Round Nine Matches: ICC World T20 Qualifiers 2019 Preview and Betting Tips

Ed Hawkins

Friday, October 25, 2019 11:56 AM UTC

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 11:56 AM UTC

What are the hot tips and best bets as the tournament qualification race heats up in the UAE?

<div><h2>Round Nine matches</h2><p><strong>Sunday 26 October 2019</strong></p><p>The ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers continue to provide eye-popping entertainment and eyebrow-raising results. It is bonkers stuff so far with upsets galore.</p><p>Canada, who sprung a surprise on Ireland in terms of betting odds, suffered their own upset on Thursday when they were downed by Hong Kong, who had been struggling. That result suggests Canada have now been overrated in the wake of the Irish success. Ireland themselves are back on track for qualification after duffing up the Jersey boys.</p><p>Papua New Guinea are leaders of Group A after notching another cosy victory against Singapore. Alongside Group B leaders Oman, PNG are the most reliable in the tournament. That’s a sentence few would have reckoned would have been written.</p><p>Sunday’s matches see Ireland take on Nigeria at the Sheikh Zayed International Stadium in Abu Dhabi in a contest which should ensure the former pile pressure back on to Canada. Nigeria are yet to win a game and they are unlikely to provide much resistance. It’s a competition too far.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>The best wager is to keep faith with Paul Stirling for top Ireland bat. He has a sound record and the chance to tuck in against a weak Nigeria attack, with the powerplay at his disposal and maximum overs going begging, anything around 3.2 is a bet. Check <a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds">Bet365</a>, Betfair and<a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"> William Hill</a> prices.</p><p>At the International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, the Netherlands meet Bermuda. Although the context of the competition is one of shock, this is surely another mismatch. Bermuda are like Nigeria and are winless.</p><p>Max O’Dowd, the Dutch opener, is another top-bat possibility for the same reasons as the Stirling wager. O’Dowd is the Netherlands’ top runscorer in the event with 122 runs at an average of 30. Although a strike rate of 100 is slow, it would appear he has little to beat. He has twice as many runs as his team-mates and Ben Cooper, who is considered their best player, has had a poor time of it.</p><p>Cooper has only 48 runs from four. He should bat at No 3 here. That poor sequence of scores and the chance for the openers to get stuck into another weak attack suggests the value is not there.</p></div>
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