Papua New Guinea vs Ireland, 5th Match, Group A
The ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 got off to a resounding start with Scotland pulling off a sensational heist against pre-tournament favorites Afghanistan. The tournament that has four Full-Member teams competing for the two coveted spots in next year's World Cup in England is expected to get heated up in the coming week.
March 6, 2018, has four mouth-watering fixtures, one of them being a face-off between Ireland and PNG. Here's a complete analysis of When and Where to watch the fixtures.
An all-around effort with the bat led by Andrew Balbirnie (68) and with the bowl led by the duo of Tim Murtagh (3-28) and Boyd Rankin (2-19) powered the Irish to a commanding win over the Netherlands and they would be looking to emulate the feat when they take on a beleaguered Papua New Guinea who would be looking to get their fledgling World Cup campaign back on track after suffering a massive defeat against the UAE by 56 runs.
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Players to Watch out for:
Ireland: While Ireland would be hoping for their openers in William Porterfield and Paul Stirling to give them another good start at the start, they'd be vying for their middle order in Andy Balbirine and Nial O Brien, who made 68 and 49 respectively, to emulate the same against PNG. In the bowling department, the trio of Rankin, Murtagh, and McCarthy who took seven wickets between them will hold the key to make early inroads in the opposition's top order.
Ireland Squad: William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O Brien, Niall O Brian, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson
Papua New Guinea: After a thumping defeat in their opening game against the UAE, the PNG would be looking to make amends for the blip in an attempt to resurrect their campaign. To do that they would require their top-order to step up and provide support to Charles Amini who was the lone shining light in their batting order against the UAE. While their batting struggled, the bowling unit led by Norman Vanua (4-39) and Alei Nao (2-42) impressed with their guile and discipline and the team would be hoping that the duo replicate their form against the Irish.
Papua New Guinea Squad: Assad Vala (C), Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga, Tony Ura, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, Lega Siaka, Chad Sope, Jack Vare, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, John Reva, Norman Vanua
Here's a complete guide to When and Where the PNG vs Ireland match be viewed:
The encounter between PNG and Ireland will be played at the Harare Sports Club in Harare.
The live telecast of the match can be streamed at Star Sports Select 2/HD
The viewers can catch the coverage of the mouth-watering clash at 12:45 PM IST.
Viewers can also stream the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2018 online at Hotstar.com