Date & Time: Saturday, October 19, 21:00 IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ireland seeks to take full advantage of depleted UAE
Loss was on the cards after what transpired with the suspension of star UAE players a couple of days prior to the start of the tournament. It not only opened huge gaps in the UAE side but the morale of the side also seems to have been dented, which was evident in the match against Oman. On the other side, Ireland has started off the season well with a comfortable victory against competitive Hong Kong. Now they seek to continue the same against the depleted side.
Both sides are likely to stick with the same Playing XI of respective previous matches.
The surface in Abu Dhabi is not as batsmen friendly as it is the case in Dubai. But it is not that hard for batting either, as Ireland had proved in yesterday’s match. So expect a sporting surface where spin is likely to play a big part.
He has continued his good form from England where he was amongst the runs for Middlesex. His half-century against Hong Kong helped the side to chase the target down after the fall of early wickets. He has a PPM of 50 in the last 5 matches.
He is the most consistent bowler for Ireland in recent times and in the first match, it was the usual business for him where he chipped in with a couple of wickets. He has a PPM of 67 and an MDTA of 1 in the last 5 matches.
He has become a handy player for the side batting in Top 4 and his leg spins are proving to be too good for the side. In the last 5 matches, he either picked a wicket or scored 30+ runs, which makes him a worthy pick for fantasy players.
In the absence of star players, he is a key player in the side when it comes to batting or bowling. He has a PPM of 61 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 matches.