Ireland seek upward push in ODI series

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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

 

Squads:

Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai(c), Nasir Jamal, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Rahmat Shah, Javed Ahmadi
Ireland: William Porterfield(c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Jacob Mulder, Tim Murtagh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

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.

George Dockrell, Andy McBrine and Jacob Mulder form a handy trio of spinners. On the seam-bowling front, Ireland would be sweating over the fitness of Boyd Rankin.The tall Warwickshire seamer was withdrawn from the T20I series due to a back injury. However, the tourists still believe he could play a part in the ODI series.

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.

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