The match 35 of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 between Ireland and Nigeria will be hosted by Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (11:30 AM IST) (6:00 AM GMT).
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
Ireland plays its sixth and final game of the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 league phase against table-dwellers, Nigeria in a potential mismatch at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ireland finds itself in the middle of the Group B Points Table with two losses against Canada and UAE hurting them. Nevertheless, a win in their final game would guarantee a top-three finish. Their opponents, Nigeria hasn’t threatened oppositions with no wins in four games.
Although the duo of Onwuzulike and Adedeji did put up a good fight in the previous game, their bowling unit hasn’t fired at all throughout the tournament. They face a stern test against Ireland, whose top order is arguably the best among all the teams in the competition. Ireland will back themselves to get the win and improve their NRR with the competition for the knockout places intensifying in the final two days of the league phase.
Another sunny day awaits the two sides with the temperature expected to be in higher 30s during the course of the game. The humidity of 33%, at the start of the game, is on the forecast with minimal chances of rain, according to AccuWeather.
As is the case with all other venues as well, the pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has also slowed down with the average first innings score being 139. While the pacers will get some swing upfront, spinners hold the key in the middle overs. Teams have preferred to bat first in the morning games and should be no different for this game as well.
Average first innings score: 139 (Nine ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 games)
Record of chasing team: Won – 5, Lost – 4
Injury and Availability News:
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Probable Playing XIs for Dream11 Fantasy
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Gareth Delany, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (C & WK), Mark Adair, Craig Young, George Dockrell, David Delany, Boyd Rankin
Bench: Stuart Thompson, Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker
Daniel Ajekun, Sulaimon Runsewe, Leke Oyede, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Joseph Adedeji, Ademola Onikoyi (C & WK), Daniel Gim, Sylvester Okpe, Vincent Adewoye, Chima Akachukwu, Abiodun Abioye
Bench: Isaac Okpe, Mohammed Taiwo, Codi Yusuf, Segun Ogundipe
Kevin O’Brien has scored the most T20I runs (647) in 2019 at an average of 34.05. In spite of his glowing record at the top of the Irish batting unit, he is due for a big score in this tournament. On the contrary, his opening partner, Paul Stirling’s tally of 168 runs in four games ranks in the top ten for most runs in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.
Daniel Ajekun has impressed in bits and pieces with the Nigerian opener also capable of picking wickets with the new ball. His all-round skill is one to watch out from the Nigerian roster. These players should be picked in your Dream11 Fantasy team.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Mark Adair
Vice-Captain – Andy Balbirnie, Daniel Ajekun, Gareth Delany
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:
Keeper – Sulaimon Runsewe
Batsmen – Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien (VC), Andy Balbirnie, Daniel Ajekun
All-Rounders – Leke Oyede, Gareth Delany, Isaac Okpe
Bowlers – Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin, David Delany
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues for Dream11 Fantasy:
Keeper – Ademola Onikoyi
Batsmen – Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien (C), Joseph Adedeji
All-Rounders – Leke Oyede, Gareth Delany (VC)
Bowlers – Mark Adair, Sylvester Okpe, Boyd Rankin, Craig Young
Considering Nigeria’s bowling attack, the top-order trio of Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie should do the bulk of the scoring.
If Nigeria is to bat first, four Irish bowling options is a viable ploy with none of the Irish bowlers rated at more than 8.5 credits in Dream11 Fantasy.
Ireland is expected to win the encounter.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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