The clash between Afghanistan and Ireland will be interesting as the Irish men have won over England, whereas the potent Afghan hasn’t won a game yet in this tournament. Afghanistan will try to prove their mettle in this game as Ireland will try to expand their small ray of hope towards the Semifinals.
Ground: MCG, Melbourne
Date: 28th Oct 2022
Time: 9.30 AM IST / 04:00 AM GMT / 03:00 PM LOCAL
A true batting wicket will support the seamers with seam movement, especially when the ball is new.
Probable Playing XIs
Andy Balbirnie(c), Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(wk), Simi Singh, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Mark Adair
Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(wk),Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan
Top Fantasy Picks
Captain – C Campher
Curtis Campher is expected to step up when the need is high. Having played well throughout this tournament, this game is a different challenge with Afghanistan’s mystery bowling lineup.
Vice-captain – M Nabi
M Nabi is now the man with the golden arm for Afghanistan. Again his spin bowling will attract the opposition batters to go hard, and in turn, he will fetch the breakthroughs.
Wicket Keeper – L Tucker, R Gurbaz
L Tucker’s form cannot be put down to a purple patch.
R Gurbaz can make bigger runs, and he has done so in franchise cricket. And surely, he will hope to reap the rewards.
Batters – P Stirling, I Zadran, H Zazai
P Stirling’s destructive batting can’t be overlooked.
Zadran had a good start against England and has proven potential.
H Zazai, another opener of Afghanistan, loves playing against Ireland. His back-to-back fifty against Ireland has even sealed a series win for Afghanistan.
All-rounders – M Nabi, C Campher, G Delany
Delany is the one who will get the opportunity in both batting and bowling. He will be worthy when he does his job.
Bowlers – J Little, R Khan, F Farooqi
Farooqi is the man to watch out for, given the conditions in Australia at present.
R Khan is a huge factor in games like this. He will be the difference in this match.
J Little was brilliant against England, and in fact, he changed the game, to be frank.
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