The fifth and final T20I between Ireland (IRE) and Afghanistan (AFG) will be played on Wednesday, August 17 at Stormont in Belfast. The match will start at 8:00 PM IST.
IRE vs AFG Dream11 prediction
The fourth T20I between the two teams saw Afghanistan level the series 2-2, making the final match of the series a title decider. Over the course of the series, both teams have shown evident frailties at times and it’s all about exploiting the weaknesses in the final match.
With that in mind, we expect Afghanistan to come out on top as they have momentum on their side and have shown glimpses of individual brilliance throughout the series.
IRE vs AFG Dream11 team tips for 5th T20I
Top tip: Best batter
Afghanistan’s middle-order batter Najibullah Zadran is our top pick for this position. The 29-year-old has tallied 228 fantasy points in four outings. He’s scored 115 runs in the series at an average of 28.75. At 9 credits, he may be a tad bit expensive but he has scored 40-plus runs in each of the last two matches.
Top tip: Best bowler
Naveen-ul-Haq, Afghanistan's 22-year-old pacer, is currently leading the wicket-taking charts in the series with seven scalps in four innings. Interestingly, five of those wickets have come in his last two outings, making him a worthy candidate for this position. At just 8.5 credits, he remains an absolute steal.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
Ireland’s middle-order batter George Dockrell is averaging 70.75 fantasy points per game, having accrued an impressive 283 points in the last four outings. With 134 runs in four innings already, the 30-year-old is leading the run-scoring chart in the series and is our outright pick for an all-rounder.
For a wicket-keeper, Ireland’s Lorcan Tucker should be preferred ahead of Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The 25-year-old Ireland gloveman has made it to the Dream Team in three of his last four outings while tallying 171 fantasy points. He did blank in the previous game but one cannot overlook his return of 112 runs, which he has scored at an average of 28 in the series.
IRE vs AFG probable playing XI
IRE playing XI (probable): Paul Sterling, Andy Balbirnie (captain), Lorcan Tucker (wicket-keeper), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Fionn Hand, Barry McCarthy, Simi Singh, Josh Little
AFG playing XI (probable): Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi (captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed A
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