Ireland vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI: Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips
Afghanistan 182/9 – 183/7 Ireland
(50) – (43.5)
Ireland won by 3 wickets (37 balls left)
ODI 2 of 3 (Tied 1-1)
- Date: August 29, 2018
- Time: 09:45 AM UTC
- Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Ireland vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI Betting Odds
- Afghanistan enjoy a 3-2 win record against Ireland at this ground where they also won their last game
- Afghanistan has won 6 out of the last 10 games played between the two sides and constantly improving as a side.
- Ireland’s batting has looked scratchy throughout the summer and they are failing to put up decent totals and even chase them
- Afghanistan’s spinners are getting good bite out of the wicket despite these being alien conditions to them.
- Afghanistan’s batting looks in great form with their top and middle order delivering game after game.
Our Prediction Ireland vs Afghanistan 2nd ODI
Afghanistan will win this game
Afghanistan is a side on the roll and every time they step on the field they increase their list of admirers. In the just concluded T20 series against Ireland they won convincingly 2-0. The script was no different in the first game of the ODI series which they won by a good margin of 29 runs although they didn’t post the kind of total they would have liked for themselves. For Ireland it hasn’t been the best of summers. They drew the previous ODI series against Nepal which everybody expected them to win and their performance against an emerging Afghan side has surely disappointed their fans so far. The upcoming game at Belfast is surely a do-or-die situation for them to stay relevant in the 3 Match Series.
They are living a romantic tale for the last couple of years. Everywhere the side goes it keeps improving itself. Put a glass top in front of the side and Asghar Afghan’s spinners would still make it turn square. Such has been the strength of its spin blowing attack that the country has suddenly turned nursery of leg spin in the world. In the two T20 games and the ODI the team has looked strong as a unit. Along with the strong bowling line-up they also have lots of strength in the batting order which was on full display in the first ODI with everyone in the middle order getting good hits out in the middle on a pitch that offer assistance to the bowlers.
Afghanistan’s batting has looked good during this tour Hazratullah Zazai has been in great form in the T20s. Gulbadin Naib, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Mohammad Shahzad offer great strength to the batting line-up and haven’t looked uncomfortable against the tall Irish bowlers who have got decent bounce off the wicket. It is however their bowling that is troubling batsmen around the world. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have expectedly delivered in the first ODI and it would be an uphill task for the Irish batsmen to score against them and keep their wickets intact. This gives the skipper lot of confidence going into the game.
The year where they earned their Test status hasn’t been great for the Irish side in coloured clothing as they are struggling to find form even in home conditions. Against India they were battered down and Nepal pulled off a stunner in the second ODI. The story has been the same against Afghanistan so far. Their batting is letting them down in most cases and the team. They have tried different combinations and altered the batting line-up but things are not falling into place. In the first ODI they made a mountain out of a small total as they kept loosing wickets at regular intervals and failed to put up partnerships which finally led to their downfall.
Batting is letting the side down regularly. In the first ODI Andrew Balbirnie was the only person who looked comfortable out there. William Porterfield has looked good on and off but he has to play a skipper’s role at the top of the order. Kevin O Brien and Paul Stirling have to get their acts together if the side are to put up a good show against Afghanistan. Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin impressed in the first game and if there is good support from Andy McBrine and Simi Singh the side would count on its chances in the game.
Afghanistan has outplayed the Irish side in all the games they have played so far and going by the form the visitors are in they are likely to pull off another win.