UAE vs. Ireland, 1st T20I: Expected Playing XI, Pitch Report, and more

The UAE Summer T20 Bash 2021-2022 will kick start from October 5, 2021. UAE will host the tournament. Apart from the hosting nation, five other teams will be participating in the T201 Bash. The remaining four countries are Namibia, Ireland, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea.

Before the official start of the tournament, there will be warm-up fixtures between the teams, which the Emirates Cricket Board officially announced ahead of the summer bash.

Here is the itinerary of the matches between Ireland vs. UAE

On October 7, 2021: Ireland v UAE – 1st T20I

On October 8, 2021: Ireland v UAE – 2nd T20I

On October 10, 2021: Ireland v UAE – 3rd T20I


Match Details

ICC Academy, Dubai Series Ireland Tour of United Arab Emirates
Season 2021-2022
Match Days 7th October 2021
Match Number T20-1286


Results of the Last 5 Matches between UAE vs. Ireland

In the past 5 matches played between the teams since 2014, Ireland has the lead by 3 matches. 

Date Results
19th October 2019 UAE won by 5 wickets
18th January 2017 Ireland won by 24 runs
16th February 2016 UAE won by 5 runs
14th February 2016 Ireland won by 34 runs
19th March 2014 Ireland won by 21 runs


Predicted Squad:


Aravind V, Sharafu A, Rohan Mustaffa, Zahoor Khan, Rizwan, Basil Hammed, Ahmed Raza, Zawar Fareed, Muhammad Usman, Kashif Daud, Fahad Nawaz, Chirag Suri, Adhitya Shetty, Aryan Lakra, and Syed Haider


Andrew Balbirnie (c), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy,  Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, and Craig Young

Pitch Report

The matches will be played in the ICC Global Cricket Academy Stadium, which is one of the most unusual cricket stadiums in the world. The pitch is a bit rough and has cracks, which aid the spin bowlers. On the other hand, the small patches of green grass on the pitch can be beneficial to the fast bowlers. Furthermore, the boundary is comparatively small compared to the other international stadiums, making it easier for the batsman to get more runs. 

Out of the 31 matches that have been played in the field, the team batting first has won in 21 games, and the team batting second has won 10 times. The highest score made in this pitch was achieved by the United States of America, where they scored 245 runs. The United Arab Emirates scored the lowest total of 73 runs.  

Who will win this one, though? 

In the UAE vs. Ireland match, both the teams have some great players with new talents, and also some experienced ones. The selection of the right players is always a determining factor. From the past results, Ireland does have an edge. However, we can’t predict anything at this point. The warm-up matches between the two in the field can give the right mindset to the players and would aid them in understanding their opposition better. Technique, efficiency, choice of right players, the toss result, and attention to detail can lead the team to victory.

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