Ireland will be taking on UAE in their second match of the Group Stage of ICC World T20 2014. Ireland won their first match in the tournament while UAE lost to Netherlands in their first match and now it’s going to be a matchup between these two sides in Sylhet and it’s expected to start in a couple of hours’ time.
Ireland looked quite commanding in their first match against Zimbabwe where they chased down a big total of 163 runs successfully. Though the match had a bit dramatic end, but at one stage Ireland was cruising with no wicket down for 80 runs. Now against UAE, Ireland will again be looking towards their batsmen to come up with something really substantial.
Porterfield and Stirling will have to show some skills at the top once again and they can be crucial for the Ireland’s cause. Ed Joyce, Andrew Poynter, Gary Wilson and Kevin O’Brien will be the key batsmen for them today. Nial O’Brien may also get an outing today. Dockrell and McBrine picked up 2 wickets each in the first match and will particularly McBrine can come in handy for Ireland with the ball today. Sorensen and Cusack will have a job to do as well.
UAE will be looking to get their first points today by defeating Ireland. Though it’s a tough job to do but they don’t have any other option left for them. Though they batted well against Netherlands and scored 151 runs but they will certainly have to come up with an even bigger effort as Ireland are a better batting unit than Netherlands.
Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar and Rohan Mustafa contributed reasonably in the middle but today they would like their openers to give them a solid start as well. The bowlers will also be required to put up a better performance. Only Kamran Shazad and Shadeep Silva were amongst wickets against Netherlands and they would certainly be looking forward to Guruge and Amjad Javed to provide them with early wickets in today’s match.