Ireland have won thrice in their five matches so far, and after an initial hiccup they look to be in a good enough touch now to carry on with their ongoing positive momentum in the competition. Nigeria though, have lost all four of their matches and hence the much more formidable Irish team would most possibly be the overwhelming favorites to emerge victorious in this match.
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 26th, 2019
11:30 AM IST
Sunny weather with barely 2% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 29 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track could be expected to be quite conducive to the batsmen and hence run-scoring could probably be much more convenient as the game progresses.
Predicted Playing XI:
Ireland boast of a pretty impressive top order with the likes of Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie taking the mantle of doing the major chunk of the scoring early on. Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin and George Dockrell would be the other crucial players for this team.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (C & WK), Mark Adair, Craig Young, George Dockrell, David Delany, Boyd Rankin
Sulaimon Runsewe and Leke Oyede would shoulder the majority of the responsibility for the lineup whilst the likes of Josep Adedeji and Ademola Onikoyi would have to show up with a defining performance if the Nigerians were to overturn their current run of form.
Daniel Ajekun, Sulaimon Runsewe, Leke Oyede, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Joseph Adedeji, Ademola Onikoyi (C & WK), Daniel Gim, Sylvester Okpe, Vincent Adewoye, Chima Akachukwu, Abiodun Abioye
Paul Stirling was in a stellar form for Ireland against Jersey as he notched 58 runs in 37 deliveries including five boundaries and two sixes. Anyways, Stirling has been in a good touch for a considerable period of time and hence he should definitely be drafted in the fantasy XI. Balbirnie took up the responsibility brilliantly as he scored four boundaries in his knock of 33 runs in 27 deliveries. Mark Adair played an important role in reducing Jersey to a very meagre total as he notched three dismissals in his spell of four overs after having conceded merely 10 runs in total. These three players can have a significant impact upon the game, and hence should be must picks in the Dream XI side.
1: Paul Stirling
2: Andrew Balbirnie
3: Mark Adair
Dream XI & Points Projection:
S Runsewe, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
K O’Brien, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
P Stirling, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
D Ajekun, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
A Balbirnie, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
L Oyede, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
I Okpe, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
M Adair, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
B Rankin, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
D Delany, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
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