IRE vs NED: The Sheikh Zayed Stadium will host the third match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Qualifiers between Ireland and the Netherlands. The match is scheduled to be played at 3:30 PM as per IST.
Netherlands is walking into their opening game of the World T20 Qualifiers after playing a warm-up match against Oman on October 14. Oman won the toss and decided to bowl first and did a commendable job at that. They didn’t gather wickets but certainly didn’t let the Netherlands score a huge score. Courtesy of Stephan’s 38-ball 43 and Ben Cooper‘s magnificent 28-ball 40, Netherlands got to 165/4. In reply, the Oman team fell apart like a stack of dominos except for Aqib Ilyas’ hard-hitting 48-ball 78. His knock helped Oman get real close to winning but ended up losing by 4 runs.
On the other hand, Ireland played their warm-up game against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy of Gareth Delany’s unbeaten 50-ball 88, Ireland marched to a gigantic total of 177. Taskin Ahmed was the pick of the bowlers with 2/26 in his four-overs quota. However, the Bangladeshi batsmen fell apart to the likes of Mark Adair, Craig Young & Joshua Little who shared seven wickets amongst themselves out of the ten. With an outstanding display with the bat and ball, Ireland won the match by 33 runs.
It will be an exhilarating contest of bat & ball as both the team have players who perform with great intent. However, Ireland does seem to be the favourites to start off with a win.
Match: Ireland vs Netherlands
Date & Time: 18th October 2021, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi pitch has supported the spinners as they have been able to extract a significant amount of turn on this ground. On the other hand, batters keep struggling in their attempts to adapt to this pitch. After winning the toss, both the teams will look to the field first as chasing has been easier on this surface.
It is expected to be sunny and mildly humid throughout the game with temperatures decreasing marginally.
IRE vs NED Predicted Playing XI
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Neil Rock (wk), Mark Adair, Craig Young, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy
Ryan ten Doeschate, Stephan Myburgh Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards (w), Fred Klaassen, Roelof van der Merwe, Pieter Seelaar (c), Timm van der Gugten, Logan van Beek, Ben Cooper, Paul van Meekeren.
IRE vs NED Dream11 Team Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Scott Edwards
Batsmen: Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien, Ben Cooper
All-rounders: Roelof van der Merwe (VC), Pieter Seelaar, Ryan ten doeschate, Curtis Campher
Bowlers: Timm van der gugten, Craig Young, Mark Adair