Both teams eyeing positive start to five-match One-Day International series will meet in second ODI at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfaston on Tuesday (12 July) after rain washed away first game on 10 July.
The form of Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran played a key role in Afghanistan winning the two-match ODI series against Scotland 1-0. However, Noor Ali Zadran’s struggle at the top of the order and Stanikzai’s run-drought is a cause of concern for the tourists.
Hosts Ireland’s last competitive fixtures saw them being outplayed by Sri Lanka, who thrashed them in the two-match ODI series. Ireland’s form has dipped of late and while they do spring surprises, they are not consistent enough to do it on a regular basis.
They come into this clash as favourites, with Kevin O’Brien, Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling and skipper William Porterfield capable of winning matches on their own.
What is the full squad of Ireland and Afghanistan for 1st ODI on 10 July?
Afghanistan Squad: Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mirwais Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Asghar Stanikzai(c), Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Amir Hamza, Yamin Ahmadzai
Ireland Squad: William Porterfield(c), John Anderson, Ed Joyce, Mark Richard Adair, Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter(w), Paul Stirling, Sean Terry, Gary Wilson
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