Having won the first of three Twenty20 internationals against Ireland in a off the wall in Dehradun, Afghanistan is going to be buoyed going into the second T20I on Saturday, 23 February.
Afghanistan’s powerful bowling assault persisted to make an impression on in the very first T20I, restricting Ireland to just 132/6 in 20 overs once they needed opted to bat. The spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and also Mohammad Nabi–the Player of the Match–claimed five wickets between all of them, giving away simply 57 runs in 12 overs.
There are doubts over the participation of Stuart Thompson, who had to walk off the area halfway through his third over in the very first T20I, having pulled a hamstring throughout his run-up. Ireland are going to hope the pacer has reclaimed in time for the second game.