ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Expected Playing XI and Pitch Report Ahead of Ireland vs. Netherlands ‘Group A’ Clash

Battle in Abu Dhabi between the Dutch and Irish Team:

Over the years, Ireland and the Netherlands have been actively participating in ICC tournaments. Both the teams have had records of beating top teams of the cricketing world in the past. The T20 World Cup in Oman and the UAE is a strong opportunity for lesser-known teams to make a mark on the global stage and show their capability.

Ireland takes on the Netherlands on October 18th in Abu Dhabi, and it would be a fascinating contest, as both teams have shown good form and displayed some good performance recently.

As the match will be played in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, you can expect a fierce battle in the day match between the two.

Expected Playing XI for Ireland:

Ireland has proven in the past that they aren’t just a one-time wonder. Beating England and West Indies in ICC tournaments, they are known as the giant killers. The side is captained by the experienced Andrew Balbirnie, and George Dockrell and Kevin O’Brien have been the match winners for the Irish. 

Before the final announcement of the 15 member squad, an 18 member squad was selected, but they had to leave out three of them due to the rules. 

Ireland seems like a team that can go all the way to qualify for the Super 12, and maybe further.
Talking about the squad for the T20 World Cup, there’s not much of a surprise as it is filled with players who have been playing for a while.

Let’s get to know the expected Irish XI for the clash against the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup.

Andrew Balbirnie Captain/Batsman
Kevin O’Brien  All-rounder
George Dockrell Bowler
Paul Stirling  Opening Batsman
Simi Singh All-rounder
Craig Young Bowler
Barry McCarthy Bowler
Harry Tector Batsman
Gareth Delany All-rounder
Curtis Campher All-rounder
Lorcan Tucker Wicket Keeper


Expected Playing XI for the Netherlands:

The Netherlands has a similar history of doing well in big ICC tournaments like Ireland. They have a lot of fire-power in the batting department with the likes of Ryan Ten Doeschate, Van Der Merwe, Ben Cooper, and so on. The side is captained by all-rounder, Pieter Seelaar, and it looks like a promising side with a mix of experience and youth comprising the 15 member team.

Ireland does hold an edge over the Netherlands when they clash against each other in Abu Dhabi, but the Dutch team on their day can beat any side in the T20 World Cup. Let’s look at the Netherlands probable XI that might take the field for the match against Ireland.

Pieter Seelaar Captain/All-rounder
Colin Ackermann All-rounder
Scott Edwards Wicket Keeper
Ben Cooper Batsman
Ryan Ten Doeschate Batsman
Roelof van der Merwe Bowling All-rounder
Paul van Meekeren Bowler
Brandon Glover Bowler
Timm van der Gugten Bowler
Fred Klaassen Bowler
Stephan Myburgh Batsman


Pitch Report:

The game between Ireland and the Netherlands would be taking place at 2 pm local time (3:30 IST). As seen in the IPL, the pitch offers comfortable stroke-making for the batsman, and there is also bounce in the wicket. Since it is a day game, there’s no chance of dew affecting the results.
Additionally, it will be comfortable for the team chasing, as the wicket gets better by the evening at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.


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