PAK vs IRE Match Preview- ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Match 36

Published - 15 Jun 2024, 12:05 PM | Updated - 15 Jun 2024, 12:52 PM

Pakistan vs Ireland
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Pakistan takes on Ireland in match 36 of the T20 World Cup 2024 on Sunday, June 16. The two teams are eliminated from the tournament after Ireland's match against the USA was abandoned on Friday.

PAK vs IRE Date and Venue

The PAK vs IRE match will be played on June 16, at Lauderhill, Florida from 8 pm IST which is 10.30 am local time. This is the last of the four games played at this venue. Rain has been a constant threat in all those games.

PAK vs IRE Match Preview- ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Match 36

Pakistan

Pakistan lost two matches against the USA and India. Those two losses have pegged back their NRR in this World Cup. The big-match players have not stood up, especially their captain Babar Azam. He has been a victim of not scoring important runs for his side.

Former captains have also criticized the team for their loss to the USA in particular. There is a rain forecast in the match against Ireland and if the match is abandoned USA will qualify for the playoffs.

Pakistan Squad

Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan

Ireland

Ireland has lost their games against India, the USA, and even Canada. However, they can make a comeback by beating Pakistan and getting some points after being already eliminated from the tournament.. Ireland has been Pakistan's boogey team in ICC events and they are perfectly capable of beating Pakistan in the match. They recently beat them in a T20I series.

Ireland Squad

Paul Stirling (c), Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young

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PAK vs IRE Key Battles

Babar Azam vs Josh Little

Little the left-arm pacer will be eyeing Babar Azam's wicket. He has been in very poor form in this series averaging just 30 and striking at 104. The left-arm pacer will look to edge him off to slips as he has been dismissed in the same manner twice in this series.

Mohammad Rizwan vs Mark Adair

Both of these players are senior players for their respective teams. Rizwean has been the in-form batter of the Pakistan team. The Ireland bowlers unanimously will be eyeing his wicket early on.

Paul Stirling ve Mohammad Amir

Amir will be up against Paul Stirling, Ireland's most experienced batter. He is also amongst the top scorers in T20I cricket but has failed to get going in this tournament so far.

PAK vs IRE Key Players 

For Pakistan, Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam are the key batters. Amir, Shaheen, and Haris Rauf are the key bowlers.

For Ireland, Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie have been the key batters. With the ball, Mark Adair and Josh Little will be key.

PAK vs IRE Weather and Pitch Report

The weather forecast for this match does not look good. This is the final match in Florida. The match between the USA ended in a washout. The first two games ended in a washout. There is a fair chance of rain and thunderstorms and the match might even be a rained-out contest.

Talking about the pitch, 160 is the average first-inning score at this venue. Teams have found it difficult to chase 160 in this World Cup as the pitches have aided the bowlers more than their batters.

Conclusion

This is a must-win match for Pakistan if they are willing to make it to the Super 8s. In case the match is abandoned then the USA will make it to the Super 8s along with India.

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