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It's been a while since Ireland have made their debut in T20I cricket, and over the course of that time, we have seen them script so many upsets. There haven't been many occasions, however, wherein we have seen them on the receiving ends. In the ongoing Pnetagular T2OI series, which is being played in Oman, they were arguably the most reliable team of the tournament and yet they are not at the top of the table. They'll have an opportunity to get to the top in their next match, wherein they take on Nepal, on 9th October, at Al Amarat.
Ireland haven't in their prime form in international cricket, of late. They had a mediocre run in the home tri-series against Scotland and Netherlands that was followed by a colossal loss to Oman in the ongoing series. In the current series, they are placed at the second spot with two wins in three matches. They, however, have a pretty good net run-rate of 0.658, which could prove to be handy, should things get closer towards the back-end of the competition.
Ireland have a couple of players each in the lists of top batsmen and bowlers, respectively, in the tournament. Kevin O' Brien has been a standout performer not just for them, but also in the competition. He has scored 186 runs so far at an average of 62 in three innings. On the bowling from, it's been Mark Adair, who has been a standout performer for them. Adair has picked five wickets at an average of 18 in three innings.
After facing a humiliating defeat against Oman, Ireland bounced back with a terrific performance against Hong Kong as they defeated the Asian team by a massive margin of 66 runs. Batting first, Ireland scored a colossal total of 208, highest in the tournament so far, which was well defended by their bowlers. Ireland are one of the strongest team in the tournament on-paper and if they can perform to their potential, beating them will not be an easy task, not just for Nepal, but for all the teams in the tournament.
PR Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, GC Wilson, Mark Richard Adair, Andy Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, WB Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, SR Thompson.
Nepal are a relatively new entrant to the international cricket circuit, and they've certainly taken considerable strides in getting along with the rest of the teams. With two wins in two matches, they have been the highlight of the tournament so far. Their upcoming contest against Ireland will be a massive test for them, and a win here will fill them with immense confidence.
Just like Ireland have, Nepal, too, have a couple of players each in the leading top batsmen as well as bowlers each in the tournament. With eight wickets to his name in just two matches, Karan KC has been the pick of the bowlers for them. With his superb array of variations, he is going to be a vital resource for Nepal in the upcoming fixture. With the bat, Nepal haven't done much, but the efforts of Binod Bhandari haven't gone unnoticed. Bhandari has 84 runs under his belt in two innings at an average of 84.
Nepal are coming off a confidence-boosting win over the Netherlands in their last match wherein they edged past the men in orange by four wickets in the last over of the match. Their bowlers rampaged past the swashbuckling Netherlands' batsmen as Nepal were eventually left to chase 134. Batsmen - led by Binod Bhandari did their job to perfection as Nepal chased down the total in 19.5 overs to add two important points to their kitty. With a win over the Netherlands, Nepal scripted an unanticipated upset and will be looking for another inspirational victory when they take on Ireland in the upcoming match.
B Bhandari, Paras Khadka, Dipendra Singh Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Sundeep Jora, Ishan Pandey, Karan KC, Sompal Kami, Sandeep Lamichhane, Abinash Bohara, Lalit Rajbanshi.
With so many international matches going around in a cricketing circuit, this series hasn't garnered much attention. However, there have already been a few closely-contested matches in the tournament so far, which could be the signs for things to come. Nepal's win over Netherlands and Ireland's loss to Oman came as a surprise to many. The upcoming match between Ireland and Nepal promises to be full of surprises. Having said that, we think that the result would be in favor of the team rich in experience and depth in their batting order, that is Ireland. Despite the odds of just 1.33, we think betting on Ireland could prove to be a fruitful decision.
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