About the Match
Ireland handed out a shocking defeat to West Indies in its opening match and has earned 2 points to be at 3rd position on the table; they will go up against UAE, which is yet to open its kitty, on 25th Feb at the Gabba Stadium, Brisbane. UAE lost their first match against Zimbabwe and currently occupy the sixth place; they will do their best to win and grab two points here. Ireland exhibited immense skill and determination to succeed and they will try to repeat their performance on Wednesday; the contest will surely be an entertainer and the team that can execute the plan to perfection will emerge victorious.
They beat West Indies by 4 wickets as the batsmen successfully chased down the target of 305 runs to herald a brilliant start to their campaign. Paul Stirling showed immense confidence and skills as he blasted an unbeaten 92 off 115 while Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien and William Porterfield contributed 84, 79 and 23 runs respectively to keep the scoreboard ticking. On the bowling front, George Dockrell was the top wicket taker with 3-50 while John Mooney, Max Sorensen and Andy McBrine supported him well. Ireland team is capable of beating the top sides, as it did at the World Cup 2007 against Pakistan and famously against England in 2011. The team has very talented players like Porterfield, Niall O’Brien, Ed Joyce, John Mooney and Alex Cusack, who have played in previous editions of the world up and have the experience of what it takes to succeed in cricket’s flagship event. On the other hand, there are many youngsters like spinner George Dockrell, the young batsman Andrew Balbirnie, the impressive Stuart Thompson and paceman Craig Young, who picked up 5-46 on his ODI debut. If they can continue to play to their strengths and cope under pressure, this is surely the team to look out for.
UAE lost their last match against Zimbabwe by 4 wickets with 12 balls to spare after setting a target of 285. The batsmen constructed the first innings very well with Shaiman Anwar scoring his highest ODI score as he posted 67 off 50 and was ably supported in an 82-run partnership by wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil, who scored 32 off 38 while Khurram Khan scored 45 and Krishna Chandran scored 34. The bowlers restricted the run-flow but couldn’t provide early wickets; skipper Tauqir led with figures of 2-51 in 9 overs and the others supported well but couldn’t break partnerships at the right time. UAE has the ability to bounce back against Ireland in the upcoming match with talented players like Khurram Khan, Shaiman Anwar, Amjad Ali, Krishna Chandran and others who are capable of turning the game towards them in any situation. Bowlers like Mohammad Naveed, Amjad Javed, Nasir Aziz, Mohammad Taqir and Krishna Chandran need to provide quick wickets and the batsmen must support each other to get to a good total in the upcoming match if they want to reverse their fortunes here.
Ireland is a better team considering their performance and determination to succeed however UAE will definitely put extra efforts to win this match and stay in the running. Though the contest will be well-fought by both sides and the match will surely go down to the wire, Ireland is likely to emerge as the winner in the forthcoming game.
Ireland, 1.16 @ Bet365