Fantasy Cricket Tips, Afghanistan Vs Ireland, Second T20I: Afghanistan took a 1-0 lead by beating Ireland by 11 runs in the first T20I at Greater Noida Sports Complex. Chasing a below-par 173, Afghanistan had scored 133-5 in 15 overs before rain stopped play. Openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz gave them a brilliant start before Simi Singh dismissing in the same over. Twin run-outs in quick succession reduced them for 70-4.
But, Samiullah Shenwari and Najibullah Zardan stitched together an aggressive partnership of 63 runs in six overs. Shenwari was bowled just before rain stopped play. But it was enough for them to win the game. Earlier in the game, the first innings panned out similarly. Irish batsmen scored 63 in the powerplay. Leggie Rashid Khan picked up three wickets which stopped the momentum of the innings. With lower-order failing massively, Ireland could manage 172 only. Both teams would want to improve their performance as World T20 is just months away.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Weather Condition/Report:
The weather is expected to be around 28 degrees. Unlike the first game, this game won’t have rain interruptions.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Pitch Condition/Report:
The pitch for the first T20I encouraged the batsmen to play their shots. Although the slower balls gripped the surface, run-scoring was easy. The second game might be another high-scoring encounter.
Average first innings score: 189 (Last four T20 Internationals)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 2
Injury and Availability: All Players are fit and available for selection.
Probable Playing XIs:
Afghanistan: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Bench – Qais Ahmad, Azmatullah Omarzai, Usman Ghani, Naveen ul Haq
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Boyd Rankin, Joshua Little, Craig Young
Bench – Gary Wilson, Barry McCarthy, Shane Getkate.
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Top Picks
Opener Hazratullah Zazai has been providing explosive starts at the top. Rashid Khan will again be the key player for Afghanistan. With few new faces in the squad, it will be difficult to handle the leg-spinner. For Ireland, the all-rounders’ duo of Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien were brilliant in the first game and will be contributing to them.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
Vice-Captain – Hazratullah Zazai, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Simi Singh, Andrew Balbirnie
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.1:
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters – Hazratullah Zazai(VC), Najibullah Zardan, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling (C)
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Simi Singh
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Shapoor Zardan, Boyd Rankin
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Suggested Playing XI No.2:
Keeper – Lorcan Tucker
Batters – Hazratullah Zazai, Najibullah Zardan, Kevin O’Brien (C), Paul Stirling
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Simi Singh
Bowlers – Rashid Khan (VC), Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Fantasy Cricket Tips: Expert Advice:
The first game saw openers providing big starts. Hence every fantasy player must try to pick as many top-order batsmen as possible. The slower balls gripped the surface and troubled the batsmen. Fill your fantasy playing 11 with medium pacers and spinners. Use these fantasy cricket tips to pick a winning team.
Afghanistan is a stronger side in the shortest format. They are favorites to win this game.