Afghanistan seeks to tie series against Ireland

Afghanistan seeks to tie series against Ireland

After winning the 3rd T20I series against Ireland, Afghanistan still stand a chance to remain alive in this five-match T20I series. Afghanistan won against Ireland by 22 runs which gave them a chance to turn the series around. Ireland is now leading by one match, and Afghanistan is now looking to tie the series through their 4th T20I match.

The batters of Ireland did not do well during their 3rd T20I match, wherein only four of them scored double digits. Their bowlers also failed to replicate their performance during the 1st and 2nd T20I match, making Afghanistan’s comeback possible. The squad of Afghanistan has made a better foundation, allowing them to win by 22 runs. Both teams will look to win this match as this 4th match will be decisive of the series.

Afghanistan

Cricket: Afghanistan
Photo courtesy of ICC

The whole performance of the Afghan team during the 3rd T20I match is far better than their performance during the first two T20I matches. Everything looks better for Afghanistan, especially in the area of bowling. Even the batters played very well this time around as they posted a total of 189/5 in their 20 overs. Their comeback on their last match posted new hope for their fans. If this squad will continuously excel in batting and bowling, they can definitely tie the series.

It was Rahmanullah Gurbaz who top scored for the Afghans with 53 runs. The team also received help from Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, and Hazratullah Zazai. All in all, everyone did their part to give keep their squad alive in this series.

Ireland

Photo courtesy of Ireland’s National Public Service Media

The main reason why Ireland lost in this game is because their batters and bowlers are not in their best condition. They had a bad game, giving a chance to the opponent to take home the victory on their last outing. However, if Ireland’s bowlers and batters were able to get back on track, they can win the game. But it will now be tougher for this team as their opponent have slowly got their rhythm.

George Dockrell leads the scoring for his team with 58 runs in 37 deliveries. He also gained help from Lorcan Tucker, and Fionn Hand, who contributed 31 and 36 runs apiece. This squad needs to make some adjustments if they want to win this match and this series.

These two squads will have their 4th T20I match on August 15, 2022, 10:00 PM (GMT+8).

Prediction:

Ireland (2.60)
Odds: 0.97

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