Ireland’s form has been rather curious and with tonnes of scope for improvement as they managed to emerge victorious in only two of their four matches whilst having lost the other two as such. Jersey, strikingly, have endured a similar run so far but are placed a spot ahead of Ireland in the points table on the basis of better NRR. Under ideal circumstances, Ireland should be favorites in this match but it is difficult to predict the same for the upcoming clash.
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
October 25th, 2019
11:30 AM IST
Sunny weather with merely 2% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 29 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track on offer would have something to present for the spinners as well as the pitch could tend to just hold up a little bit and make run scoring difficult during the second innings of the game.
Predicted Playing XI:
Paul Stirling and Kevik O’Brien constitute a laudable opening pair for Ireland whilst the likes of Andy Balbirnie and Gary Wilson add further quality and class later on in the lineup. Boyd Rankin and George Dockrell are their most accomplished bowlers and would be vital in this game as well.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (C&WK), Mark Adair, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, David Delany, Boyd Rankin
Nick Ferraby and Ben Stevens would be banked upon to do the major chunk of the scoring right at the top whilst the likes of Jonty Jenner and Nick Greenwood would be relied upon to steer the middle order and provide the spike in the scoring rate late in the innings.
Nick Ferraby, Harrison Carlyon, Ben Stevens, Jonty Jenner, Nick Greenwood, Ben Ward, Corey Bisson, Dom Blampied, Jake Dunford (WK), Charles Perchard (C), Elliot Miles
Boyd Rankin was quite impressive for Ireland against Canada though his team had to face a rather humiliating defeat in that particular encounter. Rankin managed to bag two wickets at a subdued rate as well and this showcases that he is in good enough rhythm to be drafted in the side. Ben Stevens had tried to hold Jersey’s innings together in their failed chase against Hong Kong as the all-rounder notched 39 runs at a strike rate of 105.41 whilst having come to bat at number four. Benjamin Ward had scalped three dismissals in his bowling spell of four overs and conceded merely 19 runs in total as well. These two players could have a massive impact against the men from Ireland tomorrow and should be roped in the fantasy XI side.
1: Paul Stirling
2: Kevin O’Brien
3: Benjamin Ward
Dream XI & Points Projection:
P Stirling, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
J Dunford, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
A Balbirnie, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
J Jenner, Points: 34-46, Grade: B
K O’Brien, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
B Ward, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
B Stevens, Points: 56-58, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
C Perchard, Points: 28-30, Grade: B
B Rankin, Points: 46-48, Grade: A
M Adair, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
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