Ireland takes on the Netherlands in the first semi-final of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019. Both sides have secured their qualification for the marquee event and would look to top it off by winning the tournament. The Irish booked their spot by finishing atop the points table in Group B by edging Oman and UAE out courtesy of a superior net run rate. Meanwhile, the Dutch completed a dominant triumph over UAE in the first playoff to confirm their presence in the T20 World Cup.
ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers
Ireland vs Netherlands
1st November 2019
3:40 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Bright sunny conditions with absolutely no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 33 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will offer an ample amount of assistance to the pacers as well as the spinners whilst there should be enough aid in the track to keep the batters interested.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Paul Stirling and Kevin O’ Brien are an explosive opening pairing adept at providing a blazing start to the inning whilst the likes of Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany and Harry Tector are reliable figures in the middle order. Craig Young is one to watch out for in the bowling department after picking up a four-fer in the last match.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson(w/c), Mark Adair, Craig Young, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson
Max O’ Dowd and Ben Cooper are the key men in the batting department whereas the dual skills of Colin Ackermann and Roelof van der Merwe bring a fine balance to the side. Their bowling unit has put in remarkable performances so far and hence has emerged as a real positive in this campaign.
Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Pieter Seelaar(c), Scott Edwards(w), Roelof van der Merwe, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren
Kevin O’ Brien looked in ominous touch in his 17-ball 32 and is due for a big score. His explosive batting style makes him a must-have in the Dream11 Team. Paul Stirling and Max O’Dowd are crucial players for their respective sides and should be backed to have a major impact on this game. Brandon Glover should also find a place in the Dream11 Team after he grabbed four wickets in the previous game. Ryan ten Doeschate, Colin Ackermann and Gareth Delany are other players that should be considered for your fantasy side.
1: Paul Stirling
2: Max O’Dowd
3: Gareth Delany
S Edwards, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
P Stirling, Points: 84-86, Grade: A
R ten Doeschate, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
M O’Dowd, Points: 82-84, Grade: A
K O’Brien, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
G Delany, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
R van der Merwe, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
C Ackermann, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
B Rankin, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
B Glover, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
P van Meekren, Points: 56-58, Grade: A