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Ireland vs. United Arab Emirates 2021

2nd ODI – Sun, 10th January

UAE United to Strike Out:

Hosts United Arab Emirates sprung an immense wonder on the more-fancied Ireland team, as they chased down a 269-run total in the first ODI with an over remaining. Mohammad Usman and CP Rizwan scored twin centuries to lead UAE to an impressive win and take the lead in the series.

UAE will rely on their depth with both ball and bat to come through in the second match as well; however, that could be a stringent assessment for the hosts.

 The hosts UAE carry a new look with the addition of Zawar Farid and Vriitya Aravind. Nonetheless, UAE does have a lot of skill and talent in Captain Ahmed Raza and Rohan Mustafa, both of whom will be vital in this competition. With Mohammad Usman, Chirag Suri, and Zahoor Khan also proficient in winning games single-handedly, the UAE should ascertain to be a handful for their more-fancied rivals.

Possible playing XI: Zawar Farid, CP Rizwan, Vriitya Aravind (WK), Alishan Sharafu, Mohammad Usman, Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza (C), Waheed Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Karthik Meiyappan and Kashif Daud.

Ireland Are Burning Up:

The Irish side did show sights of what they are proficient of in the first ODI, as opening batsman Paul Stirling knocked an unbeaten century. Nonetheless, their bowling line-up wasn’t up to the middle overs’ mark, which ultimately cost them the match.

However, Ireland will look to come back sturdy, as they have plenty of firepower in both departments batting and bowling. With Mark Adair’s likes, Kevin O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie proficient in winning games single-handedly, Ireland will be ardent to level the series in the upcoming game.

Ireland has retained most of the team players who were included in their last ODI series against England. Led by skipper Andy Balbirnie, this Irish team has a well-composed side with sufficient depth in either department. 

Possible playing XI: Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (C), Kevin O’Brien, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Lorcan Tucker (WK), Curtis Campher, Josh Little, Andy McBrine and Barry McCarthy.

The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:

The 2nd ODI of this Ireland’s tour of the United Arab Emirates will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 10th January Sunday. Like in the first ODI game, the wicket is marginally on the slower side though it still a good one to bat on. Much liked by the batsmen.

The speedsters can probably get early movement off the wicket, which should keep the batters on their toes. We reckon keeping wickets in hand will be vital in the middle overs, as both sides boast a few quality spin bowlers in their ranks.

Both sides could look to bat first, with 260-270 runs measured to be a par score at this ground. Although the wicket is likely to slow down as the game advances, the ball should come on the bat under the lights in the second half, making for a great contest at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

UAE Well-Equipped for Title Bid:

Watch the price, as the hosts are at a splendid 2.80, whereas Ireland is at 1.44 for the upcoming game’s win.

Desperate for a win, another match against underdogs UAE is Ireland’s worst nightmare after the dramatic loss in the previous game. The match odds had Ireland are definite favourites for the clash on Sunday. Not so this time.

Given the toss prejudice, that is fair. Where UAE to win the flip and use that heavy toss bias in their goodwill by defending, Ireland may well be worth a threat batting first for trade as there is a gamble the market might not take a cut out of their price.

Tops Value for Price:

Three centuries were witnessed in the first game. Impressive as they were, they should also swerve the markets. They have got enough momentum on their side to turn things around.

Paul Stirling and his experience have played a vital role for his team and should prove lethal in the upcoming match. On the contrary, Mohammad Usman and CP Rizwan and raised expectations from the crowds. Their patients to settle and tackle will be the game-changer. We want to be on Mohammad Usman. He is bet to win. What worries is his inexperience and inconsistency.