World Twenty20 2014: Ireland vs. UAE Latest Form, Head-to-Head Records, Preview

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 18, 2014

Ireland batsman Ed Joyce plays a shot during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against Zimbabwe in Sylhet, Bangladesh, Monday, March 17, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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Ireland go into their Group B match with United Arab Emirates looking to make it two wins in a row.

The side defeated Zimbabwe by three wickets to record the group's first victory and move one step closer to the Super 10 group stage.

UAE will be looking to overturn their recent form, however, after the Netherlands eased to a six-wicket haul.

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Ireland's thrilling final-ball victory over Zimbabwe showed the side's intent to qualify for the Super 10, but they rode their luck thanks to a missed throw from Brendan Taylor.

The side's bowling offensive will have to make their bowls count, though, and make sure to not allow another 50 score as recorded by Taylor in the opening match.

Meanwhile, UAE need to pick up the pace if they are to retain any hopes of qualification.

Their six-wicket defeat by the Netherlands highlighted the side's poor batting, setting a run chase of just 151.

The side's opening batsmen on that day—Amjad Ali and Faizan Asif—hit just 11 runs between them.

Khurrum Kham did his best to restore some pride to UAE's start, though, notching 31 with Swapnil Patil hitting a further 23 to increase their score.

But it all fell apart after Shaiman Anwar and Rohan Mustafa were dismissed for a combined 52, as the remaining four batsmen hit just 16 between them.

If UAE are to qualify, they will need to up their game and find some rhythm taking on a resurgent Ireland outfit.

Ireland, meanwhile, need the win to ensure their place at the top of the table with the Netherlands taking on Zimbabwe in the other Group B fixture.


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These two sides have suffered very different fates in the tournament so far.

With a win under their belt, Ireland will be the more confident of the sides as they prepare to take on defeated UAE.

The side found the luck of the Irish to overcome Zimbabwe, in a match that had all on their seats, as tweeted by Cricket Ireland:

Their opponent's defeat by the Netherlands showed a lack of determination, but that could have been the wake-up call they needed.

Rooted to the bottom of the table, UAE will need to win both matches to qualify for the Super 10.

With that unlikely, and with matches against Ireland and Zimbabwe to come, UAE will be looking for more experience from this match.

In that, the pressure may well be off for the team, enable play without fear and cause an upset against their table-topping counterparts.



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According to, these two sides have never met in a competitive match, so history will be made in Sylhet.

Despite a new opponent, Ireland's Kevin O'Brien admitted that they will not underestimate the United Arab Emirates as the team build towards a second win, per BBC Sport:

No game is easy in this tournament. We have to refocus for tomorrow's game. We played really, really good cricket up up until the 38th of the match when we took our foot off the gas. But the crucial thing was getting over the line and it was a great two points for us.

Victory for Ireland will put them on top of Group B with four points, and they will be hoping for a Zimbabwe win over the Netherlands to ensure a two-point gap.

The Irish will then face the Netherlands in the final match of the group, as Zimbabwe take on UAE.

Should two teams sit level on points at the end of the tournament, qualification will be determined on matches won.

Therefore, it is imperative that the squad take to the field against UAE, do not succumb to complacency and make their batting count.