Pitch and weather: The MCG has favored seamers in this tournament and historically favors chasing sides with 10 out of 16 men’s T20I matches won by the team batting second. The decision to chase may be even more enhanced by the forecast for Friday. Following the rain that halted England’s chase against Ireland and forced Afghanistan’s match against New Zealand to be washed out entirely, an 80% chance of showers is forecast from 8 am until 8 pm on Friday.
Afghanistan vs Ireland Highlights today. 25th Match, Group 1 (D/N), Melbourne Cricket Ground, Friday 28-10-2022, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
Afghanistan team: 1 Hazratullah Zazai, 2 Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), 3 Ibrahim Zadran, 4 Usman Ghani, 5 Najibullah Zadran, 6 Mohammad Nabi (capt.), 7 Azmatullah Omarzai, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Mujeeb Ur Rahman, 10 Fareed Ahmad, 11 Fazalhaq Farooqi
Ireland team: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt.), 3 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Curtis Campher, 6 George Dockrell, 7 Gareth Delany, 8 Mark Adair, 9 Barry McCarthy, 10 Fionn Hand, 11 Josh Little
Head to Head In T20I’s: 23
Afghanistan Won: 16
Ireland Won: 7
Afghanistan T20I Rankings: 10th
Ireland T20I Rankings: 12th
(last five completed Tests, most recent first)
Match Timings: 04:00 AM GMT | 03:00 PM Local
Umpires – Adrian Holdstock, Aleem Dar
TV Umpire – Chris Brown
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match number – T20I no. 1850
Match abandoned without a ball bowled.