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The 5th match of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers is going to witness the clash of two teams that have been not so popular in the cricketing world. Ireland will always be remembered for defeating England in the 2011 ICC World Cup which was held in India and for Papua, this is a great opportunity to make something substantial out of this great platform and to establish themselves as a cricketing nation like Afghanistan. Despite losing the opening match to the United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea has been put to trial by fire in this game against Irish. The game is to be played on March 06, 2018 on Tuesday from 12:00 PM.
Ireland won their first game against the Netherlands by 93 runs under D/L method whereas New Papua Guinea lost the United Arab Emirates by 56 runs under D/L method.
Papua New Guinea is expected to make a few changes on the team given their loss against the United Arab Emirates.
Ireland did put up a great show in their first game against Netherlands but weather took away their glory and gave them a victory under D/L method. In this game they would like to win the game clinically. There are not many changes expected from Irish as they would continue with the same playing Xi unless something else happens.
Lega Siaka, Sese bau, Alei Nao, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua, Jason Kila, Vani Morea, Assad Vala (C), Jack Vare (WK), Mahuru Dai, Charles Amini, Kiplin Doriga, John Reva, Tony Ura, Damien Ravu
Ed Joyce, William Porterfield ©, Boyd Rankin, Kevin O Brien, Niall O Brien (WK), Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Tim Murtagh, Andrew Balbirne, Barry McCarthy.
Norman Vanua, the skipper, of Papua New Guinea is the player to watch out for in this game.
Ed Joyce, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling are the batting firepower, for the Irish. Tum Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Kevin O Brien and Barry McCarthy are expected to shoot fire from the bowling department.
Avg 1st inn score: 229
Avg 2nd inn score: 194
Highest Total: 350/6 (50 Ov) by Aus vs ZIM
Lowest Total: 35/10 (18 Ov) by ZIM vs SL
Highest Chased: 328/3 (46.4 Ov) by RSA vs Aus
Lowest Defended: 129/10 (32.4 Ov) by ZIM vs Afg
In the next ICC World Cup Qualifiers Ireland is taking on Papua New Guinea, who has been off to a terrible start thanks to their luck. For the latter, these matches are of utmost importance because whether the world would recognize them or not as a cricketing nation but they would clearly want to leave their mark in this game.
Our bet is on Ireland for this game as they have been the better team if we talk about this fixture. Ireland is expected to make an appearance in the ICC World Cup 2019 and once again would do show some firework for the audiences.
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