Mohammad Nabi George Dockrell
Najib Zadran Gareth Delany
 Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I – Betting Tips and Prediction

Two of world cricket’s smaller nations will take each other on again, with free cricket betting tips and T20 predictions well balanced for this match. Afghanistan are favourites, yes, but Ireland could spring a surprise. They will be hard pressed to do so in challenging conditions, though. Perhaps their experienced core can see them through against Afghanistan’s mavericks.

Rashid Khan to turn it on again

Globetrotting leg-spinner Khan showed his class in the series opener with three key wickets. Freed of the captaincy, Khan is gradually returning to his best after a bit of a plateau. He is offered at 2.50 to be Afghanistan’s top bowler in Greater Noida, where conditions should suit him again.

Paul Stirling to capitalise at the top

Opening batsman Stirling struck a half-century in the first match, characteristically going hard at the new ball while the field was still spread through the opening powerplay. He is solid in combination with O’Brien at the top of the order. Stirling is priced at 3.75 to be Ireland’s top batsman.

Best Bet: Rashid Khan to be Afghanistan’s top bowler at 2.50 with bet365

Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20I - FAQs

⚡ How can I bet on Afghanistan vs Ireland?

Use one of India’s best online cricket bookmakers to bet on Afghanistan in cricket. The best cricket betting websites will also have good Ireland cricket markets. Read our reviews on some of the best cricket sites to bet on.

⚡ Who won the first match of the Afghanistan vs Ireland series?

Afghanistan won the series opener by 11 runs in a rain-affected match. Najib Zadran starred with the bat and Rashid Khan shone with the ball.

⭐ Can I bet on Afghanistan and Ireland cricket with Indian rupees?

Yes, you can, via any one of the best online Indian bookies on the internet. A lot of the good ones have banking methods like Neteller and Skrill. The will be able to help you with deposits and withdrawals in rupees.

⭐ Who is Ireland's cricket captain?

For this series, Ireland’s cricket captain is Andrew Balbirnie. The experienced Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien are also in the squad.

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