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)
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.
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.
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:
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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