Game: 5th Match, Group A, Papua New Guinea vs Ireland
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Timings: 07:30 AM GMT / 09:30 AM Local
Ireland's batting was tested in their opening game against Netherlands and despite all the batsmen from top five got starts, they failed to build on it with only Andy Balbirnie crossing the half-century mark. With William Porterfield, Paul Stirling and Ed Joyce the top order looks fairly settled and they will hope for late flourish from Kevin and Niall O'Brien. Ireland will take a lot of confidence from the form exhibited by the pace bowlers with Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy and Kevin sharing nine out of the 10 wickets against Netherlands. They do have impressive Peter Chase waiting on the bench and he can be handy in these conditions. George Dockrell's form with the bat in the tournament is also a welcome sign for Ireland.
Papua New Guinea looked totally out of sorts in their opening game against United Arab Emirates where Norman Vanua was a rare positive for them. Vanua picked four wickets and also effected a couple of run out and their bowlers can take confidence from the way they restricted UAE to 221 after having them 91 for naught at one stage. Nevertheless, for them to go a distance in the tournament, it is the batting department that needs to show some resilience and they might not find it easy with the pace combination of Ireland.
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This will be the first time Ireland will be facing Papua New Guinea in an ODI.
Ireland: William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson
Papua New Guinea: Assadollah Vala (captain), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Mahuru Dai, Kiplin Doriga, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, Alei Nao, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Tony Ura, Norman Vanua, Jack Vare
Despite, Papua New Guinea's impressive comeback with the ball against United Arab Emirates, the experience of Ireland will be too much for them to handle.
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