After comfortably winning the T20I series against Ireland, Afghanistan now are looking to seal the ODI series which is set to be played from Monday, August 27. The Asian squad has a bigger task ahead in September in the form of Asia Cup in UAE. So, a victory from here would raise their confidence before meeting giants in the tournament. Here is the prediction for the 1st ODI between Ireland and Afghanistan:
Top order in sublime form – Hazratullah Zazai has been exceptional so far in the series. He scored two consecutive half-centuries that went in a winning cause. This incredible performance can take the series away from Ireland if they didn’t do anything at the earliest. Mohammad Shahzad showed some powere hitting in the first T20 but fell early in the next one. His experience would be crucial for Afghanistan.
Great bowling as always – Afghanistan has been a quality bowling side from the beginning. The likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman can destroy any batting line-up in the world right now. Fans can expect the same in the ODI series as well.
Middle-order woes – Middle-order has been silent so far which could take the game away from them. The team cannot just depend on their top 3 for scoring runs. As this would be a 50-over affair, the side cannot afford to lose early wickets, also the middle-order would have to be ready to score some important runs in between.
Experienced batting line-up – Ireland have a good line-up that didn’t fire in the series so far. Now, as the series is fresh, skipper Gary Wilson would want to forget the past failure. With the good batting line-up, Wilson & Co. have to fire to get back in the series. Winning the first game of the 3-match series is always important and that’s what they would be looking for.
Unable to play the spinners – The line-up has failed to make their mark against spinners so far. The Irish batsmen have to learn quickly to tackle the turning part of the series. The first One-dayer would be crucial for them to gain momentum.
Cricwizz Prediction – Afghanistan have been in a top form these days. They just have to continue this form by focusing a bit more on their batting.
Who will win the first ODI?
- Afghanistan (90%, 175 Votes)
- Ireland (10%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 195