Ireland’s participation in the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup gets underway today with an opening match against the Netherlands.
The tournament is taking place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman and brings together the best of the world’s cricketing talent for a tournament that was originally to have been staged in Australia in 2020.
Today’s opening game for Ireland takes place in Abu Dhabi.
It is the first of three games with the others against Sri Lanka on Wednesday and Namibia on Friday. The top two teams from the group will progress to the Super 12’s round where they will be joined by the big guns including defending champions the West Indies, England, India and Australia.
Sri Lanka are the top-ranked team among the four at number ten with Ireland number 12, and the others at 17 and 19.
On paper then Ireland should progress but today’s game is vital.
The Netherlands have an edge with seven wins in the last 13 meetings of the side in this format of the game to Ireland’s four. They have shared two wins apiece though in the most recent encounters so it is likely to be a tight game. The bookmakers have Ireland as slight favourites.
All the matches in the tournament will be shown live on Sky Sports and today’s game gets underway at 11 AM.
Come on you boys in Green.
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