Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI Match Prediction

  • Jan 21, 2021
  • 11:00:00, GMT +5:30
  • Sheikh Zayed Stadium - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2021-01-21 11:00:00
Afghanistan AFG Afghanistan
Ireland IRE Ireland

Betting Tips

  • Afghanistan hasn't played much cricket of late thus their batsmen might be a little rusty.
  • The trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman will create a lot of trouble for the Irish batsmen.
  • Afghanistan is a better balanced side with good batsmen, top class all rounders and quality bowlers.

Our Pick Afghanistan are favorites to win

Posted On 20th January 2021 02:47:31
Posted by Kavin

AFG vs IRE 1st ODI Prediction & Betting Tips

Afghanistan take on Ireland in the three match ODI series in the UAE. The first match of the series will be played on the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi and is scheduled to get underway at 9:30 AM local time.

Afghanistan and Ireland have played a lot of cricket against each other in the last couple of years. There most recent assignment was the T-20 series that was played in India in March 2020, which Afghanistan won 2-1.

Afghanistan are playing a full strength squad so they’re not short on the quality. They’ve a decent bating line up in Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Usman Ghani, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Rahman ullah Gurbaz and Mohammed Nabi.

Thr trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammed Nabi will create a lot of trouble for the Irish batsmen. Syed Shiraz and Naveen ul Haq have also showed a lot of promise in the limited amount of cricket they’ve played.

For Ireland, they’ll be disappointed that 2 of the 4 match ODI series against UAE was canceled due to Covid -19. It was a series they were looking as a preparation for this big Afghanistan Test. 

They played two matches in the series and delivered satisfactory performance. Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, all batted really well. Kevin O Brien was the only batsmen that didn’t perform in the two matches aren’t enough to judge his form. 

However, Afghanistan have a far better bowling unit against UAE and we think this Irish batting is going to struggle on this low and slow wickets. 

Ireland have plenty of options in the bowling department in Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany and Andy McBrine.

Overall, both teams are on par with each other but the conditions are going to favour Afghanistan. They’re our picks for the match.

AFG vs IRE Live streaming:

The match will be broadcasted on Premier Sports in UK and Republic of Ireland, Etisalat in UAE, Eurisports in India, Willow TV in USA and Canada. 

Live Streaming – You can also watch the live streaming on youtube

AFG vs IRE Toss Prediction

Toss will be very crucial, more so for Ireland as chasing on these slow wickets against three quality spinners won’t be easy.

Weather Report

The looks good with bright sunshine. The temperature will hover around 23 degrees

Pitch Report

The wicket will be flat, good for batting. However, it’ll get slower in the second half of the match.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI

Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11

AFG Team News

Afghanistan will be playing a full strength squad in the ODI series against Afghanistan. Players like Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan, who’re part of the BBL have returned to UAE and are available for selection. Hazratullah Zazai and Mohammed Shahzad are the players to miss out.

AFG Key Players

  • Asghar Afghan - The Afghanistan skipper Ashghar Afgnan will look to start the series on a positive note. He’s a good batsman and has a pretty decent record against Ireland
  • Mohammed Nabi - Mohammed Nabi will be a key player in this set up. He is more than handy with the bat and will be crucial with his off spinners on these slow wickets.
  • Rashid Khan - He’s one of the best spinners going around in world cricket will create a lot of trouble for the Irish batsmen

AFG Team Form

Afghanistan hasn’t played ODI cricket for a while now. They last played in a T-20 series against Ireland in March 2020 which they won 2-1

Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11

Asghar Afghan©, Najibullah Zadran, Usman Ghani, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk), Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Sayed Shiraz

Ireland Team News & Playing 11

IRE Team News

Ireland have recalled 29 year old pacer Shane Getkate to join the squad for the ODI series. Getkate will replace David Denaly who suffered a knee injury.

IRE Key Players

  • Paul Stirling - Paul Stirling is one of the most consistent players for Ireland. He scored a brilliant 100 in the first ODI against UAE. He’ll be the biggest wicket for Afghanistan
  • Kevin O Brien - He’s a destructive batsmen that can play big innings. He didn’t performed particularly well against UAE but we think he’ll need to play a big role against Afghanistan
  • Simi Singh - Simi Singh picked up 5 wickets against UAE in his last match on this same venue. Ireland would want him to replicate his performance.

IRE Team Form

Ireland played a 4 match ODI series just before this series which they drew 1-1. 2 of the 4 matches were called off due to Covid -19

Ireland Predicted Playing 11

Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young 

Afghanistan vs Ireland Team Form in Last Five Matches



AFG vs IRE Head to Head

Both teams have fared decently against each other in ODI cricket.

AFG vs IRE Head to Head Stats in ODI's

Matches Played AFG Won IRE Won Tie No Result
29 13 13 0 3

Afghanistan vs Ireland Betting Odds

Afghanistan Bet365 Odds

  • AFG to win: Afghanistan are 1.44 to win at Bet365
  • AFG top team batsman: Rahman Gurbaz at 4.5, Rahmat Shah at 4.5, Afghar Afghan at 5.0 and Usman Ghani at 5.0 are the best batsmen
  • AFG top team bowler: Rashid Khan at 2.05 is the best bowler along with Mujeeb ur Rahman at 4.0, Mohammed Nabi at 5.0 and Naveen ul Haq at 5.0

Ireland Bet365 Odds

  • IRE to win: Ireland are 2.75 to win with Bet365
  • IRE top team batsman: Paul Stirling at 3.6 is their best batsmen followed by Andy Balbirnie at 4.33, Kevin O’Brien at 4.50, Harry Tector at 6.50
  • IRE top team bowler: Mark Adair at 4.33 is their best bowler. You can also place your bet on Andy McBrine, Josh Little and Curtis Campher at 4.5 each

Afghanistan Betway Odds

  • AFG to win: Afghanistan are 1.40 to win with Betway
  • AFG top team batsman: Rahmat Shah at 3.75 is the best batsmen along with Rahmanullah Gurbaz at 4.0, Javed Ahmadi at 4.33 and Hashmatullah Shahidi at 5.0
  • AFG top team bowler: Rashid Khan at 2.87, Mujeeb ur Rahman at 3.75, Naveen ul Haq at 4.25 and Sayed Shiraz at 4.5 are Afghanistan’s best bowlers.

Ireland Betway Odds

  • IRE to win: Ireland are 2.75 to win with Betway
  • IRE top team batsman: Paul Stirling at 3.60 is their top batsmen along with Andy Balbirnie, James McCollum and Kevin O Brien at 3.75, 4.33 and 4.75
  • IRE top team bowler: Craig Young at 4.0 along with Barry McCarthy and Simi Singh are their best bowler at 4.25 and 4.50.

Afghanistan vs Ireland Prediction

On paper, both teams are on par but conditions will play a big role in this series. On a low, slow wicket, the trip of Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman will create a lot of problems for Ireland. We’ll back Afghanistan to win this match.

Final Verdict

Afghanistan to beat Ireland at 1.44 on Bet365 and 1.40 Betway

AFG vs IRE Dream11 Prediction

  • Wicket Keepers

    Rahman Ullah Gurbaz at 8.5 and Lorcan Tucker at 8.0 are good picks from this section. Tucker played a good knock of 42 against UAE in the last match while Gurbaz is a top quality batsmen as well.


    Paul Stirling at 10.0, Rahmat Shah at 9.0 and Najibullah Zadran at 9.0 will be our batsmen. Stirling smashed a brilliant 100 in the first ODI against UAE and is Ireland’s mopst experienced player. Rahmat Shah and Najibullah Zadran top quality Afghan batsmen.

  • All rounder

    Mohammed Nabi at 9.5, Curtis Campher at 9.0 and Simi Singh at 8.0 will add depth in our team. Nabi is a world class around and is coming back from a decent BBL. Curtis Campher smashed a 50 in his last game against UAE. SImi SIngh delivered a man of the match performance in the previous match with a half century and a 5-fer.

  • Bowlers

    Rashid Khan at 9.5, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Barry McCarthy at 9.0 will complete our team. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb will get a lot of purchase from this surface while McCarthy is the lead bowler for Ireland

    Captain/Vice Captain

    Mohammed Nabi can be backed as the skipper while Paul Stirling will be our preferred vice captain

AFG vs IRE Dream11 Team Prediction

  • Batsmen:Najibullah Zadran, Paul Stirling(vc), Rahmat Shah

  • All Rounder:Curtis Campher, Mohammed Nabi(c), SImi Singh

  • Wicket Keeper:Lorcan Tucker, Rahman Gurbaz

  • Bowler:Rashid Khan, Barry McCarthy, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Who will win Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st ODI?

1591 VOTES

Bet on Afghanistan vs Ireland Match


Welcome Bonus


Welcome Bonus


Risk Free Bet

The $25 free play is good on your FIRST ever bet placed in SportsBetting's new Player Props software. There is a 6x (six time) rollover requirement associated with your $25.00 free play. Full T&C Apply

begambleaware | 18+ T&C* aaply

Share This:

Leave Your Comment

We do our best to give you most accurate & useful match predictions and would love to hear from you. Let us know if we need to improve. Share your own predictions for the matches. Let's talk: