Andy Balbirnie: The captain admitted conditions were challenging for Ireland when it dropped to 101.
But if they do, their thugs will have to quickly adapt to the slow pace they faced. to Sri Lanka.
On Wednesday, Ireland was visibly concerned about Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara, who frequently reached speeds of more than 145 km / h.
Those two players were particularly tough to beat on the courts of the United Arab Emirates, which initially don’t have much bounce and seem to keep sliding when the ball gets a bit of afternoon spray, Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie said.
Ireland lost three wickets and scored just 38 runs over Chameera and Kumaras combined seven overs.
“We don’t get wickets like this and we don’t get pace like that too often like that at home,” Balbirnie said. “But the more we go up the levels – and if we go well on Friday, looking ahead to next week – it’s only going to get quicker. They were quite skiddy, the bowlers. They bowled good short balls. But that’s what you expect at the international level and you’ve got to find ways to cope.”
If Ireland wins against Namibia on Friday, they will likely play in Group 2, where their thugs are exposed to attacks from India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Afghanistan.
“Look, we’re perfectly capable of playing that kind of bowling. I’m not saying we’re not,” Balbirnie said.
“We played some of the quickest bowlers in the summer back home – against South Africa – and we did pretty well. It’s slightly different out here. It’s skiddier than what we’re used to. Particularly under lights, it skids on.
“But I love that challenge, and a lot of our batters do, to get out there and have the ball zinging past your head – that’s the battle we want to be in. We’re not going to be able to change that over the course of the week if we do qualify. But we’ve just got to back our skills and take it head-on and not back away from it. That’s a mental thing, rather than a technical thing. But we don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. We’ve got a big game on Friday.”
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