COC Cricbattle Daily Fantasy Cricket League Tips: Ireland vs Afghanistan on August 20
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Afghanistan will kick-start their tour of Ireland with a three-match T20 international series. Both teams have played 10 T20I matches against each other in the past with seven of those being won by the Afghans. Afghanistan will go into this match as the more confident side due to their impressive show in this format. The Afghans have won 12 of their last 15 matches. While In their most recent T20I series, Afghanistan routed Bangladesh 3-0. On the flip side, Irish men have been in a poor run of form in the game's shortest format, winning just three of their last thirteen matches. They are currently lying at the bottom of T20I rankings at the 17th spot behind Hong Kong and Oman. While they also don't have a good record to show at this venue; losing all three T20I's here and will begin the series as clear underdogs. In their previous assignment, Ireland were thrashed 0-2 against India.
Best economical pick – Ireland Pace bowler Peter Chase was impressive against India with five wickets in two matches and him together with Boyd Rankin will be the hosts' best bets for picking up the early breakthroughs.
Top captains & vice captains – Mohammad Shahzad has established himself as one of the finest stroke-players of the limited overs format in modern cricket. Mohammad Shahzad is the leading run-getter for Afghanistan in T20Is with 1906 runs which includes a century and 12 fifties.Kevin O'Brien has scored the most runs for Ireland at this ground in this format and he is the danger man in the middle order. The all-rounder who is Ireland's highest wicket-taker in the T20I format with 58 wickets will also be a big threat with the ball.
Smart pick – Rashid Khan is perhaps the best cricketing talent of his age. He made his international debut at the age of just 17 and has amazed the cricketing fraternity since then. Afghanistan's continuous upward swing in recent years has much to do with his personal success. Not to forget, he is the fastest to take 100 wickets in One-day Internationals. In the shortest form of the game, he becomes even more dangerous as is obvious from his IPL stats. In the last T20I series against Bangladesh, he single-handedly won matches for his team. He was awarded the 'Player of the series' then.
Cautious Pick – Andy Balbirnie was a total failure in the last series against India. He batted at the crucial No 3 position for Ireland in those 2 games. However, he scored at a slow rate and failed to make an impact. He scored just 20 runs in 2 matches.
My XI – Mohammad Shahzad (Captain), Kevin O'Brien (Vice-Captain), Rashid Khan, Peter Chase, Mujeeb Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, William Porterfield, Shafiqullah, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Gary Wilson