Ford Comments on Ireland’s Chances Against Namibia

With 2 matches down for both teams, tomorrow’s match between Ireland and Namibia has been dubbed the ‘winner take all’ match. Tied at 2nd place, with the only difference coming in net run rate, whichever team wins will make it to the World Cup Super 12. Graham Ford, Ireland’s coach, has been in talks with people from the IPL, trying to understand the pitches a bit better. 

Ford commented on the whole situation and their road to this match, “I’ve had a few good chats with some of the IPL coaches, but we’ll keep that to ourselves for now, win or lose, we are gaining and we are learning, but quite obviously we’re desperate to go through to the next phase of the tournament.”

“We had a long bus journey then caught the end of the game and they did hit the ball extremely well at the end,” Ford said. “We know that they’ve got some very dangerous players and David Wiese, who put on a show – we caught the end of that show. He’s played for South Africa in the T20 World Cup before and I’ve seen him in South Africa and on the county circuit. He can be absolutely devastating, which he was today. They’ve got some dangerous players. They’ve got some very hard-working cricketers. Quite a few of them have learnt quite a lot of their cricket in South Africa and they pushed us close in the last game of the qualifiers. We know that they’re going to be tough – if we’re slightly off our best, we will struggle.”

Mickey Arthur Praises ‘Almost Ideal’ Bowling Attack

With 2 pacers who can consistently bowl at a blistering speed of 130 KMPH or above, a mystery spinner for the ages, and an all-rounder in form, Sri Lanka’s bowling attack has been one of the, if not the best of all time. 

Sitting atop the points table for group stage matches, Sri lanka still need to rack up a couple of victories in the remaining matches to gain a spot in the World Cup. Proving to be a good and balanced team against Namibia, coach Mickey Arthur said the bowling attack is “almost the ideal attack”. 

“For us to have two bowlers of genuine quality bowling at 145kph – that makes a massive difference,” Arthur said. “We know that any team doesn’t like facing them. They’re genuine wicket-takers. Their skills have gotten better and better over the last couple of months. We’re really happy having them attack for us. Dushmantha Chameera has gone to another level. He’s now genuinely world-class. To have those bowlers in our line-up gives us a good balance. Chamika Karunaratne brings a little bit of swing. And we’ve got our two spinners. It’s almost the ideal attack, if you like.”

Ahead of their big match against Ireland, their batting order seems to have found its balance. But bowling second will mean competing with not only Ireland but also the ‘Dew factor’. As seen in the later stages of the IPL, keeping the ball dry has been a struggle for teams bowling second.

The ICC T20 World Cup 2021, a Preview

Yes, it’s finally here! The ICC T20 International World Cup is back. After getting a big change in location, the world cup is ultimately set to emanate from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The decided stadiums will be the Dubai International Cricket stadium, the Sheikh Zayed stadium and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. 

This world cup will be a bit different from its predecessors. 8 teams, divided in 2 groups will fight each other, for 4 teams to qualify to the final teams to play in the world cup, also known as the Super 12. 

Group A: Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia

Group B: Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman

Super 12 Table 1: England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2

Super 12 Table 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, B1 and A2 

With the top 2 teams of each Super 12 group proceeding to the finals, the world cup will take place between 17th Oct to 14th Nov in its entirety. 

In terms of the rules, each team will be given 2 DRS reviews in hand for each innings, making the calls tougher. In case of a tie, a Super Over will be played, and if tied, another will be played until one team wins. With no extra days for bad weather, and no rain expected in the UAE in the coming 3 weeks, the coast seems to be clear.

The winning team will be awarded the trophy with a cash price of USD $1.6 Million. 

The spectators will be allowed, but only fully vaccinated members of the fanbase at a reduced capacity, similarly to the IPL. 

So are you ready for the World Cup?