Ireland faces United Arab Emirates in the ninth match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifiers. The Irish began their campaign in flying fashion with a dominant victory over a hapless Hong-Kong side. They easily chased down a total of 154 with eight wickets to spare courtesy of half-centuries from Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling. Now they shall aim to pick up another win in their game against the hosts, UAE, who have enough quality in their ranks to provide stiff competition to their formidable opponents.
Ireland vs UAE
19th October 2019
9:00 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Clear conditions are expected with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius expected during the course of the game.
The surface should offer some aid to the bowlers as well as the batsmen ensuring a close contest between bat and bowl. A score ranging between 160-170 could prove to be a winning total on this track.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Paul Stirling and Kevin O’ Brien form a fearsome opening partnership and the onus will lie on them to make the most of the powerplay overs. Harry Tector will have to anchor the inning and take his team to a respectable total whilst Mark Adair will play a crucial role in the bowling department.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (c &wk), George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Stuart Thompson, David Delany, Boyd Rankin
Off-field issues have acted as an impediment in their preparation for these important qualifiers. However, they would look to show determination and resilience in these testing times. In the absence of a few key figures, Ashfaq Ahmed and Chirag Suri will hold the key in the batting unit whereas Zahoor Khan will be backed to make a difference with the bowl in hand.
Ashfaq Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Ghulam Shabber (WK), Chirag Suri, Ahmed Raza (c), Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Usman, Waheed Ahmed, Sultan Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddiqui
Kevin O’ Brien missed out on scoring in the last game as a result of an unfortunate run-out but the explosive opener is due for a big performance. Thus, he should be the first name on the teamsheet. Paul Stirling is a must-pick after he played an exhilarating knock of 62 from just 36 balls at a strike rate of 172.22. Andrew Balbirnie and Rohan Mustafa also would be excellent additions as the duo are certain to accumulate a copious amount of points for your fantasy side.
1: Kevin O’ Brien
2: Paul Stirling
3: Andrew Balbirnie
G Shabber, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
P Stirling, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
A Balbirnie, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
K O’Brien, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
C Suri, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
M Osman, Points: 58-60, Grade: A
R Mustafa, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
M Adair, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
B Rankin, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
Z Khan, Points: 62-64, Grade: A