Date: October 22, 2021
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE
Time: 3:30 PM IST
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Preview: Namibia and Ireland will lock horns in Match 11 of the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the teams have one win and one loss each and will aim to register a victory here to book their passage through to the Super 12. Ireland lost against Sri Lanka by 70 runs while Namibia claimed a morale-boosting six-wicket win over Netherlands.
Head to head:
Pitch Report: This will be the first match of the T20 World Cup 2021 to be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The pitch will favour the batters slightly as the ground has short boundaries. However, as it was seen during the IPL, the batters can also struggle on this surface. Spinners and pacers both are expected to get some assistance from the pitch.
Ireland- Ireland will be keen to bounce back against Namibia after their disappointing performance against Sri Lanka. Ireland will hope for an improved showing from their batters, who are certainly capable of better performances. The likes of Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien and Gareth Delany are all good batsmen but they haven’t really been able to fire on all cylinders. Wanindu Hasaranga took the game away from Ireland on Wednesday with his terrific all-round show. Ireland all-rounder Simi Singh has not lived up to the expectations and will be eager to put on a better display of spin bowling.
Namibia- Namibia will be high on confidence after their stupendous six-wicket victory over Netherlands. All-rounder David Wiese played brilliantly as he smashed a 40-ball 66 to lead his side over the finish line. Namibia’s hopes for this match will rest on David Wiese, JJ Smit and Craig Williams, who are all capable of delivering big performances.
Ireland- Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young
Namibia- Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams, Picky Ya France
Conclusion: Sri Lanka have already qualified for Super 12 stage after registering a convincing 70-run win over Ireland on Wednesday. A win for either Namibia or Ireland on Friday will guarantee a Super 12 slot. As a result, both teams will give it their all in the match. Ireland have the higher experience and also possess better skill-sets among the two teams. This game is expected to be a hard-fought contest but Ireland are expected to win it in the end. However, they will have to be at their best as Namibians will be no pushovers.
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