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ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Match 3 : Ireland vs Netherlands; Fantasy Team Guide, Preview, Pitch Report and more

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All that you need to know about the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Match 3 between Ireland vs Netherlands to predict your Fantasy XI:

The 3rd Match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is going to be a match up between two long-time rivals Ireland and Netherlands. This is going to be 1st game of Group A. Group A consists of Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Ireland and Namibia. The top two teams from this group will join the top 8 teams in the Super 12. Both the teams will be looking to start their campaign on a high with a victory tomorrow. Whoever wins here will have an upper hand in the group and will move one step closer to the next round.

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Ireland had been one of the leading nations among the associates for quite a long time now. However, the T20 format remains their weakest link. They even lost to UAE, Canada and Netherlands in the qualifiers. Paul Stirling remains their main batting force and he would love to continue his impressive run. With the ball in hand, the rising star Josh Little will have a massive part to play if Ireland looks to advance in the World Cup.

Netherlands were the champions of the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifiers. They looks the favorites to qualify from the Group A on paper. However their lack of preparation might be a cause of concern for them. Timm van der Gugten will play a crucial role in the Dutch seam attack. Along with him, the form of batter Stephan Myburg will be vital towards determing the fate of Netherlands in the tournament.

Match Date, Venue, Timings & Where to watch:

Date: October 18, 2021
Timing: 3.30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Where to Watch: Star Sports Network

Pitch Report:

The pitch is going to be good for batting. With big boundaries on either side, it would assist the bowlers too. Anything around 160 is going to be a good total.

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Top Picks for the Fantasy XI between Ireland vs Netherlands :

  1. Paul Stirling has scored 2495 runs for Ireland in T20I and has a strike rate of well above 135.
  2. Ben Cooper has scored 1230 runs in this format for the Netherlands at an average of almost 30.
  3. George Dockrell has taken 76 wickets in T20Is and has also scored 363 runs.
  4. Roelof Van Der Merwe has piled up 454 runs in T20Is at an average of 26.69 and has also taken 54 wickets.
  5. Mark Adair has scalped 45 wickets after featuring in 26 T20I matches for Ireland.
  6. Timm Van Der Gugten has picked up 40 wickets in T20Is.
  7. Scott Edwards has scored 402 runs in T20Is at an average of over 20.

Predicted XI:

Ireland –

Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Andy McBrine

Ireland players practicing ahead of the game
Ireland players practicing ahead of the game

Netherlands –

Scott Edwards, Ben Cooper, Max O’Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Pieter Seelar, Colin Ackerman, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Paul Van Meekeren, Timm Van Der Gugten, Logan Van Beek

Ben Cooper looks all set for the game against Ireland
Ben Cooper looks all set for the game against Ireland | Twitter
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