Canada have won both their matches so far and hence are comfortably placed atop the points table. Ireland, on the other hand, have won two of their three matches and are tied at the same number of points as Canada though they are positioned at the third spot in the table. Both these sides have performed quite well in recent times, including this tournament, and hence this promises to be a pretty exciting encounter.
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
October 23rd, 2019
3:40 PM IST
Sunny weather with no chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track could be expected to be a bit sluggish and the bowlers could avail benefits through it with cutters and sloweer deliveries, especially in the second innings when chasing could get a tad bit difficult.
Predicted Playing XI:
Paul Stirling and Kevin O Brien form the core of the batting order right at the top whilst the likes of Andrew Balbirnie and Mark Adair add further solidity to the lineup later on. Boyd Rankin and George Dockrell would be the key figures with the ball for them.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie, Mark Adair, Gary Wilson, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, David Delany, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson
Rodrigo Thomas Nitish Kumar would be the key men with the bat for Canada, especially the latter who has already produced some laudable knocks in the tournament. Navneet Dhaliwal would have to lead the side with conviction whilst Nikhil Dutta and Jeremy Gordon would be the other important members of the side.
Rodrigo Thomas, Navneet Dhaliwal (C), Nitish Kumar, Nicholas Kirton, Abraash Khan, Ravinderpal Singh, Saad Bin Zafar, Hamza Tariq (WK), Dillon Heyliger, Nikhil Dutta, Jeremy Gordon.
Nitish Kumar yet again lit up Canada’s last match against Nigeria as his 57 runs from 36 deliveries including five boundaries and a six ensured that the side raced ahead to a commendable total whilst he earned a sizable number of points as well. Dillon Heyliger scalped three dismissals for Canada too, thus breaking the back of Nigeria’s batting order and hence he should be a mandatory pick in the fantasy XI. Kevin O’Brien was pretty impressive whilst opening the batting for the Irish team against Oman as he scored 41 runs off 28 deliveries and helped his side attain a positive, solid base and foundation to build their innings on. These three players could be extremely effective in tomorrow’s encounter and notch up a considerable number of points owing to recent form as well.
1: Nitish Kumar
2: Kevin O’Brien
3: Navneet Dhaliwal
Dream XI & Points Projection:
H Tariq, Points: 22-24, Grade: B
P Stirling, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
N Kumar, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
K O’Brien, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
N Dhaliwal, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
D Heyliger, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
G Dockrell, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
M Adair, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
S bin Zafar, Points: 32-34, Grade: B
J Gordon, Points: 30-32, Grade: B
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