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When: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 1st ODI, March 15, 9.30 AM local time
Where: Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida
Team News: Boyd Rankin, the experienced Ireland seamer, was ruled out of the T20I series with a back injury. However, he could return for the five-match ODI rubber.
On the other hand, with Shenwari and Stanikzai in the midst of a poor patch, they might give the hardworking left-handed batsman, Hashmatullah Shahidi, a longer run in the side.
Ireland, on the other hand, will need to raise their stakes after losing the T20I series. The European country registered a convincing 2-0 series victory over UAE,
but Afghanistan are a couple of notches better than their counterparts from the Middle East. William Porterfield and Kevin O’Brien were among the runs against the UAE.
The visitors would also be buoyed by Ed Joyce’s return to the setup.
The elegant left-hander has been a consistent performer for Ireland over the years.
One area where Ireland have the upper hand over Afghanistan is fielding. Right through the course of the three T20Is,
Afghanistan’s ground fielding was ordinary and they also fluffed a few chances.