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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 31 October 2019
Ireland finished at the top of the group B points table of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup qualifier 2019. They had four wins and two losses from their six games in the group stage with 8 points and a net run rate of +1.591. The team not only made it to the semi-final 1of the tournament but earned qualification for the ICC T20 World Cup in 2020.
Netherlands ended at the second spot in group A of the tournament with 5 wins and one loss from 6 games. They had 10 points and a net run rate of +1.776. The team won their last league match against Scotland by four wickets to make it to play off 1 where they beat UAE by a comprehensive margin of 8 wickets to advance to semi-final 1.
Paul Stirling is the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament with 237 runs from six games at an average of 47.40 and a strike rate of almost 140. He has three half-centuries to his name and has the top score of 72.
Gareth Delany and Andrew Balbirnie are the other leading batsman for Ireland. Mark Adair, as expected, is the highest wicket-taker for Ireland with 10 scalps from 6 matches at an average of under 10 and an excellent economy of 4.72.
Max ODowd is the highest run-getter for Netherlands with 119 runs from 7 games. Ben Cooper and Ryan ten Doeschate have also contributed with over 150 runs each.
Paul van Meekeren and Brandon Glover have taken 14 and 12 wickets respectively.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Ireland- Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson, Lorcan Tucker, Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, David Delany, Boyd Rankin, Stuart Thompson
Netherlands- Tobias Visee, Max ODowd, Ben Cooper , Pieter Seelaar, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards, Brandon Glover, Paul van Meekeren, Timm van der Gugten
Who will win the toss? - Ireland
Who will win? – Ireland
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Max ODowd (Netherlands), Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Paul van Meekeren (Netherlands), Mark Adair (Ireland)
Most Sixes – Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands), Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Man of the Match – Paul Stirling
Team Scores Batting first – Netherlands 155+, Ireland 160+
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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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