About the Match
Ireland will battle it out with Oman in the first round of the qualifiers on 9th March at Dharamsala to kick-start their World T20 campaign on a winning note; the two teams are geared up to bring out all the ammunition they have to try and emerge victorious. They will need to be positive minded and although the ground conditions are new to them, we will definitely see a lot of fireworks across the park in their bid to grab top Group A. The team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders and dominate on the field will be better placed to win the match on Wednesday.
Their preparation for this tournament has been good but they will need to bring out all the firepower they have got to make it through to the next stage; they will not take Oman lightly and with William Porterfield’s guidance, Ireland can prove to be a tough nut to crack. The batting line-up consists of Paul Stirling, Stuart Poynter, Niall O’Brien, Kevin O’Brien and other all-rounders with the captain trying to lead from the front as the opening batsman.
The pace attack will be spearheaded by Boyd Rankin, who has been consistent with his wicket-taking abilities and along with players like Max Sorensen, Tim Murtagh, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young, they will try to get the better of the Oman batsmen here. The spinners include Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Paul Stirling and Andy McBrine among other part-timers; they will use the resources well to try and execute the strategy to perfection on Wednesday.
Recently, Ireland lost the match against UAE in February, which definitely would have given them some tough lessons to improve their performance; they should focus on building good partnerships and keep the scoreboard ticking in order to have the upper hand in the upcoming match.
They do lack the experience of playing at the World stage but they have a well-balanced team that can try to put up a strong fight here against Ireland. Sultan Ahmed will lead the side and has years of experience; but he will need to step up to the responsibilities and set solid foundations. The batting line-up has players like Zeeshan Maqsood, Jatinder Singh and Adnan Ilyas in the top-order while middle-order batsmen like Aamir Kaleem and Sultan Ahmed will focus on rotating strikes and keeping the scoreboard ticking.
Bowlers Bilal Khan, Sufyan Mehmood, Munis Ansari and Mehran Khan bring variety to the pace attack; all-rounder Aamir Kaleem has been in very good form in recent outings at the Asia Cup qualifiers and brings a definite edge to the squad. Spinners like Amir Ali, Khawar Ali, Ajay Lalcheta and Zeeshan Siddiqui can pull out some tricks from the bag to outwit the Irish batsmen here.
Overall, they have a good mix of talent and determination to do well but they will need to strategize well against a much more experienced team like Ireland here.
Both teams have good resources who can peak at the right moment to turn the game in their team’s favor; however, we feel that Ireland with its pack of all-rounders will emerge victorious here