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'There’s pressure on them but there’s greater pressure on Lanka' - Farokh Engineer previews Sri Lanka vs Ireland Super 12 clash

Ireland defeated Scotland and the West Indies to qualify for the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup.

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After a disappointing defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in their first match of the tournament, the Ireland team made an emphatic return as they defeated Scotland and two-time champions West Indies to qualify for the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup. They have played some exceptional cricket so far and the batters stepped up in crunch situations to help the team finish runners-up in which was known to be the group of death.

Farokh Engineer, the former India international was elated to see Ireland play an attractive brand of cricket in the First Round of the competition. Against West Indies in their previous match, the openers Paul Stirling and captain Andrew Balbirnie gave Ireland a great start which eventually helped the side register a massive nine-wicket victory but against the Asian champions in their first match of the Super 12, things are not going to be easy. Yet, the former India keeper is hopeful for another quality performance from Ireland against Sri Lanka.

“They have got the batters. They have got two very, very strikers as opening batters. People like Curtis Campher, who’s an allrounder - Didn’t he take four wickets in four balls? Yeah, he’s the same guy. It’s a rare phenomenon. Ireland will hopefully get a good start (against Sri Lanka),” said Farokh Engineer on 'BatBricks7 presents Run Ki Runneeti show on CricTracker'.

Ireland have got their bases covered in the T20 World Cup: Farokh Engineer

The 84-year-old Farokh Engineer believes that the Irish team is good enough to dismantle Sri Lanka in their first match at the Super 12. He also appreciated the Andrew Balbirnie-led side for covering all their bases ahead of the Super 12 of the T20 World Cup.

“They have the confidence, they have the ability, they have the tools for it. They have the batters, they have the bowlers, they have the fighting spirit and they have the whole country behind them. So, there’s pressure on them also but there’s far greater pressure on Sri Lanka,” said Engineer in the same show.

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