After an intriguing start to the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 qualifiers, Ireland will lock horns against the Netherlands at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both teams will look to make a winning start as take a step closer to book a place in the Super 12 of the competition.
The Netherlands have some quality players on paper and would look to kickstart their campaign on a winning note. In their last meeting with Ireland, Netherlands walked off with a 21-run triumph.
On the other hand, Ireland have a couple of star players in their ranks who can change the complexion of the game at any given time. Ireland will rely heavily on Paul Stirling and veteran all-rounder Kevin O’ Brien to lead the side from the front.
We’re in Abu Dhabi today for our first match in the Men’s @T20WorldCup.
All you need to know, including start times, where you can watch the match in Ireland/UK and much more here:
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) October 18, 2021
Ireland vs Netherlands, Group A, Match 3
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: 18th October 2021, 3:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
The wicket in Abu Dhabi looks to be a good one for batting and anything over 150 is a good score on this wicket.
Ireland vs Netherlands – Predicted Playing XI
Ireland: Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Andy McBrine
Our men are not alone in singing the national anthem during the @T20WorldCup. They will be assisted by young Dutch cricketers on video screens in the stadium.
Of course, it took some practice…
Netherlands (@KNCBcricket) October 17, 2021
Netherlands: Scott Edwards, Ben Cooper, Max O’Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Pieter Seelar, Colin Ackerman, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Paul Van Meekeren, Timm Van Der Gugten, Logan Van Beek
Ireland vs Netherlands – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Lorcan Tucker, Kevin O’Brien, Ben Cooper, Paul Stirling, Max O’Dowd, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Colin Ackerman (VC), Simi Singh (C), Timm Van Der Gugten, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair
Fantasy Team 2: Scott Edwards, Paul Stirling (C), Ben Cooper, Andy Balbirnie, Roelof Van Der Merwe (VC), George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Craig Young, Logan Van Beek, Mark Adair
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