Afghanistan wins toss, elects to bat in 2nd ODI

DEHRADUN, India (AP) — Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat in the second one-day international against Ireland on Saturday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Ali Khil was among two debutants for Afghanistan as it prepares for this May's World Cup in England.

The 18-year-old Ali Khil replaced experienced Mohammad Shahzad while 24-year-old leftarm seamer Sayed Shirzad also made his ODI debut, replacing Dawlat Zadran.

Javed Ahmadi was the third change from the Afghanistan team which defeated Ireland by five wickets in the first match of the five-game series on Thursday. Ahmadi replaced Najibullah Zadran.

For Ireland, allrounder James Cameron-Dow, who also bowls leftarm spin, was awarded his first ODI and replaced James McCollum.



Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan (captain), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Ali Khil, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Sayed Shirzad, Mujeeb Ur Rehman.

Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O'Brien, Stuart Poynter, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, James Cameron-Dow, Boyd Rankin


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