Afghanistan won series against Scotland and will hope to repeat the same against Ireland as well    AFP
Afghanistan won series against Scotland and will hope to repeat the same against Ireland as well AFP

After the rain abandoned match, Afghanistan and Ireland are set to clash for 2nd ODI at Belfast on Tuesday. The live streaming of the match will be available on Afghan Play. This will be Ireland s second home series after they hosted a short series against Sri Lanka. They will like hope to win this and restore the faith of their fans. The series is all up for grabs for both the teams, who are usually tagged as minnows but have caused a few hiccups against some big teams in the past. This will be Ireland s second home series after they hosted a short series against Sri Lanka. They will like hope to win this and restore the faith of their fans. LIVE SCORE UPDATES: Afghanistan vs Ireland 2016, 2nd ODI at Belfast

The series is all up for grabs for both the teams, who are usually tagged as minnows but have caused a few hiccups against some big teams in the past. They were phenomenal in the ICC World Twenty20 (T20I) where, giving a run for the money to all big teams and defeated West Indies in the last match, which was the eventual champions only defeat. Mohammad Shehzad will again have the responsibility to bat along with others and compile quick runs for his side. Rahmat Shah has also been in good form with his hundred against Scotland in the first ODI. Others have to step up like Javed Ahmadi and Noor Ali Zadran, who will like to play a longer innings as they got starts but threw their wickets in the two encounters against Scotland. ALSO READ: Ireland announce ODI against WI and tri-series

For Ireland, nothing went right in the series against Sri Lanka. Skipper, William Porterfield, Kevin O Brien, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce and Stuart Poynter will like to take maximum responsibility with the willow and contribute for the team. Niall O Brien is out of the series with a calf muscle injury while Boyd Rankin will miss the series due to his County commitments. A lot will depend on how Kevin O Brien fares for the home side in this series.

An exciting encounter should be expected, if rain gods do not spoil the game again. Both the teams have shown the world that they can compete well against established sides but need to be more consistent. This can be an evenly contested series.