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Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st ODI: FPJ’s dream XI prediction for Ireland and Afghanistan

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Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI match will be on August 27 at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast. The match will start at 3:15 pm (IST). Afghanistan and Ireland both have an excellent head to head record against each other in the one-day cricket, they have played 17 matches together from which Afghanistan have won 8 and Ireland won 9.

Afghanistan won the T20I series against Ireland by 2-0. Hazratullah Zazai played a crucial role in his country’s victory as he played with a supreme strike rate of around 179 in the series. Rashid Khan remains the number one bowler in the T20I rankings released yesterday.

Afghanistan squad: Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Stanikzai(c), Najibullah Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam


Ireland, however, would like to make a turnaround in ODI. They will rely on their star performers, Niall O’Brien, Tim Murtagh, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson will be crucial to holding their batting line-up together and launching into attack mode when required against the considerably experienced Afghanistan bowling.

Ireland squad: Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling, William Porterfield(c), Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O’Brien, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Peter Chase