Ireland faces Oman in the upcoming fixture of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Oman has made a fantastic start to their campaign by winning both of their opening two fixtures and will be riding high on confidence ahead of this match. On the other hand, Ireland suffered a surprising defeat at the hands of UAE and would look to get back on track by notching a win in this contest. The Irish start the game as favorites although Oman enters this match with form on their side.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland vs Oman
21st October 2019
3:40 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi
Bright sunny conditions with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius expected during the course of the game.
The surface will have something in it for both the pacers as well as the slower bowlers whilst the batsmen too could receive some aid from the track. Such conditions could lead to a cracking contest between bat and bowl, which should create an enthralling spectacle for the viewers.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
With two half-centuries to his name, Paul Stirling has been the stand-out figure in the team but the side desperately requires some of the other experienced names to step up to the plate. Kevin O’ Brien and Andy Balbirnie need to put in a big performance with the willow in hand whereas, in the bowling department, Boyd Rankin and Mark Adair will be relied upon to pick up wickets at regular intervals in the game.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (c &wk), George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Shane Getkate, David Delany, Boyd Rankin
Khawar Ali and Aqib Ilyas form the core of the batting unit and the burden of run-scoring will lie heavily on their shoulders. Skipper Zeeshan Maqsood’s dual skills bring an extra dimension to the side whilst Amir Khaleem is a key man from the bowling perspective after notching three scalps in the previous game.
Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Aqib Ilyas, Amir Kaleem, Zeeshan Maqsood (C), Khurram Nawaz Khan, Suraj Kumar (WK), Mohammad Nadeem, Sandeep Goud, Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan
Paul Stirling is a mandatory pick as a result of his consistent batting exploits. He played a controlled knock of 72 from 58 balls in the last game when the rest of the batters struggled to add any significant contribution to the cause. Khawar Ali would be an ingenious addition as he opens the batting and also bagged three wickets with the ball in hand against Hong Kong. Kevin O’ Brien, Andy Balbirnie and Amir Khaleem are the other advisable picks for your fantasy side.
1: Paul Stirling
2: Khawar Ali
3: Andy Balbirnie
S Kumar, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
P Stirling, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
A Balbirnie, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
K O’Brien, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
A Ilyas, Points: 68-70, Grade: A
K Ali, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
A Kaleem, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
M Adair, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
B Rankin, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
A Butt, Points: 60-62, Grade: A