AFG vs IRE Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Oct 28, 2022

AFG vs IRE Match Prediction - Oct 28, 2022

Afghanistan will take on Ireland in the T20 World Cup 2022 next and there is everything to play for. Group 1, which both these teams are a part of, is very close right now. Any one of the teams in the group could theoretically find itself fighting for a Super-12 stage.  

This matchup is very intriguing from a couple of perspectives. Afghanistan has dominated Ireland in T20 cricket for a fair bit of time now but the conditions are a bit different this time around. Also, Ireland has just defeated England, the pre-tournament favorite. Every other team in the group will be watching this game with interest!

Match Prediction and cricket betting tips for Afghanistan vs Ireland T20 World Cup 2022. The match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on the 28th of October 2022.

AFG vs IRE Team Previews


Afghanistan lost its match against England and then got a point courtesy the rain in Melbourne. For Afghanistan, this is one of the matches that it would really believe it can win. It has won 16 out of the 23 matches it has played against Ireland so far and traditionally, its spinners have done the most damage. 

Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Mohammad Nabi are going to be a real handful for Ireland to handle even though Melbourne has been a lot more pace-friendly so far. Fareed Ahmad and Fazalhaq Farooqi have been quite good also showing that Afghanistan has a nice well-rounded bowling attack. 

The biggest concern for Afghanistan will be its batting. Ibrahim Zadran is the one batter that is capable of scoring runs on bouncy surfaces and Rahmanullah Gurbaz can also throw his bat around. The rest of the batting is not very dependable. Getting enough runs could continue to be a problem for this Afghanistan team.

Afghanistan Playing 11

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Ireland has been very impressive in the T20 World Cup so far. It started off with a loss to Zimbabwe but has since shown a lot of intent, aggression, and smart tactics. The win against England may have been DLS assisted but it was well-deserved. 

Ireland had dominated England's bowling and then bowled much better. 

Now, Ireland is going to face a lot more high-quality spin, and how they approach that is going to determine where they end up in this match. Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, and Lorcan Tucker have all been in good touch. They have taken the game to the bowlers and struck form at the right time. 

Balbirnie is perhaps the best player of spin in this lineup alongside Harry Tector but the latter has not been able to get any sort of momentum. Don't underestimate the roll of Campher and Dockrell down the order as they may well be required to bat quite a bit.

Ireland will believe it can crack this game open with its bowling. Joshua Little, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, and Fionn Hand were impressive on a helpful surface in Melbourne against England. That knowledge could come in very handy in this match.

Ireland Playing 11

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AFG vs IRE Toss Prediction

The team that wins the toss could well look to field first since there is rain around Melbourne once more. 

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

There is rain predicted in Melbourne but the forecast is not as bad as what we saw when Afghanistan was scheduled to play against New Zealand. The pitch is fresh and there is a decent amount of grass on the surface. This has meant more pace and bounce in Melbourne than we usually get to see. The fast bowlers have been hard to face and early wickets are often lost in the powerplay. Spin, expected to play a big role in Melbourne, has been attacked towards the short straight boundaries. 

We think this is a surface where 160 is a good total. 

AFG vs IRE Betting Tips

We are going to back Ireland in this contest. Recent form is very important in making your judgment and that is where Ireland has a big advantage. Also, the conditions in Australia are more to Ireland's liking than Afghanistan's. The fact that Ireland played its previous match in Melbourne is also a big plus. 

Afghanistan's batting could continue to struggle and its spinners may not have the kind of impact that they usually do. 

Bet on Ireland to win.

Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. 10CRIC


    Lorcan Tucker Total Runs

    Over 15.5 (1.85)


We think this is a very favorable Over/Under line for bettors. Tucker has struck the ball sweetly this entire tournament and while he has not always got big runs, a good inning seems to be around the corner. With 120 runs from five innings, Tucker is the second-highest run getter for Ireland right now.

  1. Parimatch


    A Fifty in the Match

    No (4.20)


The conditions have been quite bowler-friendly in Melbourne. We could also have a reduction in the overs making getting to a fifty difficult. Finally, the batting lineups of both teams is not the greatest. The odds make this worth the risk in our opinion.

Today Match Prediction

Ireland To Win the Match, 2.36

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Who will win AFG vs IRE

Afghanistan 63.21% (280)
Ireland 36.79% (163)
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