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T20 WC 2024: Match 8 (India vs Ireland) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Jun 5, 2024 11:54 am
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The T20 World Cup 2024 kicks off in the USA on Wednesday, with India taking on Ireland in their opening group-stage match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. While recent one-sided encounters in New York might suggest an easy win for India, Ireland’s impressive recent form poses a potential threat to the former champions.

Paul Stirling
Paul Stirling

The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma, hasn’t revealed their final batting lineup yet. Speculation suggests they might field both veterans, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma himself, at the top. Sanju Samson and Suryakumar Yadav could follow at numbers 3 and 4, respectively.

Ireland boasts a strong middle order with Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, and Curtis Campher. Their bowling attack remains largely unchanged, with Josh Little and Mark Adair leading the charge. Andre Balbirnie is expected to partner captain Paul Stirling at the top of the Irish batting order.

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With intriguing player matchups and Ireland’s recent good form, India’s opening match is likely to be a closer contest than expected. This match promises several exciting individual player battles:

#1 Virat Kohli vs Josh Little

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

The Indian batting mainstay, Virat Kohli, is known for building his innings before unleashing an aggressive assault. However, Ireland’s left-arm seamer, Josh Little, who consistently clocks speeds exceeding 145 kph, could pose a significant threat. Little, in fact, dismissed Kohli in IPL 2024 when Kohli’s team, RCB, was chasing a modest target against the Gujarat Titans. This match-up promises to be an exciting battle between experience and raw pace.

#2 Suryakumar Yadav vs Mark Adair

Mark Adair
Mark Adair

The world’s number one T20I batsman, Suryakumar Yadav, boasts a strike rate exceeding 140, and his destructive power in the later overs is crucial for India’s run-scoring. His wicket is arguably India’s most valuable. Mark Adair, an experienced Irish bowler, has faced Yadav before. It will be intriguing to see how Adair uses his experience to counter Yadav’s aggressive batting and how Yadav navigates Adair’s bowling to build his innings.

#3 Paul Stirling vs Arshdeep Singh

Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh

The Irish captain, Paul Stirling, is known for his aggressive approach from the very first ball. A strong start from him in the powerplay overs could significantly benefit Ireland. India’s left-arm seamer, Arshdeep Singh, has a knack for taking early wickets. This clash between Stirling’s attacking intent and Singh’s ability to strike early promises to be a crucial battle in the powerplay.

With intriguing player matchups and Ireland’s recent good form, India’s opening match is likely to be a closer contest than expected. The team that executes their plans better and adapts to the unfamiliar American conditions will emerge victorious.