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.
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.
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
|Asghar Afghan (captain)
||Andrew Balbirnie (captain)
|Mujeeb ur Rahman
|| Boyd Rankin
|Naveen ul Haq
| 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