UAE vs. Ireland, 2nd T20 Bash 2021: Expected Playing XI and Pitch Report

In the second game of the UAE 2021 Summer T20 Bash, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) team will clash with Ireland on Thursday. This thrilling match will be hosted in Dubai at the ICC Academy Ground. The loss incurred by the team of UAE in the first game of the competition against Namibia has made them determined to win the second match. To come out on the competition’s top list, UAE needs to be on its toes and give its best performance against Ireland. 

With the decision to bowl in the first innings, UAE didn’t get a favorable result as the Namibian team scored159 runs. The bowler, Zahoor Khan, took four wickets and starred in the bowling line-up. However, the batters didn’t get the best out of their form and managed to score only 142 runs, resulting in their defeat. Every team member has to come up with their full potential against Ireland to regain their dominance on the pitch. 

Meanwhile, Ireland will be playing their first game of this competition on Thursday. The warm-up match against Scotland devastated the Irish side, but their utmost confidence shows their hunger to start the tournament with a win. The lower-order batsmen displayed an outstanding performance to lead the Irish-side to a score of 176 runs after they chose to bat first. But the Irish bowlers failed to defend their score as the Scottish team chased down the score with 13 balls left.

UAE vs. Ireland: Expected Playing XIs

For the United Arab Emirates: 

After the crushing defeat in the first game of the competition, the host team needs to make a comeback. Zahoor Khan delivered a great bowling performance, but the others need to perform as well. The batters were good overall, but they need to be more consistent on the pitch. You can expect them to come up with the same playing XI that played against Namibia. 

Predicted Playing XI: Rohan Mustafa, Waseem Muhammad, Ahmed Raza (C), Chirag Suri, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Muhammad Usman, Basil Hameed, Zahoor Khan, Kashif Daud, and Sultan Ahmed.

For Ireland: 

After their defeat against the Scottish side in the warm-up match, Ireland needs a great kick-start to the tournament. The batting line-up will depend on the top-order batsman for exceptional performance. 

Predicted Playing XI: Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Mark Adair, Graham Kennedy, Andy Balbirnie (C), Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock (wk), Josh Little, and Andy McBrine.

UAE vs. Ireland: 2nd Day T20 Bash 2021 – Pitch Report

The experts stated the pitch of the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai to be a two-paced wicket. The spinners will enjoy an undue advantage with the odd ball turning on this surface. 

UAE vs. Ireland: 2nd Day T20 Bash 2021 – Weather Report

The minimum temperature in Dubai will be 27 degrees Celsius, and the maximum temperature will be 37 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

Reference Link Used: 

  1. https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/uae-summer-t20-bash-2021-match-2-united-arab-emirates-vs-ireland-preview-predicted-xis-pitch-report-weather-forecast-match-prediction-live-streaming-details
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