Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction ICC Men's T20 WC Qualifier 2019 3rd place Play off - Ireland v Namibia
The 3rd place play off of the ICC Men's T20 WC Qualifier 2019 will be played between Ireland and Namibia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
Ireland had ended at the top of the group B points table of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup qualifier 2019 to seal a spot directly in semi-final 1 apart from qualification to the 2020 T20 World Cup.
Ireland looked well on top to begin with in the semi-final against Netherlands as they snaffled two crucial wickets in the powerplay. But, they conceded the advantage towards the end. Craig Young picked up two wickets for the side but was very expensive. Boyd Rankin looked their best bowler.
Openers Paul Stirling and Kevin O'Brien then started well and it seemed as if Ireland would chase down the 159-run target comfortably. But, their middle order collapsed and the team fell short by 21 runs.
They will compete against Namibia who ended at the third place in the group A points table after the league stage. Namibia then beat Oman in play off 2 by a big margin of 54 runs to qualify for semi final 2 where they were beaten by Papua New Guinea by 18 runs.
JJ Smit was their chief wicket-taker while opener Stephan Baard and JP Kotze scored 30s. But, unfortunately for Namibia, that did not prove to be enough.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Ireland- Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson, Craig Young, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson
Namibia- Stephan Baard, Niko Davin, JP Kotze, Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus, Zane Green, JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Zhivago Groenewald, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Namibia
Who will win? – Ireland
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Paul Stirling (Ireland), JP Kotze (Namibia)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Boyd Rankin (Ireland), JJ Smit (Namibia)
Most Sixes – Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland), JJ Smit (Namibia)
Player of the Match – Paul Stirling
Team Scores Batting first – Ireland 160+, Namibia 140+
Match Handicap Ireland
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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