Afghanistan defeated Ireland in the first T20 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series which means the latter will now have to ensure a win in the next game to keep the series alive. The second T20 international will be played on March 10 at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground, Greater Noida. Live action is scheduled to begin at 2 PM local time.
The opening game has revealed that the pitch at Greater Noida is a good one to bat on as both the teams scored in excess of 160. So the team that wins the toss here on Friday will want to bat first and have something around 170-180 on the scoreboard. Ireland won their fourth consecutive toss against Afghanistan the other day and we predict the coin to land in their favor once again.
Afghanistan vs Ireland 2nd T20 Prediction Who Will Win Mar 10, 2017
Afghanistan to win
Mohammad Shahzad and Samiullah Shenwari who scored 47 and 56 runs respectively were the main highlights of Afghanistan innings in the first game. Shahzad is the team’s highest run-getter in T20s and he now has two good knocks in his last two games. Spinners Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan have been doing a good job with the ball for Afghanistan and they are the first players from their team to be picked for the IPL. Nabi was quite expensive on Wednesday but he is expected to bounce back with a strong performance on Friday.
Afghanistan registered a thumping 6-wicket win against Ireland in the first T20 match of the series and would like to continue with their good performance when the two teams meet again for the 2nd T20 at Greater Noida on 10th March. Chasing a target of 166 runs, Afghanistan easily built partnerships and took a focused approach in keeping the scoreboard ticking; they accomplished the task with 2 overs to spare, and look determined to repeat the winning show. Ireland, on the other hand, after winning the ODI series against UAE, will need to make a comeback here to stay alive. The contest could be well fought by both sides; whichever team can keep a cool head above its shoulders, will emerge victorious on Friday.
Stuart Thompson and Porterfield started the innings with an 82-run partnership while Gary Wilson posted 41 off 27 to take the total to a respectable 165 while batting first. However, the bowlers proved to be too expensive and failed to defend the total, losing the match by 6 wickets.