Afghanistan will play Ireland in a must-win fourth T20I on Monday, August 15 at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast. The visitors won the third T20I by 22 runs to keep the 5-match series alive on Friday.
Openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz forged a 90-run opening stand and Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah Zadran also chipped in with handy contributions of 36 and 42 runs respectively to take Afghanistan to 189/5 in 20 overs. In reply, Ireland openers Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie departed cheaply for 0 and 1 respectively. Half of the Ireland team was back in the pavilion before the end of the 9th over before a 74-run partnership for the eight wicket between George Dockrell (58) and Fionn Hand (36) took the hosts closer to the target but they fell short by 22 runs in the end. Overall, Afghanistan have won 15 out of their 21 T20I matches against Ireland. The Asian team is the number tenth ranked T20I team in the world, while Ireland are placed on the 14th spot. As we gear up for the 4th T20I, I have brought to you the best three betting tips from the IRE vs AFG 4th T20I head-to-head encounter.
Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling and Hazratullah Zazai are my top three player betting tips for the IRE vs AFG 4th T20I. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.
Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Lorcan Tucker has looked good so far in the series. He scored 31 off 21 in the third T20I. His innings consisted of four boundaries and a six. Tucker played with immense ease and confidence despite wickets falling all around him. In the first and the second T20I, 50 and 27 runs respectively and played crucial roles in helping Ireland take a 2-0 lead. Earlier, in the two-match T20I series against South Africa he scored 78 runs off 38 balls only. The innings gave South Africa a run for their money despite posting a 212-run target. Playing for Leinster Lighting on July 28 in the Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy, he scored 77 off 33 against North-West Warriors. The innings was studded with seven fours and five sixes. It's clear that the 25-year-old is going through a rich vein of form. In 2022, the right-hand batter has scored 346 runs in 18 matches at an average of 21.62. Tucker has played 10 T20I matches against Afghanistan and scored 177 runs at an average of 17.70. Overall, he has played 40 T20Is and scored 653 runs at an average of 19.78. In the fourth T20I, the in-form batter would look to improve these numbers further. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.89 for Lorcan Tucker to score over 29.5 runs from the IRE vs AFG 4th T20I head-to-head encounter.
Ahead of the first T20I, we had predicted that Paul Stirling would be among one of the high-scores from the match, and he did not disappoint us by scoring 31 off 29. His innings consisted of three four and two sixes. However, he has failed to find momentum in the last two matches which have seen him score 4 and 0. Before the first T20I against Afghanistan, Stirling scored 28 runs off 16 balls against a strong Proteas bowling attack. His innings consisted of two fours and as many sixes. In the first T20I against the Proteas, he was off to a flying start again, scoring 18 runs off 11 balls. Earlier, Stirling scored 13 runs in the first T20I against New Zealand on July 18 before scoring 21 and 40 runs in the following two matches. Ireland and New Zealand also locked horns in a 3-match ODI series as Stirling smacked 120 runs off 103 deliveries in the third game. The knock set the tone for the 361-run chase. His third wicket partnership 179 runs with Harry Tector gave New Zealand a run for their money. The Kiwi side could win the match by one run only. Stirling scored 40 runs off 18 balls in the second T20I of the 2-match series against India in June. Overall, the quality batsman continues to be a big threat for any opposition team. The 31-year-old has played a total of 112 T20Is and scored 2975 runs at an average of 28.88 and strike rate of 134.37. He has one hundred and 20 fifties to his name in the format. Stirling has a more than decent record against Afghanistan, an opposition against whom he has scored most T20I runs. The 20 matches against the side has seen him score 574 runs at an average of 28.88 and a strike rate of 138.27. He has hit four fifties against the Asian team. Stirling was part of the Vitality Blast 2022. He played a total of 13 matches for Warwickshire and scored 313 runs (including a hundred) at an average of 24.07 and a strike rate of 174.86. He finished the tournament as the fourth-highest run-scorer for the team. With back-to-back two below-par outings, Belfast-born star will look to bounce back with a stellar knock and hand his team an unassailable 3-1 lead. Stirling in all likelihood if expected to score over 29 runs on Monday. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.87 for Paul Stirling to score over 22.5 runs from the IRE vs AFG 4th T20I head-to-head encounter.
After not getting a game in the first two matches, Hazratullah Zazai featured in the third T20I and made an impact straightaway. The opener scored 39 runs off 40 balls and helped Afghanistan have a powerful start against an upbeat Irish side. His 90-run opening stand with Rahmanullah Gurbaz helped Afghanistan post a solid 190-run target for the Irish team and later win the match by 22 runs. The 25-year-old has entered the series on the back of some good outings in Shpageeza Cricket League. He scored 30, 20, 73, 2 and 32 in his five outings there. The southpaw has scores of 39, 12, 28, 45 and 59* in his last five T20I outings. In 2022, Zazai played six T20I matches and scored 189 runs at an average of 37.80 and strike rate of 133.09. He has a terrific record against Ireland, an opposition against whom he has most T20I runs to his name. In the eight matches Zazai has played against them, he has scored 450 runs at an average of 64.28. His strike rate against Ireland is a staggering 173.07. Zazai looks definitely set to score over 23 runs against Ireland on Monday. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and grab the odds of 1.89 for Hazratullah Zazai to score over 23.5 runs from the IRE vs AFG 4th T20I head-to-head encounter.
Lorcan Tucker to score over 29.5 runs @ 1.89 (1XBET)
Paul Stirling to score over 22.5 runs @ 1.87 (1XBET)
Hazratullah Zazai to score over 23.5 runs @ 1.89 (1XBET)