Date & Time: Friday, October 18, 15:40 IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ireland face tricky Hong Kong
In the second match of the T20 World Cup Qualifiers, Ireland takes on Hong Kong in Abu Dhabi. Ireland is the only test playing nation in the Qualifiers that has come into the tournament on the back of a decent form in the format, and they are one of the favorites to win the tournament. On the other hand, Hong Kong came into the scene 3 years ago, has shown promise across formats and is in the lead up to the Qualifiers. They have won both the warm-ups games quite easily. It will be interesting to see whether they can beat established Ireland at the big stage.
Ireland Possible XI: K O’Brien, P Stiling, A Balbirnie, G Delany, H Tector, G Wilson, M Adair, S Thompson, D Delany, C Young, G Dockrell.
Hong Kong Possible XI: N Khan, Abbasi, K Shah, A Khan ©, S Singh, W Barkat, McKechnie, E Khan, K Christie, N Rana, M Ghazanfar.
The surface at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is known for its two-paced nature where batting won’t be easy. Slower bowlers and Pacers with variations are likely to get more assistance from the surface.
He has been in decent form of late where he was amongst the runs for Middlesex in the recent Vitality Blast. He has a PPM of 45 and an MDTA of 1.48 in T20I which proves his consistency at this level. His off-breaks which are used moderately at home will be pivotal in Abu Dhabi.
Hong Kong’s all-rounder is one of the most consistent players of the side in recent times. He has a PPM of 43 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 matches.
Kevin O Brien
The veteran of Ireland is the most sought after player in the Dream11 cricket team. He is known for coming up with match-defining knocks from nowhere. He has a PPM of almost 50 in the format and it goes up to 79 in the last 5 matches.
Ireland’s all-rounder may not be an established name yet in the side, but he has shown promise in the few matches he played in the format. Apart from a lone match, he hasn’t gone wicketless in his short career. He has a PPM of 60 and an MDTA of 1.29 in T20Is.
The slow left-arm spinner is going to be the key to Ireland’s dominance in the competition as spin is likely to play a huge role in these conditions. He can also be the handy lower-order batsman. He has a PPM of 45 and an MDTA of 1.8 in T20Is.
The right-arm off-spinner has an impressive track record in the format where he has a PPM of 57 and an MDTA of 1.14. If he can live up to his record in the competition, Hong Kong will certainly pose a few stiff competition against sides like Ireland.