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Ireland has been one of the top 12 teams in the world, and it is one of the countries which put their step inside the International field quite early compared to other non-cricketing nations. They are one of the most talented teams, and once again, their performances reflect that.
Ireland is the team who can defeat anyone on their day, and they are not just a short-format team like Afghanistan, who are more successful in the T20 rather than in Test matches and ODI. In the 2011 World Cup, Ireland knocked England out of the ODI World Cup, in which India lifted the title.
Oman does have the talent to give a fight to a team like Ireland, but for that, they need to give their best in the whole match because it is not a short format that gives a chance to everyone to win, but it is hard for small teams to win in ODI against bigger teams.
There are many players in Oman who can be game-changers, but all they need to do is play as a unit; otherwise, it will be really hard for them to win matches against teams like Ireland, Sri Lanka, and West Indies.
Ireland vs Oman: Head-to-Head Record
Ireland and Oman played only one match against each other, and Ireland won the match by 116 runs in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifiers. This year also, Ireland will be the favorite to win the match, but it is cricket. Anything can happen, as many times Ireland’s batting order does collapse.
Pitch Report of Bulawayo Athletic Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for ICC World Cup Qualifiers Match between Ireland vs Oman on June 19, 2023
|Match Played||5 matches|
|Batting first won||2 matches won|
|Batting second won||2 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||208 runs|
|Highest Team innings total||256/3 by Scotland|
|Lowest Team innings total||91/10 by Hong Kong|
Bulawayo Athletic Club pitch is different pitch from other pitches in Zimbabwe because this pitch does support spinners more than pace bowlers, which has been seen in the past.
The average score on this ground is also quite low, as it has been seen in the past, but in the last 4 years, there is no ODI matches have been played on this ground, which also tells that it is very uncertain to predict the nature of the wicket but it will be a fresh wicket which might be more in favor of batters.
Team Preview of Ireland
Ireland is not a balanced team right now. They are full of flaws that the opposition could expose, but if they can counter-attack their opponents, then it is going to be great for them.
The opening pair of Ireland is not quite well, which is one of the weaknesses of the Ireland team, but their middle order is one of the best among the qualifiers team. Still, sometimes they do collapse, which is also one of the concerns for the team.
The spin department is also weak, which can be the biggest turnaround on the pitch of Bulawayo Athletic Club as it does support spinners more in the past. In the two World Cup warm-up matches, Ireland won one and lost one.
Important players for the Ireland team in the match against Oman
1- Harry Tector is in fine form of his life as in the last 10 matches he scored 493 runs with an average of 82.16 and also with a strike rate of 101.64. He will be one of the most crucial players in the middle order for Ireland, as the spinners will come into play at that time if things go right for Ireland.
2- Mark Adair has been one of the best all-rounders for the Ireland team, and In a recent match against England, he scored 88 runs innings in Lord, but he is mainly known for his swing bowling. He took 41 wickets in 35 matches and also scored 314 runs with an average of 19.62.
Team Preview of Oman
Oman is good in almost every department except the finishing, but as an association team, they have been doing quite well in the past, and even in the Asian Qualifiers, they reached the final, where they lost to Nepal.
Oman does have amazing spin bowling options, which can be a game changer for them on the pitch they are playing because it favors spin bowlers more, and Ireland is weak against spinners.
Important players for the Oman Team in the match against Ireland
1- Zeeshan Maqsood is one of the top-quality spinners on the Oman side, as he took 15 wickets in his last 9 matches, and the economy of his bowling figure is just 3.84, which is one of the most amazing things. He is also a good batter who can score quite runs. He scored 1021 runs in 37 matches with an average of 31.90 which makes him a great all-rounder. He took 53 wickets in 37 ODI matches; his best figure is 4/15.
2- Bilal Khan has been amazing for Oman in the league stage 2 of the qualifiers. He took 25 wickets in his last 10 matches, which is quite impressive for any bowler. He is a top-quality pace bowler who can swing the bowl in the opening spell and also can use slower ones. He played 38 ODI matches in which he took 81 wickets, and his best bowling figure is 5/31.
Probable Playing 11 of Ireland Team
Paul Stirling(c), Andrew Balbirnie(w), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Shane Getkate, Lorcan Tucker, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little
Probable Playing 11 of Oman Team
Zeeshan Maqsood(c), Naseem Khushi(w), Jatinder Singh, Khawar Ali, Fayyaz Butt, Ayaan Khan, Kashyap Prajapati, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Khurram Nawaz, Shoaib Khan