Ireland’s quest for a series leveling win in the 2nd ODI
Ireland to win
United Arab Emirates made a strong statement in the 1st ODI of the four-match series against Ireland winning it by 6 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Few would have predicted the home side to give such a tough time to the visitors after having started poorly in the chase. But they held on to their nerves in the most crucial phase of the game to win it. Going into the next game the hosts would be looking to retain their momentum.
This was the first win for UAE in an ODI game against Ireland and this just goes to show the kind of domination Ireland have had over their opponents. Ireland allowed the game to slip away from their hands in the middle overs and they would go back to the drawing board to fix their game plan. It will be interesting to see if UAE is able to carry this momentum into the next game as Ireland would come hard at them.
Ahmed Reza couldn’t have asked for a better start to the series from his side. They looked down and out early on in their innings but held on to their nerves to register their first ever win against Ireland in this format of the game. Having taken the early lead Reza would now have his eyes on winning this one which would help them take an unassailable lead in the four-match series.
Vriitya Aravind and Zawar Farid went out cheaply in the last game and the side would need them to fire. Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Muhammad Usman stitched together a match winning stand with both the players scoring their hundreds. This would make them confident here. Alishan Sharafu, Waheed Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa and Ahmed Reza have good abilities with the bat and add depth to this batting line-up.
Zahoor Khan and Kashif Daud impressed with the new ball in the last game keeping the line tight and this is something they would look to repeat here. Reza and Rohan Mustafa were brilliant in the middle overs tying the Irish batsmen down on the crease. They would look to carry on with the same momentum. Palaniapan Meiyappan and Waheed Ahmed add good balance to this attack.
Ahmed Raza (c), Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Usman, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Waheed Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Zawar Farid, Palaniapan Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Kashif Daud
Andrew Balbirnie would be disappointed to have lost the 1st game of the series. The side was perhaps complacent and waited for UAE batsmen to make mistakes rather than bowling aggressively in the game. Having learnt the lessons the hard way Balbirnie would be hoping to bounce back in this game. He would like to see improved efforts from his bowlers in this game.
The opening pair of Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien did well in the last game and the side would be expecting similar efforts from them here. Balbirnie too looked good but Harry Tector and Lorcan Tucker went out cheaply hurting the sides cause. They would have to return to form in this game. Gareth Delany and Curtis Campher played well down the order but they would have to focus on improving their scoring rate.
Craig Young and Barry McCarthy will have to strike early as UAE’s openers have shown their weakness. Curtis Campher was brilliant with the ball in the last game and the side would be expecting similar efforts from him here. They have good depth in the bowling with Andy McBrine, Mark Adir and Delany in the side.
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young
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The weather would be nice and clear at Abu Dhabi on January 10. The pitch was on the slower side in the last game and we expect to see a similar track in this game as well. Batsmen would have to focus on accumulating runs and not rush for their strokes. Any score in excess of 280 runs would be a good one for the side batting first in this game.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi has a large outfield and batsmen have to focus on running between the wickets as scoring boundaries isn’t easy here. The track is a good one to bat on and there isn’t much in there for the fast bowlers. As the game progresses spinners tend to do well here as the ball start to turn and bounce.
The track here has always been a good one to bat on and huge scores have been put up here in the past. The ball starts to turn and grip as the game progresses making batting difficult in the second innings. The side that wins the toss here should have little hesitation in opting to bat first.
United Arab Emirates have done well to take an early lead in the series but the side still has a long way to go as far as getting under the skin of the Irish side is concerned. Their openers aren’t in good form and the bowling attack is also inexperienced. Ireland would look to avoid the mistakes of the last game where they were complacent in the middle overs. With a more experienced bunch of players in the team they would start favorites in this game.
Ireland to win