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ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier- Sri Lanka vs Ireland, Match No- 8, Team Analysis & Prediction

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2021-10-20 11:55:22


Clashing Teams: Sri Lanka and Ireland

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date: October 20th, 2021

Head to Head- Sri Lanka- 01 and Ireland- 00

Live Telecast: Star Sports Network and Hotstar

Sri Lanka

Former title-holder Sri Lanka will square-off against optimistic Ireland in the tricky qualifier round of the T20 World Cup on testing Wednesday. The Islanders unit knows the fact that another thumping win will progress them closer to the central Super 12 league schedules. The Dasun Shanaka led unit brushed aside Namibia’s challenge in the tournament opener where bowlers were the apple of their eye while bowling out Namibia for 96 runs. Strategic 42 runs knock from Rajapaksa which was complimented well by Avishka Fernando’s unbeaten 30 runs leads Sri Lanka to seven wicket win.

Sri Lanka will be expecting to pull out another rabbit out of the hat in Wednesday’s bout. Dasun Shanaka has already hinted that no alter will be introduced in the playing XI for the remaining qualifier schedules. However, Sri Lanka’s top-order failure is cause of a big worry for team management and some reshuffle in the batting order can be experimented in the forthcoming face-off where Avishka Fernando can bat at top of the order whereas Pathum Nissanka can be employed at fourth position.



Imitating their counterparts, Netherlands will also walk into Wednesday’s crucial match on the back of 7-wicket comprehensive triumph against Netherlands. Ireland occupies second position in the group's overall standings and they know the fact that one miraculous win can officially launch them into Super 12 league matches. For Ireland, Curtis Campher was the man of honour for cultivating four wickets in four balls that wrapped-up Netherlands' innings for 106 runs. Chasing the minnow total, Ireland walked aside the given target in 15.1 overs riding on unbeaten 30 runs from Paul Stirling.

Ireland will be eyeing to proceed for the main schedule with two in a row wins. Middle order giant hitter, Gareth Delany is the top run-scorer for Ireland thumping 44 runs in the inaugural match, whipping five-fours and 2 magnificent sixes. On bowling front, Curtis Campher set the stage on fire while picking up four wickets in four deliveries of the match and equalling Lasith Malinga’s record. Ireland is expected to field the same playing XI in Wednesday’s bout and will be high on confidence. 

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 Topbets Prediction

A gripping contest amongst two of the arch contenders for the ‘Q’ tag will unfold on Wednesday’s evening match. Both teams will aim to retain their spots amongst the top two brackets of the leaderboard standings. However, analysing past performance in T20 World Cup and side-by-side analysis of playing XI suggest that Sri Lanka will be the probable favourites to win the bout. The Sheikh Zayed wicket will yet again prove to be a run machine and 15-160 runs on board will be an ideal score at this venue where the toss winning skipper will opt to bowl first.  

Top Batsman for Sri Lanka- Avishka Fernando- Experimenting Avishka in the middle order worked for Sri Lanka, as the right-handed batter scored an unbeaten 81 runs in first match and also batted fluently in adjacent schedule with admirable strike rate of 150.64

Top Batsman for Netherlands- Gareth Delany- Delany is the top run-scorer for Ireland stretching 44 runs off just 21 balls in the inaugural match, in the course Delany hammered five-fours and 2 magnificent sixes with strike rate of 141.56.

Probable Playing XI for The Match

Sri Lanka- Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera

Ireland- Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock (wk), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Benjamin White, Joshua Little