AFG vs IRE Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 2nd T20I match between Afghanistan vs Ireland?

Ireland took a 1-0 lead in the T20I series, winning the opening game by 38 runs.

By CricTracker Staff

Published – 16 Mar 2024, 14:35 IST | Updated – 16 Mar 2024, 14:57 IST

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Afghanistan (AFG) and Ireland (IRE) are all set to lock horns in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series on Sunday, March 17, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. Ireland took a 1-0 lead in the series, winning the opening game by 38 runs.

After being put to bat first in the first T20I, Ireland could post only a 150-run target with Harry Tector scoring an unbeaten 56 off 34 deliveries. Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan spearheaded their bowling attack, finishing with figures of 3/19. The Afghan Atalans later suffered a collapse with the bat as they bundled out for 111 in 18.4 overs. Ben White was the pick of bowlers for Ireland who has picked up four wickets for 20 runs. Josh Little also showcased his bowling prowess claiming a three-wicket haul.

Ireland, led by Paul Stirling will look to win the second T20I to clinch the series after losing the ODI series 2-0. Afghanistan, on the other hand, will also aim for a win in the forthcoming game to secure the T20I series.

AFG vs IRE Match Details

Particulars Details
Match Afghanistan vs Ireland, 2nd T20I
Venue Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 
Date & Time Sunday, March 17, 9:30 PM IST
Live Broadcast and Streaming Details FanCode (app and website)

Pitch Report

The Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates is typically known for its batting-friendly conditions. Batters and Spin bowlers will get assistance from the surface. The average first innings score in T20Is at this venue is 151. The team batting first has won more games on this ground than those who batted second. Therefore, the toss-winning captain is likely to opt to bat first to put up a reasonable target on board.

AFG vs IRE Head-to-Head Record

Matches Played 24
Afghanistan won 16
Ireland won 8

AFG vs IRE Probable Playing XI


Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sediqullah Atal, Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Ishaq (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Ijaz Ahmad Ahmadzai, Nangeyalia Kharote, Rashid Khan (c), Naveen-ul-Haq,Fazalhaq Farooqi 


Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Ben White 

Probable Best Players

Probable Best Batter of the Match

Ireland’s Harry Tector could be the key batter for the visitors in the forthcoming second T20I against Afghanistan. He was instrumental in the opening game, scoring an unbeaten 56 off just 34 deliveries, including seven boundaries and two maximums. 

Probable Best Bowler of the Match: Rashid Khan

Afghanistan’s T20I captain Rashid Khan was crucial for his side in the first game despite his side suffering a defeat by a margin of 38 runs. The premier spinner finished with outstanding figures of 3/19 in the opening game. The 25-year-old is expected to showcase his bowling prowess and help his side overcome Paul Stirling and Co.

Today’s Match Prediction: Team batting first to win the match

Scenario – 1

Afghanistan win the toss and bat

Powerplay Score – 35-45

First Innings Score – 160-180

Afghanistan win the match

Scenario – 2

Ireland win the toss and bat

Powerplay Score – 40-50

First Innings Score – 170-190

Ireland win the match

Disclaimer: The prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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