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IRE vs AFG, 4th T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Ireland vs Afghanistan, (IRE vs AFG, 4th T20I)

Date: August 15, 2022 – 8 PM IST

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast

Where and what time to watch the match live in Afghanistan

For those in India, you can catch all the live action of the series between Ireland and Afghanistan on the online streaming platform FanCode.

Ireland vs Afghanistan, 4th T20I:

Afghanistan managed to stay alive in the five-match series against Ireland with a 22-run victory in the third T20I on Friday. They will look to level the series when they meet the hosts in the fourth match at Belfast on Monday, August 15th.

Batting first, Afghanistan posted a strong total of 189/6 on the back key contributions from Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah Zadran. Gurbaz top scored with 53 off 35, with Hazratullah Zazai struggling to score quickly in their 90-run opening stand. Then Ibrahim scored 36 off 22 and Najibullah blasted 42 in just 18 balls.

Defending the target, the visitors had reduced Ireland to 85/7 before George Dockrell (58* off 37) and debutant Fionn Hand (36 off 18) dragged the game to the end. Naveen-ul-Haq snared 3 for 38 while Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed two wickets each as Afghanistan held on to a victory.

Earlier in the series, Ireland chased down 169 in the first game by seven wickets and with one ball remaining. In the second game, Ireland restricted Afghanistan to 122/8 and chased it down with five wickets and an over to spare.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for IRE vs AFG, 4th T20I

The Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast has hosted a total of 29 T20Is, with the average first innings score reading 123. However, the pitches have played better this year, with the team batting first posting 167 on average from six matches. The last game saw both teams score over 350 runs across two innings.

Belfast could witness a couple of thunderstorms on Monday. There’s a 55% chance of precipitation in the afternoon, with the temperature around 19°C.

Ireland – Expected XI and Team News

Ireland handed debut caps to bowling all-rounder Fionn Hand and fast bowler Graham Hume in the third match. The duo replaced Andy McBrine and Barry McCarthy. With the series to be won, they’re unlikely to make changes for this fixture.

Probable XI – Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Fionn Hand, Mark Adair, Graham Hume, Joshua Little

Afghanistan – Expected XI and Team News

Afghanistan made just one change to their playing XI for the third T20I, bringing in Hazratullah Zazai for Hashmatullah Shahidi. Usman Ghani couldn’t get to bat due to a strong platform the openers had laid, with Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah Zadran promoted up.

Probable XI – Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Head to head record of IRE vs AFG

Total Encounters – 21

Afghanistan Won – 15

Ireland Won – 6

Ireland lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

4th T20I: Five players to watch out for in the IRE vs AFG match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Rahmanullah Gurbaz: Batter, Afghanistan

Rahmanullah Gurbaz is coming off a player-of-the-match performance in the third T20I, where he scored 53 in 35 balls to set the tone. One of the exciting players from Afghanistan, Gurbaz has 648 runs in T20Is at an average of 26 while striking at 133. The 20yr old has hit one hundred and 13 fifties in overall T20s.

Lorcan Tucker: Wicketkeeper Batter, Ireland

Lorcan Tucker has shown great form since moving up to no. 3. He has scored 263 runs in seven T20 innings at no. 3, at averaging 38 while striking at 166. He has scored three fifties in this phase, including 50 off 32 in the first game of the ongoing series. Earlier, he had hammered 78 off 38 against South Africa.

Andy Balbirnie: Batter, Ireland

Andy Balbirnie scored 51 off 38 balls in the first T20I and followed it up with 46 off 36 in the second. He has a decent record in T20I cricket, having scored 1633 runs in 77 matches at an average of 24 and strike rate of 126. Balbirnie has seven fifties to his name in the format.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman: Bowler, Afghanistan

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is one of the prolific wicket-takers in the shorter format. He has 194 wickets in T20 cricket at an excellent economy of 6.64, including two five-fors and three four-fors. Mujeeb has been economical in the series and is coming off a 2/28 spell in the third game.

Najibullah Zadran: Batter, Afghanistan

Najibullah Zadran blasted 42 runs in just 18 balls in the third T20I. The left hander is arguably the best batter in the Afghanistan line-up and has done pretty well, with 1427 runs in 76 matches. He averages 34 and strikes at an excellent 141. Zadran has hit seven half centuries in international T20s.

MPL Fantasy XI

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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