Ireland vs. Netherlands, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Ireland vs. Netherlands, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Ireland and the Netherlands conclude their World Twenty20 Group B campaigns on Friday, having both experienced differing fortunes in the tournament.

Venue: Sylhet Stadium

Date: Friday, March 21

Start time: 9:30 a.m. GMT

Live on: Sky Sports (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), Super Sport (South Africa), BTV (Bangladesh), PTV Sports (Pakistan), Star India (India), SLBC (Sri Lanka), ESPN3 (USA)

Weather: It promises to be a sunny day in Sylhet according to Weather.com, with temperatures touching 33 degrees Celsius.

 

Overview

Ireland are virtually assured of qualification to the Super 10, although with Zimbabwe facing the United Arab Emirates in the other game, they will want a victory here to be sure.

Last time out, the Irish beat UAE by 21 runs, thanks to the Duckworth/Lewis Method.

Bowling first, Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling led the effort for Ireland with two wickets apiece as they managed to restrict UAE, 123-5.

Rain affected Ireland’s response, although William Porterfield’s unbeaten 33 and 43 from Ed Joyce ensured they were always ahead of the required run rate.

The weather ended Ireland’s innings with them 103-3 from 14.2 overs, a full 21 runs ahead of where they needed to be, according to Duckworth/Lewis.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands lost by five wickets to Zimbabwe in a match that went down to the last ball.

The Dutch batted first and made 140-5 from their 20 overs, thanks in large part to 72 from Tom Cooper at No. 5.

In reply, the Zimbabweans managed to just about keep up with the rate, despite two wickets from Pieter Seelaar and once each for Timm van der Gugten and Ahsan Malik.

However, with one run required from the last ball for a Zimbabwe win, Vusi Sibanda hit the final delivery for six to ensure the ICC Full Members are still alive in the tournament.

It means that Ireland are top of Group B with four points, with Zimbabwe in second with two points.

The Netherlands are third—also with two points—with Zimbabwe now hoping the Irish will slip up against the Dutch.

 

Squads

Ireland (from): William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Max Sorensen, James Shannon, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.

Netherlands (from): Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, Ben Cooper, Tim Gruijters, Timm van der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Vivian Kingma, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Michael Rippon, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart, Eric Szwarczynski.

 

Key Players

Paul Stirling

With his aggressive strokes at the top of the order, Paul Stirling has helped Ireland build strong platforms.

He will want to assert himself against the new ball once again, having shown himself to be capable of adapting to the slow conditions.

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Tom Cooper

The second-highest run scorer in the tournament, Tom Cooper will need to be on form again if the Netherlands are to be successful.

With a good amount of experience in Australian state cricket, Cooper has already had a massive impact for the Dutch.

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