IRE vs NED Prediction: The T20 World Cup kicked off yesterday with two matches. Eight teams are taking part in the qualifiers and the top four will move to the Super 12 stage. Oman demolished Papua New Guinea in the first game by 10 wickets. The evening game saw an upset as Bangladesh fell short by 6 runs against Scotland.
Ireland take on Netherlands in the first game today at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ireland cruised to a victory over PNG before narrowly beating Bangladesh in the warm-up games. Netherlands, on the other hand, lost to Scotland by 31 runs before bouncing back to defeat Oman in a humdinger of a contest.
Ireland vs Netherlands
Match 3, T20 World Cup
18 October 2021, 03:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. It will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. The matches are split in four venues- Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. T20 World Cup will be broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
IRE vs NED Head to Head: Netherlands have the upper hand with 7 wins as compared to Ireland’s four wins.
IRE – 60%
NED – 40%
Ireland will be high on confidence having won both their warm-up games. They are also coming on the back of a series win against Zimbabwe. Netherlands have lost two of their three practice games but they will take strength from the fact that they emerged victors the last time these two sides met. Ireland are slight favorites for this encounter.
Bet365: IRE: 1.66; NED: 2.20
Paul Stirling has been the mainstay of Ireland’s batting over the years. He had a terrific outing in the recently concluded series against Zimbabwe. He has 2495 runs in 88 games at an average of 30 with 18 half-centuries to his name.
Josh Little will be one of the key bowlers on the show today. He has 18 wickets in 23 games at an economy of 8.1.
Roelof van der Merwe is an experienced campaigner who can have a good outing. He has picked up 54 wickets in 42 games at an economy of 6.2. He is also fairly decent with the bat and averages 26.
IRE Playing XI
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Benjamin White.
NED Playing XI
Stephan Myburgh, Ben Cooper , Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate (c), Scott Edwards (wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Philippe Boissevain
It is a belter of a track in Abu Dhabi as seen in the IPL. However, the boundaries are on the bigger side. There will be little assistance for bowlers and they will have to employ all their variations to succeed. A high-scoring encounter seems to be in the offing. The side winning the toss might elect to chase.
If IRE bats first: 160-170
If NED bats first: 150-160
Abu Dhabi will have clear skies and a bright sunny day ahead. The temperatures in the morning hours are in the late twenties. It will gradually heat up and the maximum temperature during the day by 02:00 PM local time is expected to be 35 deg C. That is the time the first match will start. As the match progresses, it will gradually reduce to 33 deg C towards the end. The winds will be light and the relative humidity percentage is expected to be in the fifties. The playing conditions will be a bit tough as it will feel like 40 deg C.
WICKET-KEEPERS: S Edwards
BATSMEN: K O’Brien, P Stirling, S Myburgh, B de Leede
ALL-ROUNDERS: R van der Merwe, G Dockrell
BOWLERS: T van der Gugten, L van Beek, M Adair, J Little
Captain choices: P Stirling/ S Myburgh
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