The 1st T20I of the three-match series between Afghanistan and Ireland will be played at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in Greater Noida.
The match starts at 2:00 PM local time & IST (8:30 AM GMT). It will be live on Star Sports. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Afghanistan will lock horns with Ireland in the first game of the three-match T20I series on Friday. They have announced a strong team for the series. In batting, they have Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Karim Janat, who can click good knocks with the bat. They can single-handedly win games for their side on their good days.
On the other hand, they have an extremely experienced and talented bowling line up that is equipped with world-class spinners like Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rehman. All these factors make them the favourites to win the series opener against Ireland.
Ireland will look to open their account with a win against Afghanistan on the back of their players. They boast a strong batting line up led by Paul Stirling. He holds a vast experience of international cricket that will play a vital role in the curtain-raiser against Afghanistan.
In middle-order, they have Kevin O’Brien, Stephen Thomas Doheny and Simi Singh, who can try to click some mesmerising knock for their side. Meanwhile, in bowling George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin and Craig Young will look to restrict their opponent on a nominal score.
The weather forecast says that the chances of rain are quite high but it will not affect the length of the match. The wind will be blowing at a rate of 13 to 18 km/hr whereas the temperature will hover between 14 and 21 Degree Celsius throughout the day according to Accuweather.
The surface is expected to be a sporting track with batsmen expected to get some favourable conditions. They can smack the bowlers all across the park from the beginning of the game. But, later on the wicket gets slow due to which the spinners start getting some assistance from the wicket. So, the team winning the toss will look to bat first to be on the safer side.
Average first innings score: 194 (T20Is played at this venue)
Record of the chasing team: Won- 1, Lost- 2, NR-0
Injury and Availability News:
(Will update if there is any news)
Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan (C), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Bench: Qais Ahmad, Usman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib/Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Stephen Thomas Doheny (WK), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young.
Bench: Barry McCarthy, Lorcan Tucker, Joshua Little
Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be an obvious pick for any Dream11 Fantasy team. He has so far scored two fifties in his last five outings in the shorter format. Paul Stirling cannot be ignored while picking any fantasy team due to his recent performances with the bat. He played a blistering knock of 95 runs against West Indies in his last T20I series. Rashid Khan and George Dockrell will play an important role with the ball for any fantasy team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Kevin O’Brien, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Paul Sterling
Vice-Captain Options: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (C), Stephen Thomas Doheny
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai (VC), Najibullah Zadran, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Sterling
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi, Simi Singh
Bowlers – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, George Dockrell
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:
Keeper – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batsmen – Hazratullah Zazai, Andrew Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien (C), Harry Tector
All-Rounders – Mohammad Nabi (VC), Simi Singh
Bowlers – Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young.
In the series opener both the teams can look to play with some new faces in their side. So, it will be wise for the user to wait for the confirmed playing XI.
User Tips: The user can opt for a team combination of two wicketkeepers, four batsmen, two all-rounders and three bowlers.
Afghanistan is expected to win the match.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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