Ireland host Afghanistan in the three-match ODI series starting on Monday, August 27, 2018. The first ODI will be played at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast.

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The match is scheduled to start at 9:45 AM GMT, 1:45 PM AFT.

Afghanistan's tour of Ireland 2018, started with the three-match T20I series, in which the visitors thrashed the hosts 2-0. As the ODI leg unfolds, both the sides would look to challenge each other in the best way possible, as the sides have previously produced some memorable matches in the past.

Ireland is at the 12th position in the world ODI rankings, while Afghanistan is at the 10th position on the same table.

TV telecast and live streaming info:

  • India & Subcontinent: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, SonyLiv, Cricketgateway
  • UK: BBC, Cricketgateway
  • Australia: Fox Sports
  • South Africa: SuperSport
  • Ireland: BBC Sport NI, live stream on Cricketgateway.com
  • New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ

The live streaming will be available on Sony Liv.

Ireland seek turnaround

Though the conditions are in favor of them, Ireland has looked inadequate in terms of skill, so far on this tour.

The pressure will be right back on them after the T20I series loss.

The Irish one-day side has not had a year to be proud of after they failed to qualify for the World Cup 2019. Under the leadership of William Porterfield, the Irish team is going through a lean patch and would eye this series to make a comeback of some sort. Their strength lies with their batting, as it has experience of delivering in these conditions.

Afghanistan bank on their spinners

It seems like the Afghanistan side is improving every day taking long strides on its way. The Asian team would be mentally boosted after winning the T20I series. The ODI series in Ireland would help the Afghani team to prepare for the World Cup next year which will be held in the United Kingdom.

The team management will take this opportunity and try to find the appropriate XI for the World Cup as well as the Asia Cup next month.

Once again, their strength lies with the group of all-rounders along with their spin attack. It is unfair to state, but the tourists look a better side on paper.

There is a little that can be predicted about the pitch in Belfast. The conditions must help the seamers early on with the new ball, but batting will not be all difficult if the batsmen apply themselves properly.

Rain is expected early in the morning, but it is likely to stay away as the day progresses. There might be a delayed start but the match might not get affected that much.

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