Ireland vs Afghanistan
Paul Stirling (L) and Asghar Afghan pose with the trophies (Credit: ACB)

Eighth-ranked Afghanistan face familiar opponents Ireland, ranked 17th, in the first of three T20Is in their adopted home of Dehradun on Thursday seeking to build on an unbeaten record in the town situated in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The last time Afghanistan played in Dehradun they swept Bangladesh 3-0 in an exciting series that was well received by local fans. Afghanistan and Ireland last met in August 2018 when Asghar Afghan’s team won 2-0, and now, back in the familiar settings of Dehradun, they seek to start a long ‘home’ series with Ireland on a strong note.

What: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 1st T20I

When: February 21, 2019 (Thursday)

Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

Start Time: 6:30 pm (IST)

Live Scorecard: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 1st T20I

Live Streaming: YouTube

On TV: DSPORT (India)

Squads

Afghanistan: Paul Stirling (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker

Ireland: Asghar Afghan (captain), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Farid Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Ziaur Rahman