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IRL vs AFG 1st T20I match prediction 9 Aug 2022

Match date · 9 Aug 2022 · 20:00 IST
IRE vs AFG prediction
  • Curtis Campher has scored the 20-run mark only once in his last five T20I innings
  • Paul Stirling is 60 runs short of 3000 T20I runs
  • Harry Tector averages 48.50 in T20I cricket against Afghanistan
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IRE vs AFG 1st T20I Predictions & Betting Tips

Afghanistan will take on hosts Ireland in the first match of the 5-T20I series on Tuesday, July 9 at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast. The visitors have won four of their last five T20I matches against Ireland. The last time the two teams played against each other was in March 2020 and Ireland won by prevailing over Afghanistan in the Super Over.

Further, Afghanistan have won four out of their last four T20Is, while Ireland have faced defeats in each of their last five matches in the shortest format. However, the team has given tough fights to strong oppositions like India and New Zealand. Overall, Afghanistan have won 14 out of their 18 T20I matches against Ireland. The Asian team in the number nine ranked T20I team in the world, while Ireland are placed on the 15th spot. As we gear up for the 1st T20I, I have brought to you the best three betting tips from the IRE vs AFG 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.

IRE vs AFG Player Bet:

Curtis Campher, Paul Stirling and Harry Tector are my top three player betting tips for the IRE vs AFG 1st T20I. Have a look at it for reaping the best returns.

Curtis Campher to score low

Ireland batter Curtis Campher has played 17 T20I matches and scored 250 runs at an average of 19.23. He has no fifty or hundred to his name in the shortest format of the game at the international level. In the 35 T20 matches the 23-year-old has played, he has scored 531 runs at an average of 21.24. He has hit one T20 fifty to his name. The right-hand batter has scored of 19, 0, 19*, 14 and 29 runs in his last five T20I outings. In between the break between the New Zealand T20Is and South Africa T20Is which concluded on August 5, Campher played three Cricket Ireland Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy matches and scored 7, 20 and 0 runs respectively. Campher has scored 62 runs in three matches at an average of 31 at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont, Belfast. However, batting against quality Afghanistan bowling, especially the spinners, might come across as a big challenge for the youngster. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and keep an eye on Curtis Campher from the IRE vs AFG 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.

Paul Stirling to score over 22.5 runs

Ahead of the second T20I against South Africa, we had predicted that Paul Stirling would score more than 21.5 runs and he did not disappoint by scoring 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, 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 109 T20Is and scored 2940 runs at an average of 29.40 and strike rate of 135.43. 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 17 matches against the side has seen him score 543 runs at an average of 31.94 and a strike rate of 144.80. 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. Another whirling knock is always a match away from a batter like Stirling and eyes will be on the Belfast-born star who has a very high chance to score high in the first T20I against Afghanistan on Tuesday. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and keep an eye on Paul Stirling from the IRE vs AFG 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.

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Harry Tector to score over 17.5 runs

Ireland batter Harry Tector has been a revelation for Ireland in the last couple of years. He has played 39 T20I matches and scored 713 runs at an average of 24.58 and a strike rate hovering around 130. What stand's out is his ability to smack handsome runs against the higher ranked teams. In June he scored unbeaten 64 off 33 and 39 off 28 against India. Both the knocks helped Ireland give India a run for their money. The 22-year-old could not do much against New Zealand but against South Africa on Friday, he top-scored for his team with 34 runs off 31 balls. Like Curtis Campher, the right-hand batter also played three Ireland Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Trophy matches ahead of the South Africa series and scored 13, 58* and 23* runs. Harry has played three matches against Afghanistan till date and scored 97 runs at an average of 48.50 and strike rate of 142.64. In 2022, he has played 11 T20I matches and scored 289 runs at an average of 32.11. The Ireland side are playing their fourth T20I series inside two months and are well warmed up for the Afghanistan challenge. Harry Tector is one of those batters who would look to score big against the opposition. If you feel the same, head over to 1XBET and keep an eye on Harry Tector from the IRE vs AFG 1st T20I head-to-head encounter.

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My Picks:

Curtis Campher to score low

Paul Stirling to score over 22.5 runs @ 1.8 (1XBET)

Harry Tector to score over 17.5 runs @ 1.832 (1XBET)

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