Tomorrow will be a happy morning for the Irish cricket fraternity because they will wake up to their inaugural test match. Ireland will take on Pakistan at The Village, Dublin tomorrow for their first ever test match. The only test between both the nations will be played between May 11-May 15 and will begin at 11:00 AM Local.
While it will be a remarkable day for the hosts, the visitors too will be looking for rejuvenation after the two legends -Misbah and Younis have hung their boots. After the retirements of these two, Pakistan has slipped to 7th ranking in the test.
Also, their clash will revive the memories of 2007 World Cup when the hosts triumphed a win over Pakistan by 3 wickets under D/L method.
Let’s move forward to IRE vs PAK team news and Ire vs Pak dream11 match predictions.
Ireland has named a 14-man squad for the contest. However, they will miss out pacer Nathan Smith and Barry McCarthy.
Pakistan has announced 16-member squad to face Ireland that will be led by Imam-ul-Haq. Visitors will have to decide from a couple of combinations. Most probably, Shadab Khan and M Abbas are set to make debut along with the skipper.
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William Porterfield (c), Ed Joyce, Niall O Brien, Tyrone Kane, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson, Tim Murtagh, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
Azhar Ali, Saad Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Mohammad Amir, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Salahuddin
As there a couple of combinations -four opening batsmen- it is pretty hard to predict the playing 11. However, the most probable IRE vs PAK playing 11 can be as follows-
Wicket-keeper – Niall O Brien
Batsmen- William Porterfield, Ed Joyce, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie/Gary Wilson/James Shanon
All-rounder- Kevin O Brien, Andy McBirne
Bowlers- Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Nathan Smith
Wicket-keeper – Sarfraz Khan
Batsmen – Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali
All rounder – Fahim Ashraf, Sadab Khan
Bowlers – Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Rahat Ali
Kevin O Brien, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, and William Porterfield will be the key batters for Ireland. All the eyes will be upon them for putting runs on the scoreboard.
In bowling, Ireland will depend upon Boyd Rankin and Tim Murtagh for taking wickets.
Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, and Azhar Ali will be the key batters for Pakistan. The in-form Imam ul Haq is expected to continue his form while A Ali has an average of 50+ in test matches.
In bowling, all the eyes will be upon Mohammad Amir.
Please note: The above-provided IRE vs PAK dream11 match prediction is based on our research and analysis. Management can take any decision at the last moment. We suggest you pick your playing 11 from the squad listed above.
In wicketkeeper, both will be a good choice. However, you should prefer Sarfraz Ahmed
In batsman, Babar Azam, Imam ul Haq, Azhar Ali, W Porterfield and Paul Stirling are a must have options.
In all-rounder, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Mcbirne, and F Ashraf will be a perfect choice.
In bowling, M Amir, Hasan Ali, Boyd Rankin, and Tim Murtagh will be a safe bet.
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