Batting First is the way to go – So far putting runs on the board first have worked for most of the teams and both AFG and IRE will be looking to set a target instead of being under pressure for chasing one.
Not the ideal conditions for a game of cricket. There is a high chance of rain predicted on Friday, with the temperature expected to hover between 9 to 13 degrees Celsius.
The pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground assists the pacers. As the ball moves off the surface, the batters will have to be on their toes while batting here. The spinners will come into play in the later stages of the game due to long boundaries.
The MCG being a bowling pitch and usually a low scoring pitch, keeping these facts and history in mind we can expect a target around 145-160.
Our money is on AFG – Even though Ireland does have a talented lineup and even won against ENG (DLS or NOT), the favourites for this clash will still be AFG as their talent completely overshadows the opposition, players like Rahman, Nabi, Rashid Khan are in an exception form and the list isn’t over.
AFG – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Gurbaz.
IRE – Paul sterling, Balbernie and josh Little.