Ireland’s short tour of U.A.E., before reaches India to play long series against Afghanistan is comes to an end with the second One-Day International match on Saturday. Ireland uses this tour of U.A.E. as a well preparation ahead of Afghanistan series. After defeating the home team by 85 runs in first ODI on Thursday, Ireland heading to this game with a focus of winning the series 2-0. Same time, the home team U.A.E. are keen to win this game and level the series 1-1 at home. The second ODI between U.A.E. vs Ireland is scheduled to start at 10 AM Local | 11:30 AM IST on Saturday, 4th March, 2017.
The home team, United Arab Emirates had a good memorable moments by defeating Scotland and Hong Kong ahead of this series. But, things gone in different way for them on Thursday, as Ireland defeated U.A.E. by huge margin of 85 runs. Right-arm fast-medium bowler Zahoor Khan was a man of the moment for U.A.E. in that first ODI, as he picked up 6 for 34 in his short spell of 6.3 overs. He has played only 3 ODIs so far and picked 12 wickets already, including that 6 wickets haul on Thursday. He is a key player for U.A.E. and he would play a key role again on Saturday.
Apart from Zahoor, the experienced bowler in U.A.E. side Mohammad Naveed also bowled well in that first game. He picked 3 for 40 in his 10 overs. For a surprise Naveed opened the innings for his team on Thursday and scored 8 runs. He is expected to show an another good performances on Saturday. Former Captain Amjad Javed bowled well in his wicket-less spell and gave away only 29 runs in 8 overs. Imran Haider and Ahmed Raza gone very expensive and both bowlers bowled over 7.3 runs per over. When comes to batting, Skipper Rohan Mustafa started an innings in an high note and he scored quickly too. He scored 43 runs in 29 balls and he could play similar innings on 2nd ODI too. The most experienced player in the side Shaiman Anwar was not impressive in the first match. He scored only 15 runs, but he is a best batsman of U.A.E.. So, he could come with good knock on Saturday and remains as a key batsman of U.A.E. The middle-order was collapsed completely on other day, but those players Rameez Shehzad, Muhammad Usman and Ghulam Shabber could turn the tables on Saturday with better performances. Amjad Javed, started well as he always do in the lower down the order, but he fell for 23 off 20 balls. Undoubtedly, he is a huge asset of U.A.E. and he could deliver the goods on Saturday. Ahmed Raza, who gone very expensive with bowl, scored useful 45 runs for his team at no.8 position. He keeps his place safe after that knock of 45 runs. Overall, Mustafa, Javed, Anwar and Zahoor are a key factors for U.A.E. and if they give their 100% on the field on Satuday, U.A.E. would level the series 1-1.
Stunning century by skipper cum opening batsman William Porterfield led from the front and took his team to victory on other day. Porterfield was struggling for form almost throughout the season, then he came with 100 runs off 116 balls on Thursday and helped his side to score par score on Dubai pitch. He could offer good innings on Saturday too. His opening partner, all rounder Paul Sterling scored only 4 runs in first game. But, that innings won’t describe his talents, he could come with big knock at any match. Andrew Balbirnie who came back to International cricket after losing several months due to injuries, failed to impress and scored only 4 runs. He is not a key player of Ireland, but he could surprises all with handy knocks. Wicket-keeper batsman Niall O’Brien accompanied Porterfield well after the loss of two early wickets and he managed to score 34 useful runs for his team.
Then, the star all rounder of Ireland Kevin O’Brien came into the middle and he smashed the boundaries straightaway on other day. The firing knock of Kevin helped Ireland and scoreboard was ticking quickly. His very useful knock of 69 off 53 balls came to an end when Rameez Shahzad took a catch off Naveed’s delivery. Kevin O’Brien did not get a chance to bowl on first match, but he could give more fantasy points whenever he bowls for his team. Clearly, he is a big impact key player of Ireland. Experienced Gary Wilson also batted well and scored useful 33 runs in 34 balls for his team. As the rest of the batting order collapsed on the Zahoor’s tsunami, Ireland was bowled out for 270 runs in 50th over. While defending the target, Peter Chase who was not on Ireland’s original squad, made a surprise entry in the playing XI – he was very expensive in his seven overs spell, but picked two important wickets in that game. New ball bowler Craig Young picked a wicket for 43 runs in his 9 overs. Part-timer Stuart Thompson also gone bit expensive, but picked a wicket for his credit. The spin duo of Andy McBrine and George Dockrell were a best bowlers of Ireland in that game. Dockrell picked 3 wickets for just 27 runs in his full quota of 10 overs. Andy McBrine also bowled well and picked 2 for 35. As Dubai pitches supports spinners well, once again Dockrell and McBrine would make an impact on Saturday. Kevin, Mcbrine, Dockrell and Sterling are a key players and anything could happen when these players performs with full flow.
KEY PLAYERS :
- Shaiman Anwar
- Rohan Mustafa
- Zahoor Khan
- Amjad Javed
- Muhammad Usman
- Adnan Mufti
- Mohammad Naveed
- Paul Sterling
- Kevin O’Brien
- William Porterfield
- Niall O’Brien
- Gary Wilson
- Andy McBrine
- George Dockrell
- Barry McCarthy
- Craig Young
POSSIBLE LINEUPS :
Some changes are possible in UAE XI after that heavy defeat. Imran Haider was very expensive, he might make a way for Qadeer Ahmed. Mohammad Qasim is also awaiting for his chances, he may come into XI on the expenses of Rameez Shahzad.
1. Rohan Mustafa, 2. Adnan Mufti, 3. Shaiman Anwar, 4. Rameez Shahzad / Mohammad Qasim, 5. Muhammad Usman, 6. Ghulam Shabber, 7. Amjad Javed, 8. Mohammad Naveed, 9. Ahmed Raza, 10. Zahoor Khan, 11. Imran Haider / Qadeer Ahmed.
Ireland side is expected to go with same XI. But, there are chances to test their bench players ahead of Afghanistan series. Also, Peter Chase was expensive on other day, chances for him to make a way for Barry McCarthy who done it so well for Ireland throughout the season. Experienced players Ed Joyce and Tim Murtagh also benched on Thursday. Joyce has chances to replace Balbirnie in the line-up.
1. William Porterfield, 2. Paul Sterling, 3. Andrew Balbirnie / Ed Joyce, 4. Niall O’Brien, 5. Kevin O’Brien, 6. Gary Wilson, 7. Stuart Thompson / Jacob Mulder, 8. Andy McBrine, 9. George Dockrell, 10. Craig Young, 11. Peter Chase / Barry McCarthy.
TOP PICKS :
- U.A.E. –> Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed and Zahoor Khan
- IRELAND –> Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell and Paul Sterling.
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