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There’s a first time for everything, and yesterday was a special first for the UAE cricket team as they had their second ever ODI win against a Test playing nation, and first ever win against Ireland. Moreover, the win was convincing and well-earned despite the fact that they were missing two important players after they tested positive for Covid. Ireland on the other hand must be reeling after the loss, as it seemed like they were confident about winning. They will need to regroup and reassess their approach, and maybe change up the team a little. Before the second match starts rolling, let’s take a look at the two sides.
UAE predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Predicted XI: Ahmed Raza (c), Vriitya Aravind (wk), Palaniapan Meiyappan, Waheed Ahmed, Basil Hameed, Zahoor Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Usman, Alishan Sharafu, Kashif Daud, Chundangapoyil Rizwan.
It’s one thing when an underdog team chases down a low target on a difficult pitch, and another when they manage to chase down a solid target by simply playing better cricket than the other team. The only question is, was it a fluke or have the UAE really improved? Bowling first in the first match, there were some decent bowling performances from the team, with Rohan Mustafa standing out for his figures of 10-1-43-2. Others weren’t as successful, but most were reasonably economical and managed to make sure Ireland’s total wasn’t something impossible to chase. On the chase, when the hosts were down to 51-3 after 12.5 overs, it seemed as though Ireland would walk away with it, but a 184 run stand between Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Muhammad Usman, who ultimately scored 109 and 102 respectively, saw the UAE clinch the match with 6 wickets and an over in hand.
UAE Key players
Chundangapoyil Rizwan: After his match-winning century in the first match, nobody will question his presence in this list.
Muhammad Usman: Rizwan may have gotten the Player of the Match award, but it was Usman’s better strike rate and equally important century that got UAE over the line without trouble.
Rohan Mustafa: After a solid display of bowling in the first match, Rohan Mustafa’s all-round skills will be put to the test again if the UAE are to win the series.
Ahmed Raza: Raza was almost as good as Rohan, and hopefully will be better in the coming match.
Ireland predicted XI, preview, form, and key players for this match
Predicted XI: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Kevin O’Brien, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andrew McBrine, Craig Young, Barry McCarthy.
On the other end of the spectrum, the first time you lose against a team - especially one you’re used to dominating - is a pretty awful feeling. With almost all their star players playing the match, Ireland can’t even console themselves thinking they sent in their B team. Batting first, Paul Stirling held up one end throughout the match, getting 131 off 148, while a solid 53 from Andrew Balbirnie and three 20-something cameos got the team to 269. Although he played superbly, Stirling was later made to rue his slow scoring rate and lack of urgency throughout a lot of the match. Ireland’s defense was poorer than their batting, as Curtis Campher and Barry McCarthy were the only wicket takers with 2 each, and only the former was economical. Eventually, this was what led to Ireland’s demise.
IRE Key players
Paul Stirling: Stirling was stellar with the bat, but perhaps he’ll score faster this time around.
Kevin O’Brien: Most cricket lovers know what O’Brien is capable of, and it would be interesting to see some of that in the desert.
Curtis Campher: The youngster proved just why we put him in our key players list for the last match, and we think he will justify it once again this time.
Barry McCarthy: Although he was somewhat expensive, McCarthy was almost as effective as Campher, and we look forward to seeing more from him.
UAE vs Ireland 2nd ODI weather and pitch conditions
It’s going to be a sunny day in Abu Dhabi, but the temperature will be pleasant as it’s winter there. With a decent level of humidity, a cool breeze, and no chance of rain, it should be a fantastic day for cricket.
As we said for the first match, the pitch is good for both main aspects of cricket. As 269 was obviously not adequate, whoever’s batting first should target 290-300 to be on the safe side.
Can the UAE win this match to announce to the cricketing world that they’re ready for more? Or will Ireland brush off what might still have been a fluke to come back into the series? Find out if our UAE vs Ireland predictions come true on Sunday!
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|Players to score a fifty:|
|M Usman/C Rizwan/W Ahmed (UAE), P Stirling/A Balbirnie/K O'Brien (IRE)|
|Players to score a century:|
|M Usman/C Rizwan (UAE), P Stirling/K O'Brien (IRE)|