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T20 World Cup 2024: Canada v Ireland – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

Ireland know anything less than a win against Canada could be detrimental to their hopes of qualfying from a tough T20 World Cup group after a bruising eight-wicket loss to India in their tournament opener.

Despite being roilled for just 96 against the world’s top-ranked team, they still head into the New York clash against the Canadians as favourites.

Debutants Canada were themselves on the wrong end of a seven-wicket defeat to hosts United States but can take inspiration from their 10-wicket victory in their last T20 meeting against Friday’s opponents in 2019.

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Victory for Ireland could hinge on their experienced batters to recover from the pummelling handed to them by India, with Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling and Harry Tector expected to be tasked with getting their tournament on track.

That trio struggled to settle in temporamental settings at Long Island’s Nassau County International Cricket Stadium but will hope having an extra game experienced at the specially-built ground hands them an edge over Canada, who started in Texas.

Head coach Heinrich Malan admitted the conditions caught them off guard and said they would set about putting in a more convincing display on Friday.


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He said: “We tried to do as much homework as we could, even though we weren’t at the ground training or playing on the surface. We spoke to the groundsman, obviously, the scores were totally different in that warm-up game that was played on that surface.

“So, we weren’t necessarily expecting it to behave like it did, but again, we’ve got to be better with our execution of our skills and that’s obviously something we’ll reflect on.

“I guess when you look at T20 cricket, you want to see runs and boundaries, isn’t it? So, you can make your own conclusion whether it’s a 96 wicket.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got to try and do things well, whichever way you do them, whether it’s bat or ball first.

“We’ll obviously reassess the way we go about our business over the next 24 hours with a quick turnaround and look to be a little bit better on Friday.”

Expected line-ups

Canada: Shreyas Movva (wk), Aaron Johnson, Pragat Singh, Navneet Dhaliwal, Nicholas Kirton, Saad Bin Zafar (c), Dilpreet Singh, Dillon Heyliger, Jeremy Gordon, Nikhil Dutta, Kaleem Sana

Ireland: Paul Stirling (c), Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Benjamin White

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage of Friday’s encounter gets underway on Sky Sports Cricket from 3pm BST.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

Though Canada are dangerous, Ireland undoubtedly have the more experienced in their ranks and should have enough to set their campaign alight.

Ireland also have the edge in terms of experience at this ground too that should outweigh the fact that it may well suit Canada better than what they faced in Texas.

The Men in Green have been down this road before and should have enough to claim victory in Long Island.

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