Match – Ireland vs Netherlands – Match 3
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 03:30 PM IST, 10:00 AM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network
The pitch in Abu Dhabi hasn’t produced a lot of high-scoring games, at least in international cricket. But over the years, the track has helped the chasing teams to a large extent. Batting second should be the way forward.
Average First Innings score: 142 (48 T20Is in Abu Dhabi)
Record of Chasing teams: Won – 25, Lost – 23, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Craig Young/Joshua Little, Benjamin White/Andrew McBrine
Bench: Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young/Joshua Little, Benjamin White/Andrew McBrine
Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Pieter Seelaar (C), Ben Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Roel of van der Merwe, Fred Klaassen/Colin Ackermann, Scott Edwards, Tim van der Gugten, Paul van Meekeren, Phillippe Boissevain
Bench: Fred Klaassen/Colin Ackermann, Logan van Beek, Brandon Glover, Bas de Leede
Matches- 12, Ireland – 4, Netherlands – 7, N/R- 0
In the UAE
Matches – 3, Ireland – 2, Netherlands – 1, N/R- 0
Probable best batter of the match
Paul Stirling (Ireland)
Paul Stirling has been stupendous for Ireland over the years. His recent form in the shortest format is also worth envying. He had an incredible run in the T20I series against Zimbabwe where he even scored a century. If he gets going in the first six overs, the Netherlands bowlers may end up chasing leather on Monday’s encounter.
Probable best bowler of the match
Mark Adair (Ireland)
Mark Adair has been a genuine wicket-taker for Ireland in the T20I format. He is someone, who can bowl in the powerplay and at the death. The pacer manages to hit the right channels and induces false shots from the batters. Adair was also amongst the wickets when Ireland locked horns with South Africa. He is expected to play a key role.