AFGHANISTAN VS IRELAND, 4TH ODI
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Balbirnie’s matchwinning ton comes as a confidence-booster for Eire © Getty
Having halted their dropping streak towards Afghanistan, Eire would look to construct on the momentum and seize an unassailable lead within the five-match ODI collection when the 2 groups conflict in Sport four in Dehradun on Friday (March eight).
After being crushed in 4 video games on the trot throughout the 2 limited-overs codecs and a washout, Eire lastly managed to tug one over Afghanistan with a slim four-wicket win within the third ODI. On a sluggish and low observe on the Rajeev Gandhi Worldwide Cricket Stadium, Eire’s batsmen have been typically discovered wanting towards Afghanistan’s spinners. Nevertheless, Andrew Balbirnie’s match-winning hundred in these robust situations confirmed the runs are there for the taking for many who can dig in. His unbeaten 145, and an important 143-run stand with George Dockrell, ought to encourage confidence in the remainder of the road up. Eire have seen some sparks of brilliance, however by no means the consistency of their batting division that led to a win-less journey till Tuesday.
The problem for the Irish workforce is to now do what they have not carried out plenty of of their rivalry with the Asian facet. Solely thrice have Eire managed to beat Afghanistan in successive ODI video games of their nine-year historical past. In the event that they accomplish that, on Friday, Eire will guarantee towards a attainable third collection loss to Afghanistan within the format in 5 makes an attempt.
Eire have struggled with consistency with the ball too, typically faltering within the dying overs the place Afghanistan have taken the sport away from them. Whereas however, the “hosts” have been led properly by the spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. With the collection on the road, Afghanistan would as soon as once more be banking on their bowlers to point out them the best way.
Afghanistan although have seen a special batsman put their hand up each time the going bought robust, however would a lot somewhat want consistency. The begins have been shaky, a lot to Eire’s credit score, that put undue strain on the center order many of the occasions. With World Cup barely months away, Afghanistan could be hoping to zero in on a batting core on the earliest.
When: March eight, 2019; 1:00PM IST | 7:30AM GMT
The place: Rajeev Gandhi Worldwide Cricket Stadium, Dehradun
What to anticipate: A partly clouded however humid day in Dehradun, with slight possibilities of rain within the afternoon.
Afghanistan: With a squad of 21, Afghanistan have not shied away from adjustments to their profitable mixtures and would possibly proceed to experiment with the larger aim of World Cup in thoughts.
Eire: Eire lastly appeared to have cracked the profitable system towards Afghanistan and, except there’s an harm concern, are more likely to subject an unchanged eleven.
What they stated
“The sport positively has developed within the final variety of years – you have a look at groups world wide and also you see there are guys coming in decrease down the order profitable matches. That is what it’s important to have – a batting line-up that bats deep. There’s not too many bowlers world wide as of late who cannot play slightly cameo with the bat, so it’s an increasing number of essential as of late that bowlers coming into the workforce wish to add worth with the bat in addition to the ball.” – George Dockrell
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (C), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Zahir Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Fareed Malik
Eire: William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Stuart Thompson