Afghanistan vs. Ireland: First ODI Preview
Afghanistan vs. Ireland: First ODI Preview

Afghanistan will continue its 2019 World Cup preparations when they visit Ireland for the two-match ODI series against the hosts before their 2019 World Cup warm-up game against Pakistan. Moreover, Afghanistan will be looking to fine-tune their combinations after the arrival of their star players Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan from the Indian Premier League.

As for Ireland, they are coming into this match on the back of four consecutive ODI defeats from the recently concluded home tri-series. Moreover, the team management kept faith on their players and named unchanged squad for the two ODI matches against Afghanistan. However, the skipper William Porterfield will be hoping that his players can put on a better show against the Afghan bowling attack.

On the other hand, Afghanistan will be hoping to continue their winning momentum against the hosts and even after the arrival of Mohammad Nabi, who is one of the most consistent performers with both bat and ball will be hoping to deliver another solid performance and next come to Rashid Khan, third-best ODI bowler in the world and he is likely to cause plenty of troubles for the Irish batsmen.

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The right-hand explosive batsman's record against Ireland in Ireland has not been good wherein seven innings he managed to score 188 runs at an average of 26.85 with two half-centuries to his name. However, looking at the Gary Wilson's recent form in recently concluded tri-series it's best to pick Shahzad from

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