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The first T20 International between Ireland (IRE) and Afghanistan (AFG) will be played at Stormont in Belfast on Tuesday, August 9. The match will start at 8:00 PM IST.

IRE vs AFG Dream11 prediction

The Ireland cricket team are coming off a 0-2 series defeat to South Africa at home. The result meant that they have failed to win any of their bilateral series in 2022 so far, following series losses to India (0-2) and New Zealand (0-3).

Meanwhile, the 3-0 series triumph over Zimbabwe in June 2022 meant the Afghanistan cricket team remained unbeaten in a bilateral T20 series since February 2018.

With a confident head-to-head record against Ireland (14 wins in 18 matches), it goes without saying that Afghanistan are favourites to triumph in the first T20I and take a lead in the five-game series.

IRE vs AFG Dream11 team tips for the 1st T20I

Top tip: Best batter

Ireland’s Paul Stirling will lead Ireland’s batting attack against the mighty spinners of Afghanistan. The opening batter has scored the most runs - 816 - for the team since January 2021 and is expected to inspire Ireland to their first T20I win in nine matches in 2022. Stirling is available for 9.0 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler

It goes without saying that Rashid Khan must be included in fantasy cricket teams. The 23-year-old bowler has grabbed 20 wickets in his last 13 T20I matches, and will cost teams 9.5 credits knowing his match-winning quality. Rashid will look to build on his record of 34 wickets against Ireland, at an economy of 5.97.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Mohammad Nabi is arguably the best all-rounder to consider in the first T20I against Ireland. The Afghanistan skipper has registered 399 runs as well as 15 wickets in 18 outings against the Irish, and is available to fantasy players at 9.0 credits.

For a wicket-keeper, Ireland’s Lorcan Tucker is our recommendation. The 25-year-old has recorded 415 runs and 23 dismissals since January 2021, and is capable of producing a match-winning performance against an in-form Afghanistan team. Priced at 8.5 credits, Tucker is a top buy and could get you maximum points.   

IRE vs AFG probable playing XI

IRE playing XI (probable): Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wicket-keeper), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little

AFG playing XI (probable): Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Nijat Masood

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