World T20 Day Four Preview: Can Netherlands and Ireland Turn Their Form Around?

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

World T20 Day Four Preview: Can Netherlands and Ireland Turn Their Form Around?
Oman will be looking to secure unlikely qualification to the Super 10s. Photo: icc

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

Netherlands Vs Oman (9:30 AM)

Following their defeat to Bangladesh in the opening round of fixtures, Netherlands must secure victory against Oman just to stay in the competition. Oman, on the other hand, stunned Ireland to secure a victory and give themselves a foot in the door in the race to the Super 10 stage.

Whilst many people were writing the Dutch side off before the competition began, the negative atmosphere around the side grew to a much higher level following the first round defeat. However, as England have found out a number of times before, Netherlands always have a surprise quality to them. In order to beat Oman however, they will need their star players to stand up and be counted.

Expect the Oranje to throw the ball almost immediately to Paul van Meekeren. His World T20 impression may have gotten off to a disappointing start, dropping a catch against Bangladesh. Many forgot the drop almost immediately however as he removed Soumya Sarkar with his first delivery of the competition on his way to phenomenal figures of 2-17 from his four overs. Despite slow Indian pitches, van Meekeren will still always pose a threat to batsmen with his extra pace and bounce.

Oman will begin the match as slight favourites following the giant-killing victory over Ireland on Wednesday. Many people acknowledge that Oman is actually a team that should be on the Netherland's teams level.

Oman are still very much an unknown quantity to a large proportion of the cricketing world, with some of their players not even playing professional cricket full time. One of these players is Amir Ali, the lower order batsman smashed 32 off 17 balls to give his side the upper hand. A man who is normally the manager of an Indian restaurant will soon have the expectations of his country on his shoulder when his side faces Netherlands.

Ireland Vs Bangladesh (2 PM)

Ireland must take the points from their game against Bangladesh purely to avoid an embarrassingly early exit from the World T20. Bangladesh will be just as desperate for the win as they try and secure their qualification to the Super 10 stage.

These two sides were highlighted prior to the start of the World T20 as the two most likely teams to be competing for qualification. After such a disappointing start to the tournament, it will take a major turnaround from William Porterfield's men in order to secure victory against an in-form Bangladeshi side. Ireland does still have quality players, however, and it would be dangerous to write them off so early in the competition. 

Ireland will probably choose to make a change in their line-up and introduce George Dockrell into the competition. The left-arm spinner has been proven to be a tricky customer for teams to get away with his economy rate regularly low. Ireland have an issue with their extremely pace-heavy bowling attack and Dockrell could provide the answer for them.

Bangladesh did secure victory in their first game, but they were hardly convincing. Tamim Iqbal aside, their batting order looked vulnerable and their bowlers gave a weak Netherlands side far too many chances. It has only gotten worse however for Bangladesh since then with both Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny both having been reported to the ICC for suspect bowling actions.

Tamim Iqbal will once again be at the forefront of Bangladesh's fortunes for the competition. His magnificent 83* against Netherlands showed his true class. The fans will be hoping he carries over the T20 sense he showed in the Pakistan Super League, if he can then qualification for the Super 10s will be likely for Bangladesh.