The hosts United Arab Emirates (UAE) and visitors Ireland will face each other at Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) on Friday (8th January). It will be the first game of the four-match ODI series between these two teams.
It will be their first ODI meeting since the last ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March 2018. While they have played 6 ODIs till the date, Ireland won all those ODIs against the UAE.
United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Complete Squads
United Arab Emirates (UAE): Ahmed Raza (C), Chirag Suri (VC), Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Boota, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmad, Zawar Farid, CP Rizwaan, Aryan Lakra, Karthik Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Adithya Shetty, Vriitya Aravind
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Predicted XIs
United Arab Emirates (UAE): Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza (C), Mohammad Usman, Chirag Suri, Muhammad Boota, Vritiya Aravind, Sultan Ahmed, Aryan Lakra, Basil Hameed, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique.
Ireland: Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (C), Andy McBrine, James McCollom, Simi Singh, Craig Young, Mark Adair, Lorcan Tucker, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher
United Arab Emirates vs Ireland (UAE vs IRE), 1st ODI: Fantasy Cricket Tips
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Muhammad Usman (818 runs in 33 ODIs) and Rohan Mustafa (754 runs in 37 ODIs) are the big names in the UAE batting line-up. Meanwhile, in the recently concluded Emirates D20 2020, Vriitya Aravind highly impressed with the bat as he finished as the second most run-scorer in that tournament. He scored 410 runs in 12 innings, including three half-centuries.
Meanwhile, their top bowlers are Rohan Mustafa (41 wickets in 37 ODIs) and skipper Ahmed Raza (35 wickets in 31 ODIs). Right-arm pacer Junaid Siddique has also impressed in his early days as he has taken 12 wickets in 6 ODIs.
Ireland have the experienced batsmen like Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien along with the skipper Andrew Balbirnie. In their last ODI against the hosts England on 4th August 2020, Paul Stirling scored 142 runs and skipper Balbirnie scored 113 runs. Stirling even finished that away ODI series against England as the leading run-scorer.
On the other hand, they also have the bowlers like only 100+ ODI wicket-taker Kevin O’Brien (113 wickets in 148 ODI matches), and consistent bowlers like Barry McCarthy (55 wickets in 31 ODIs) and Craig Young (34 wickets in 17 ODIs). However, in recent times, Kevin O’Brien hasn’t shown his interest with the ball.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Paul Stirling, Rohan Mustafa
Vice-captain – Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket:
Wicket-keeper(s) – Vriitya Aravind
Batsmen – Muhammad Usman, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (C), Kevin O’Brien
All-rounder(s) – Rohan Mustafa (vc), Mark Adair
Bowlers – Ahmed Raza, Junaid Siddique, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young