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World T20 2014: Ireland vs. Netherlands Live Stream, Form and Key Stats

Whilst Ireland remain the favourites to progress, there is still all to play for.
Whilst Ireland remain the favourites to progress, there is still all to play for.Bikas Das/Associated Press
Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 20, 2014

Ireland vs. Netherlands concludes the first round of World T20 matches on Friday, with everything still to play for.

The Irish remain favourites to qualify from Group B, having already dispatched Zimbabwe via a thrilling last-ball victory and then taking care of the United Arab Emirates with ease.

However, as we have already seen in Hong Kong's win over Bangladesh in Group A, anything can happen in these games if complacency is allowed to creep in.

 

Date: Friday March 21

Time: 9.30 a.m. GMT/5.30 a.m. ET

Live on: Sky Sports 2 (UK), ESPN3 (USA)

 

Form

The Irish have some big hitters, Paul Stirling chief amongst them.
The Irish have some big hitters, Paul Stirling chief amongst them.Gemunu Amarasinghe/Associated Press

Irish opener Paul Stirling has recovered from the injury sustained earlier in the tournament against the UAE. Although batting success eluded him in that match, two quick wickets added to his resume.

It followed a monstrous knock in the opener against Zimbabwe. Four successive boundaries in the first over, per Firdose Moonda of ESPNCricInfoset him up for a 60 score in his teams 164 for 7.

Ed Joyce and William Porterfield have also contributed well with the bat. Joyce—with scores of 22 and 43—and Porterfield—with 31 and 33 over the two innings—evidence a competent and comfortable top order.

The game will quickly be taken away from the Netherlands if their bowlers are unable to get an early foothold in the game.

Captain Peter Borren was pleased with his bowling attack and fielders during the loss to Zimbabwe, but felt let down by his top order, which collapsed to 35-4. 

Despite this, Netherland's Tom Cooper is still the second highest run scorer in the tournament, due in no small part to a 72 not out in the Zimbabwe game.

A similar knock will be a major factor in whether the Dutch can upset the odds.

 

 

Key Stats

Netherlands can still go through if they curtail the Irish innings and push up their own run-rate.
Netherlands can still go through if they curtail the Irish innings and push up their own run-rate.Bikas Das/Associated Press

Ireland can afford to lose this match and still go through to the Super10 stage of the competition.

The Netherlands have to win and ensure that their run rate is that much higher than that of the other match in the group.

Zimbabwe have an outside chance of qualification but would have to win their game by the largest run rate of the three teams.

The current run rate required, per Adnan Akhtar of SportsKeeda, is as follows:

Zimbabwe:
Netherlands: 
+0.094
Ireland: 
+0.641

George Dockrell has career best figures of 4/20 against the Netherlands and will have an important role to play for the Irish again.

Michael Swart needs just one more run to become the first player to score 400 T20I runs for Netherlands.

Paul Stirling is the only Irish player to score 50 or more in five T20I.

Stats supplied by ICC Cricket.

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