In the penultimate game of Group C, Ireland and Indonesia will be up against each other to register their first victory in the U-19 T20 World Cup. Ireland is a full-member nation and has a proper underage system back home. They will be heading into this game as the favourites. Indonesia has shown promising signs and would be eyeing to topple them, as they did to Zimbabwe in the warm-up.
VENUE – Senwes Park, Potchefstroom | TIME – 10:00 local/13:30 IST
IRELAND - Ireland’s defeats against West Indies and New Zealand don’t define what they are capable of. It only shows their less experience and how little amount of exposure they have got so far against the more established teams. Their opener against West Indies is a prime example of it. In the chase of 126, they were in control by the end of 15 overs. However, they continued to fall apart in the death overs and fell short of the total by 7 runs.
Also, Ireland’s biggest problem in their bowling has been their lack of discipline in keeping their lines right. They have given away 35 extras of which 31 have been wide. It will be their last opportunity against Indonesia to iron out these flaws.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –
Siuin Woods - Captain Amy Hunter is out of U-19 World Cup with a fractured thumb. The wicket-keeper opening bat has now taken over the captaincy. And in her first assignment as a captain, New Zealand handed over a tough 9-wicket loss. But Siuin will be looking to step up both as a leader and a batter to ensure Ireland’s spot in the Super-Six.
Georgina Dempsey - After Amy Hunter’s departure, Georgina Dempsey is the only international left in this Irish U-19 team. She is a promising pacer who can bat and will be spearheading the pace attack. She was the lone wicket-taker against the Group topper New Zealand. She dismissed the in-form Anna Browning on 29 (14). Ireland will be needed early breakthroughs from her.
Aimee Maguire - Leinster has a history of producing very good cricketers and Aimee Maguire has been one of them. The all-rounder has emerged as a match-winner for them at the age-group cricket and has lived up to the reputation in this WC as well. From the warm-up against Rwanda, she returned with figures of 2/20 in her 4 overs, bagging the wickets of Gisele and Henriette Ishimwe. In the opening encounter vs West Indies, she gave Ireland the first breakthrough in Shunelle Sawh. She knows how to catch the big fish and if Ireland progress to the Super-Six which is very much likely to be, she will have an important role to play there.
INDONESIA - Indonesia so far have been defeated heavily by their opponents. But it's a great learning curve for a team who is representing their nation for the first time in a cricket world cup. This will be their last group game & they'd be eager to win this game in a bid to push their Super 6 chances.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR –
Ni Luh Ketut Dewi - The skipper played a pivotal part in their qualification when she led from the front with her all-round performances against P.N.G. The right-handed batter has a good technique to bat long and is also an excellent right-arm pacer who gets the ball to shape back in. She stitched a notable 2nd-wicket partnership of 29 against New Zealand with her contribution of 12 off 26. She also played a handy knock of 14 (21) vs the Windies.
Kadek Kurniartini - The RHB is another important batter in this line-up with the ability to hit the ball well through the off-side. She was another batter besides the skipper who made handy contributions against P.N.G in the qualifier. And she continued to be the spearheading batter for Indonesia in both their previous WC outings, scoring the highest knocks of 13 (18) and 15 (23).
Lie Qiao - The off-spinner may not have any wickets to her name in this world cup so far, but she was the most economical bowler against West Indies who put up a huge total of 176 on that day. She only gave 29 runs in her 4 overs. She could prove to be very effective if the pitch takes some turn and it would only be a matter of her getting her lines right.