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Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

  • date Aug 09, 2022
  • Start Time 20:00 IST / 14:30 GMT
  • Stadium Name Civil Service Cricket Club - Belfast, Ireland
Ireland IRE
Afghanistan AFG
171/3 (19.5)
168/7 (20)
Ireland won by 7 wkts

IRE vs AFG Betting Tips

  • Since December last year, Lorcan Tucker has hit three half-centuries in this format and he scored 78 runs at a strike-rate of 205.26 against South Africa earlier this month. He is well worth backing as Ireland’s highest run scorer on Tuesday. With the ball, Josh Little can be expensive but very rarely goes wicketless. He is a strong choice for Ireland’s top wicket taker in this game.
  • Hazratullah Zazai has a healthy average of 35.30 in IT20s and scored his only century in this format on his last trip to Ireland. The opener is our tip for Afghanistan’s highest run scorer in this match. Rashid Khan has 109 wickets at an average of 13.00 in IT20s and the leg-spinner is our pick for Afghanistan’s top wicket taker against Ireland.
  • The Irish batters have struggled to get on top of talented bowling attacks throughout this summer and we expect Rashid Khan to also be too skillful for them. He is our prediction for the Player of the Match Award.

IRE vs AFG Win Probability

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Our Prediction

Afghanistan are favorites to win

Top Bets for IRE vs AFG Match

Highest Opening Partnership -

Highest Opening Partnership - Ireland


1st Over Total Runs -

1st Over Total Runs - Over 6.5


Total Runs in Match -

Total Runs in Match - Even


Innings extras - Afghanistan -

Innings extras - Afghanistan - Over 8.5


Hazratullah Zazai to Score 50 -

Hazratullah Zazai to Score 50 - YES



IRE vs AFG 1st T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Ireland host Afghanistan in Match 1 of a five-game IT20 series on Tuesday afternoon in Stormont, Belfast. The hosts have lost IT20 series this summer to India, New Zealand and South Africa without winning one match. Afghanistan last played this format in June when they beat Zimbabwe 3-0 away. Read on as we preview this opening game of the series. The match gets underway at 15:30 local time.

Ireland have been judged to have been playing good cricket over recent weeks but have lacked that final bit of quality or the rub of the green to get over the line. They should not assume that Afghanistan will be an easier opponent.

Afghanistan caught the eye of many neutrals with their displays against the big teams during last year’s T20 World Cup. They have been in strong form since then and should be confident ahead of this series opener.

Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match Live Streaming

TV channels: The live TV coverage is yet to be announced.

Live StreamingFans can stream the match on Fancode in India.

IRE vs AFG Match Toss Prediction

Ireland chose to field first in two of the three IT20s against New Zealand at this venue last month. With Ireland preferring to chase and Afghanistan’s main strength in bowling, we expect to see both teams wanting to field first.

IRE vs AFG Pitch Report

There will be some turn on offer from the wicket but we expect pace bowlers to get a bit more assistance. We predict a par score to be no higher than 170..

Weather Report

22 degrees from start to finish of this game. Partly cloudy but no chance of rain interruptions.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match 2022

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Ireland Team News & Playing 11

IRE Team News

Although Ireland are going through a wretched run of results in this format, the team management have made it clear that the group of players who they selected for recent series are their best available and have selected them again. All who played in the second T20I against South Africa in Bristol are fit and available.

IRE Key Players

  • Paul Stirling - With scores of 21, 40, 18 and 28 over his last four IT20s, the stocky opener is not far away from making a significant score. He always plays attacking cricket and delivers a high strike-rate.
  • Lorcan Tucker - The 25 year old keeper-batter almost won the first IT20 against South Africa with a remarkable display of hitting. When he was dismissed with three overs remaining, he took Ireland’s hopes of a win with him.
  • Josh Little - The left-arm pace bowler has taken at least one IT20 wicket in each of his last ten appearances and is six dismissals away from bringing up 50 in this format.

IRE Team Form

Ireland have lost eight consecutive IT20s since beating Oman in February. They have been playing against some of the best sides in this format over recent months.

Ireland Predicted Playing 11

Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, George Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little

IRE vs AFG Prediction
Ireland vs Afghanistan Match Prediction

Afghanistan Team News & Playing 11

AFG Team News

The visitors included spinner Rashid Khan in their squad which means that he will miss games for Trent Rockets in The Hundred to come and play in this series. As one of the world’s top spinners, that gives Afghanistan a massive boost. Afghanistan have plenty of experience in the batting department and have no injury worries.

AFG Key Players

  • Hazratullah Zazai - the left-hander has impressed with excellent performances for his country and in short-format franchises. He holds the record for the second highest IT20 score - 162 not-out against Ireland in 2019.
  • Rashid Khan - The right-arm leg-spinner took 0-39 for Trent Rockets against Birmingham Phoenix on Saturday but took regular wickets during the T20 Blast earlier this summer in the UK.
  • Naveen ul-Haq - The pace bowler loves this format and has been the star performer with the ball over the last two seasons of the T20 Blast. He finished as the leading wicket taker in 2021 and in second place in 2022.

AFG Team Form

Afghanistan have won each of their last four IT20 matches. Their last defeat in this format came against Bangladesh in March.

Afghanistan Predicted Playing 11

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Afsar Zazai (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Moarzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad

IRE vs AFG Team Form in Last Five Matches



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Ireland vs Afghanistan Head to Head

The last time these sides met in this format, they produced a tied game in Greater Noida with both sides posting 142. Ireland won the subsequent Superover but have not beaten Afghanistan across a 20-over game since 2013.

IRE vs AFG Head to Head Stats in T20

  Matches Played IRE Won AFG Won Tie NR
Overall 18 3 14 1 0
Last 5 5 0 4 1 0

Ireland vs Afghanistan Betting Odds

Afghanistan are favourites to take a 1-0 lead in the series by winning this match. The bookies have taken the view that the visitors have the edge over the hosts with bat and ball.

Who will win Ireland vs Afghanistan 1st T20 Match?

In the build-up to the 2022 T20 World Cup, Ireland will benefit from the continuity of selection that we have seen and their players will be game-ready for the tournament. Afghanistan have a very strong XI in this format and have excellent variety in their bowling attack.

Ireland vs Afghanistan Betting Rate

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IRE vs AFG Top Team Batsmen

We are backing Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker and Andy Balbirnie with the bat for Ireland. Skipper Balbirnie has hit seven international centuries in his career and has a strike-rate of 125.61.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai and Afsar Zazai are our batting picks for Afghanistan. Gurbaz is only 20 years old but has already scored three ODI centuries and three IT20 fifties.

Odds for Top Team Batsmen

Top Team Batsman10cricbetway1xbetbet365
Paul Stirling (IRE)3.363.003.503.50
Lorcan Tucker (IRE)4.684.504.744.75
Andy Balbirnie (IRE)4.093.754.744.75
Ramanullah Gurbaz (AFG)4.383.753.603.60
Hazratullah Zazai (AFG)4.303.603.743.75
Afsar Zazai (AFG)5.524.754.504.50
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IRE vs AFG Top Team Bowlers

Josh Little, Andy McBrine and Mark Adair are our recommendations to be the top bowlers for Ireland. Adair dismissed the dangerous big-hitting Dwaine Pretorius in the last IT20 against South Africa.

We expect Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad and Naveen ul-Haq to star with the ball for Afghanistan. Ahmad took 4-10 in his last IT20 appearance.

Odds for Top Team Bowlers

Top Team Bowlers10cricbetway1xbetbet365
Josh Little (IRE)2.754.004.504.50
Andy McBrine (IRE)2.984.504.744.75
Mark Adair (IRE)2.784.005.005.00
Rashid Khan (AFG)3.623.203.003.00
Noor Ahmad (AFG)5.364.753.005.00
Naveen ul-Haq (AFG)4.383.753.005.00
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🏆 Ireland vs Afghanistan Prediction

There will be a tendency for some cricket supporters to assume that Ireland will finally get an IT20 win in this game after successive defeats to South Africa, New Zealand and India. However, that would be a foolish assumption as Afghanistan have a strong squad with a group of players who have experience in these conditions. We are predicting a tight match but with a win for Afghanistan. 

Posted On 9th August 2022 09:32:00 AM
Posted by Kavin

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