About the Match
Ireland has been knocked out of the competition and will play their last game against Netherlands, who will also bid goodbye and head back home, on 13th March at Dharamsala. Both teams were ousted after their last game was washed away by rain at the same venue; they will now try to bow out with a face-saving win here. While Ireland lost its opening game against Oman, Netherlands suffered defeat against Bangladesh earlier; both sides will fight hard to redeem themselves but the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders will emerge victorious on Sunday.
Their game against Oman was abandoned due to rain and they will now play for redemption on Sunday; chasing 154 against Bangladesh, the batting line-up did well to keep the scoreboard ticking but the lower order found it difficult to cross the finish line. Earlier, the bowlers did tremendously well to restrict the hard-hitting Bangladeshi batsmen to 153 runs; Timm van der Gugten was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21 in his 4-over spell.
Meekeren, Merwe and Borren also picked up wickets and bring variety to the attack while Mudassar Bukhari can stifle the opponents too. Stephan Myburgh is in good form while Ben and Tom Cooper along with players like Borren and Pieter Seelar can stabilize the middle order.
If the top-order can click well and set the foundation whether batting first or during chase, then they can definitely fight back stronger here. Overall, they have good resources to win the match but they must rise above their weaknesses in order to put up a stiff challenge to Ireland on Sunday.
With their must-win game against Bangladesh reduced to 12 overs, Ireland chose to field first; Dockrell and McBrine achieved success with a wicket each but rain yet again played spoilsport to knock them out of the World T20. In their opening match against Oman, the bowlers were unable to defend a total of 154 despite a terrific performance by McBrine, Kevin O’ Brien and Sorensen who took 2 wickets each.
The batsmen put up good partnerships but could have done better in getting the big runs; Gary Wilson scored a well-made 38 off 34 while Stirling and Porterfield scored 29 runs each but they got to only 154 runs in the end. One poor performance and sheer bad luck has ousted Ireland from this edition of the World T20 but they would like to go out on a winning note.
The bowling squad consists of players like Boyd Rankin, Craig Young, Andy McBrine and Tim Murtagh but they will need to strategize well here against Netherlands. The batting line-up is strong with experienced players like Porterfield, Stirling, the O’ Brien brothers and Gary Wilson but they will have to come out all guns blazing in order to outwit the opposition.
Both teams will try to win this last contest before going back home and it could well be a close fight; while Ireland has better experienced players, they will not take Netherlands lightly here. The match could go either way like in any T20 match, but we feel Ireland with an all-round effort from bowlers and batsmen looks better placed to emerge victorious.