Ire v Afg highlights today – First one day international from Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast (Ireland) Monday 22nd August 2018. Ireland lost the T20I series 2-0 to Afghanistan while chasing targets but that didn’t stop William Porterfield from choosing to bowl again as the action shifted to the 50-over format in Belfast. His decision might perhaps have been influenced by the blustery weather in the city, where thick cloud cover hung over the Civil Service Cricket Club. Conditions are also expected to ease out for batting as the day goes on.
The hosts were strengthened by the returns of Niall O’Brien, Tim Murtagh, and Andy McBrine. Afghanistan, on the other hand, were missing their talismanic opening batsman, Mohammad Shahzad, with Shafiqullah donning the wicketkeeper’s gloves. Afghanistan are coming into this series on a high, having dominated the T20Is thanks to their excellent spin attack which features Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Toss: Ireland, elected to field first
Ireland team/playing XI
Paul Stirling, William Porterfield (capt), Gary Wilson, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Andy McBrine, Peter Chase, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin.
Afghanistan team/playing XI
Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah Shafiq(w), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam.
Match Timings: 10.15 start, First Session 10.15-13.45 Interval 13.45-14.30, Second Session 14.30-17.45
Umpires – Mark Hawthorne, Ian Gould
TV Umpires – Paul Reynolds
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Alan Neill
Match number – ODI no. 4032