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Ireland will be out to continue their winning ways while Afghanistan will seek to return their winning ways as the two teams will clash in the fourth ODI in Dehradun on Friday.

After the second game was called off due to heavy rain, Ireland came out all guns blazing as Andrew Balbirnie’s career-best 145-run knocked helped the William Porterfield-led side a four-wicket win to level the five-match series 1-1. 

While Najibullah Zadran too had scored a hundred to guide Afghanistan to 256, batting first, it went in vain. (FULL SCHEDULE: Afghanistan vs Ireland 2019)

While the series is still on the line for both the teams, the two teams will also be out to break the deadlock and gain an upperhand in terms of head-to-head record in ODIs. So far, in the 23 ODIs that these two teams have played against each other, they are tied with 11 wins each, with one game yielding no result.

A win in the fourth ODI will also be an opportunity for either team to gain an unassailable lead in the series.

Match details

What: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 4th ODI

Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

When: Tuesday, March 8

Time: 13:00 IST

Team news

Afghanistan

Bowlers held the key in Afghanistan’s 3-0 sweep of Ireland in Twnety20I series and the first ODI. They could not do that in the third ODI as Ireland registered their first win in the series. The Asghar Afghan-led side will be keen to take an unassailable lead in the series and for that to happen, their bowlers will have to come good.

Likely XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad (wicketkeeper), Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran.

Ireland:

With their first win against Afghanistan in India on this tour in the third ODI, Ireland may like to retain the same playing XI that powered them to victory. However, Ireland will like their batsmen to come good as a unit. While Balbirnie scored a hundred and George Dockrell scored a fifty, others failed to chip in with important contributions.

Likely XI: William Porterfield (Captain), Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter (wicketkeeper), George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron-Dow, Boyd Rankin.

Stats

Ireland and Afghanistan have played 23 ODIs against each other and have won 11 ODIs each, with one game was washed out.

Porterfield’s last ODI fifty was in March 2018. In eight innings since, he has a best of 20 and two zeroes.

Mohammad Nabi (2461 runs) needs 95 runs to surpass Mohammad Shahzad (2556 runs) to become Afghanistan’s top run-getter in ODIs.

Quotes

“When you go out and bat, you dream of having that kind of knock, so to do it is just great.” – Andrew Balbirnie