Ireland faces Namibia in the third-place playoff in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers. Both teams have played some fantastic cricket throughout the course of this campaign and achieved their primary target of qualifying for the quadrennial event held next year. After suffering losses against the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea respectively in the semi-finals, they now contest for a third-place finish in this game and would look to end their quite successful campaign in Dubai on a positive note.
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier
Ireland vs Namibia
2nd November 2019
3:40 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Clear sunny conditions with absolutely no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 31 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
It is a decent batting track but has the tendency to slow down a great deal as the match progresses making it a difficult surface for chasing totals as proved by yesterday’s two results. Thus, batting first would be the preferable option on winning the toss.
No notable injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Paul Stirling has performed well in this competition whilst Kevin O’ Brien has shown glimpses of his incredible batting talents. Gareth Delany and Andrew Balbirnie provide solidity to the middle order whereas Boyd Rankin and Mark Adair are the go-to-men in the bowling department.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson(w/c), Craig Young, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson
Niko Davin is a pugnacious batsman adept at providing a blazing start to the inning whilst the likes of JP Kotze, Craig Williams, and skipper Gerhard Erasmus can steady the ship if they lose a couple of early wickets. Bernard Scholtz and Christi Viljoen will offer impetus with the bowl in hand.
Stephan Baard, Niko Davin, JP Kotze, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus(c), Zane Green(w), JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Zhivago Groenewald, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
Despite sub-par performances in the previous match, Paul Stirling and Kevin O’ Brien are must-picks considering the duo can accumulate runs at a brisk rate. The former has amassed 266 runs in this campaign, including three half-centuries and is the highest run-getter for the Irish in this tournament. Gerard Erasmus and JJ Smit have been the stand-out performers for Namibia. Erasmus has scored 217 runs from eight matches whilst the latter has a whopping 677 points to his name in fantasy contests, which ensures he walks into any Dream11 Team.
1: JJ Smit
2: Paul Stirling
3: Gerhard Erasmus
J Kotze, Points: 24-26, Grade: B
G Erasmus, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
N Davin, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
K O’Brien, Points: 72-74, Grade: A
P Stirling, Points: 78-80, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
J Smit, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
C Viljoen, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
B Scholtz, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
M Adair, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
B Rankin Points: 44-46, Grade: A