IRE vs PNG Dream11 Prediction: The first warm-up match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is scheduled to be contested between Ireland and the Papua New Guinea side at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 12 October (Tuesday). This will be the opening warm-up games for both these teams and an important chance to prepare themselves and pick out the best possible permutations and combination before the Round 1 of the mega event.
Both these sides are coming into this game after witnessing quite similar fortunes unfold in their respective previous matches. The Ireland team registered a superb win against the United Arab Emirates in the recently concluded UAE Summer T20 Bash but they also ended up losing their next two matches in the same tournament. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea lost all of their three matches in the UAE Summer T20 Bash.
This will be a great opportunity for both these teams to prepare well for the T20 World Cup. Ireland are placed at the 12th position in the ICC T20I Rankings with 190 rating and 4930 points. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea occupies the 15th spot in the ICC Rankings with a total of 2501 points. Both these teams will also play the Round 1 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Fixture Name: Match 1, Ireland vs Papua New Guinea
Competition: World T20 Warm-up Matches
Date: 12 October
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Ground: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch Report: The surface and the conditions at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium are once again expected to be dry and slow. The spinners have extracted great amount of turn from this track and it will behave similarly in this match as well. There will be some amount of dew in the second innings. However, bowling first will be a safe option after winning the toss. The par score will once again remain around the 150-160 mark.
It will be a great move to pick a mixed combination of Ireland and Papua New Guinea players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. Since it is the opening stage of the tournament, it will be a good decision to include more of batters and all-rounders to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Tony Ura and Assad Vala remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Kiplin Doriga
BATTERS: Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Tony Ura
ALL-ROUNDERS: Assad Vala, Charles Amini, Curtis Campher
BOWLERS: Chad Soper, Joshua Little, Mark Adair, Nosaina Pokana
Ireland will start as the favourites to win this match against Papua New Guinea. They are quite an experienced unit both with the bat and ball. Ireland has also defeated Papua New Guinea in the earlier meeting between these two teams. On the other hand, Papua New Guinea also have the ability to surprise their opponents in this exciting contest.
For Ireland, it will be really important to perform well both in the batting as well as bowling departments before the start of the Round 1 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The likes of Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Curtis Campher will be their important clogs in the batting department. On the other hand, the trio of Joshua Little, Mark Adair and Andy McBrine will form part of the bowling attack.
For the Ireland side, Paul Stirling is quite an experienced performer who has played well with the bat over the years in the limited-overs format. He has notched up three 40-plus scores in his last five outings. Paul Stirling has amassed more than 6000 runs in the shortest format of the game at an impressive strike-rate of 142.15. He can also deliver well with the ball picking 74 wickets at an economy of less than 8.
The Ireland side depends a lot on Curtis Campher to deliver some crucial runs lower down the order and then to contribute with the ball as well. He has performed impressively well in his short T20 career. Curtis has scored a total of 176 runs while playing in just 12 T20 matches at a phenomenal strike-rate of more than 150. He has also taken as many as 8 wickets in T20 cricket.
IRE Playing 11 (likely)
The Papua New Guinea team will be hoping to gain some important confidence both with the bat and ball before the start of the mega T20 tournament. The trio of Tony Ura, Assad Vala and Charles Amini will have to take the responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, Nosaina Pokana, Chad Soper and Damien Ravu will form part of the bowling attack and they will be looking to pick wickets on regular basis.
For the Papua New Guinea team, Assad Vala has been really effective both with the bat and ball in the Twenty20 format. He has performed well in pressure situations having scored a total of 800 runs while playing in as many as 47 T20 matches. Assad Vala has notched up four half-centuries in his T20 career. He has also taken 26 wickets at a brilliant economy of 6.60.
Papua New Guinea bank upon Tony Ura to come good at the top in the batting department especially in T20 cricket. He smashed an excellent innings of 69 runs off 43 balls in the last T20I against Namibia. Tony has scored more than 1300 runs in his T20 career comprising of a total of 46 matches at a strike-rate of 134.69. He has also smashed as many as 7 half-centuries and 2 hundreds in the shorter format.
PNG Playing 11 (likely)
Watch Ireland vs Papua New Guinea World T20 Warm-up match Live score and streaming on the Star Sports Network and HotStar app. All the players stats and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available on the Hotstar app. There will a great experience of entertainment as both these international teams, Ireland and Papua New Guinea have some exciting players in their respective line-ups who will been keen to do well these warm-up matches before the start of the mega event.
The Ireland vs Papua New Guinea World T20 Warm-up match will be broadcasted live on the Star Sports 3 channel from 3:30 PM IST. The Star Sports Network are the official television rights holder for this year’s ICC T20 World Cup. The viewers will get to listen to expert comments and detailed pitch report alongwith live ball-to-ball commentary on the Star Sports Network and the Hotstar app.
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