IRE vs HK Dream11 : Massive test awaits Hong Kong when they take on a mighty Ireland side today.
The opening day in the dramatic land of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier throws our way the first Group B clash between Hong Kong and Ireland. Placed together in the group alongside some equally sublime and complete counterparts, either side will be well aware that every single point holds colossal value as they yearn for a spot in next year’s showpiece world cup.
For Ireland in particular, today’s match comes bearing with it hefty ramifications wit the side being so heavily touted as one of the overwhelming favourites to emerge unblemished and speckle free from the qualifiers. One of the oldest and most experiences outfits partaking in the world cup, the country will be looking to make amends for their failure to qualify for the ODI World Cup earlier this year by making it through to the T20 one.
Ever since being shunted out of that marquee tournamnet, Ireland have been on an upward rise, putting into same place good performances across the cricketing brethren. They have shown their mettle across a slew of series and tournamnets, coming across as a side which is equally blessed in both the batting and bowling dockets, one of the most well rounded sides prevelant in the group of 14 teams.
Elsewhere, Hong Kong haven’t fared off badly either with the side making it this far by emerging through a gruelling and arduous qualification process. Where Ireland qualified directly by being ranked 14th in the world, Hong Kong had to brazen it out in a testing set of qualifiers across the Asian region to find themselves being accorded with this chance.
Although Ireland are the clear overwhelming favourites for this one, what will give Hong Kong heart is the fact that they have managed to defeat Ireland twice in the previous 5 matches held between the two with Ireland having just the one win while the two matches were abandoned. It helps spark a much needed glimmer of survival chance in today’s encounter which will test their pool of resources to the fore.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
An extremely treacherous wicket to come out and bat on, this is a pitch where batting is going to be a travesty and the spinners are going to leave the batters in tatters. Expect stinker performances from the batsmen with the average score while batting first being a mere 138, leading the side winning the toss choosing to field first to get a clear idea of how to peddle out their run chase.
Probable Playing 11
Nizakat Khan, Ahsan Abbasi, Kinchit Shah, Waqas Barkat, Haroon Arshad, Aizaz Khan (C), Scott McKechnie (WK), Shahid Wasif, Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie, Nasrulla Rana
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Gary Wilson (C, WK), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Simi Singh, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019
Match: Hong Kong Vs Ireland Group B
Date And Time: 18th October, Friday- 3:30pm IST
Where To Watch: Star Sports 3
- Nizakat Khan, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie
- Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Boyd Rankin
Top 4 Batting Order
- Nizakat Khan, Ahsan Abbasi, Kinchit Shah, Waqas Barkat
- Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Harry Tector
- Kinchit Shah, Scott McKechnie
- Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien
Death Overs Bowlers
- Ehsan Khan, Kyle Christie
- George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin
IRE vs HK Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Ireland’s Gary Wilson is brought in by us for this encounter due to two reasons. Not only does he come out to bat up the order for his side as opposed to the option from Hong Kong but his role keeping wickets will see him be heavily involved in dismissals as well for his side, making him a safe choice for this docket.
IRE vs HK Dream11 Batsmen
Our entire batting order comprises of choices from Ireland as we bring their whole top-order for this clash. On a wicket which is going to be detrimental to batting and play so adversely for the batters, Ireland’s batters come bestowed with the application and technique of how to traverse their way past these sticky conditions.
We begin with Kevin O’Brien with the player scoring 124 the last time these two sides had squared off in the T20 format along with their foundation, Paul Stirling. Andy Balbirnie comes in as well after growing in stature for the side with his talismanic displays of clean hitting which have seen him disrupt opposition bowlers in their gameplan.
IRE vs HK Dream11 All-Rounders
In the last three matches, Haroon Arshad has emerged as a player who epitomises why Hong Kong are on such an unprecedented ascendancy in the arena. He’s scored 132 runs in those encounters, laying down the marker with some extremely eye pleasing performances to carry one of the biggest threats from this Hong Kong batting unit to make him the first pick in our unit.
His legspin sees us pick up Waqas Barkat as well from the side while from the opposition we have moved in for George Dockrell with his left hand brand of offspin set to make life extremely jittery and tentative for Hog Kong today.
IRE vs HK Dream11 Bowling Order
Our most heavily packed unit, we have gotten in the four players o represent us over here with the two coming in apiece from either side. We begin with our picks from Ireland, getting in both Boyd Rankin and Mark Adair with the two new ball operators set to wreck havoc in Hong Kong’s ranks, a side extremely vulnerable to a shambolic collapse on the batting front.
Elsewhere, coming in from Hong Kong are Kylie Christie who has snagged the 5 wickets and Ehsan Khan who comes into this clash with the four wickets in his kitty.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We are making Kevin our captain for today’s impending fixture while Dockrell comes in as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.