World T20 Day Six Preview: Can Oman shock Bangladesh?

The sixth day of the 2016 World T20 in India, featuring Ireland vs Netherlands which is followed by Bangladesh vs Oman.

World T20 Day Six Preview: Can Oman shock Bangladesh?
Bangladesh have looked especially strong of late Image: icc

Group A will begin their final round of matches today with Netherlands taking on Ireland in the first game of the day, starting at 9:30 am, which is closely followed by Oman's clash with Bangladesh starting at 2 pm.

Ireland - Netherlands (9:30 AM)

Both of these sides have so far endured a dismal tournament, the Netherlands may never have expected to make it past this stage they would have at least been expecting to put on a better show for their fans. Ireland however, will have expected to have made it past this stage and should have been preparing to face the major teams in the next round. But after a shock defeat to Oman and the rain ruined their already slim chances against Bangladesh it was clear they'd be on the first plane home.

The Netherlands are definitely out of the running, but they will be hoping they can, at least, lift themselves out of the last place in the table and win back some pride in their team. Holland though will know to do that they will need their more experienced players to set up and will be especially hoping to give their older players the send off they deserve. The highly capable Peter Borren has been a faithful servant for the Oranje, the all-rounder has been constantly reliable for his team and will be looking to end his career at world events on a high note.

Ireland are in the same boat as Netherlands. A dismal display has disappointed the home fans and with the team currently sitting in third and no chance of qualification this match has become a dead rubber. However, don't expect the Irish side to give up, although they can't qualify they could leapfrog Oman and finish in a far more respectable second place.

As with the Dutch, Ireland will be looking to give their oldest and most experienced players the kind of final performance their loyal service has deserved. Last Friday Kevin O'Brien became the first Irish player to play in 50 T20Is. The medium pacer has long been a key part of the Ireland machine, his mystery change ups have been a thorn in many a batsmen's side for years. Now, after 8 international tournaments, it's time for his Irish team-mates to repay some of his faith with their performance.

Bangladesh - Oman (2PM)

Bangladesh will feel they should win this match and secure their place in the Super 10 stages where all they star players will be making their entrance.However, Oman will be hoping to cause yet another upset here and steal a shock qualification into the next round.

Bangladesh should be confident. A win against Netherlands and they were cruising against Ireland until the rain came and ruined Tamim Iqbal's fun, so now Oman shouldn't pose a threat. Bangladesh will know that despite some shock results Oman are still the lowest ranked side in this competition and if they execute their skills well, they have the talent to down the plucky underdogs. 

Bangladesh will be looking not only to Tamim Iqbal for runs but also Soumya Sarkar. The batsman has been a key part of Bangladesh's lighting starts in previous matches but has never managed to convert his good start into a large score. The Tigers will be hoping that today is the day he manages to bat deep and bring up a score of substance.

This game is it for Oman. Throughout this tournament they have been the surprise package, beating Ireland and playing like a team with twice their experience and talent, but today they finally have the chance to show the world that this isn't a one off performance and that they are serious contenders for future competitions. 

This may be the first time that Oman has ever faced Bangladesh at any level, but they'll be hoping it won't be the last. If Oman secure the victory they are through and will be set to face the world's biggest stars, however, they will also have one eye over they shoulder as Ireland can still leapfrog them into second place if Oman loses and Ireland win.

Oman will need their players like Amir Ali to stand up and be counted. A marketing manager at a restaurant normally, the lower order batsman has been key to Oman. Especially his crucial innings to secure victory against Ireland. He will be hoping he can deliver today and make this a tournament to remember.