Like most teams active at this stage in Group A and B, Ireland, too, have had plenty of playing opportunities in the UAE ahead of the T20 World Cup.
In all, they’ve played six matches this month in the UAE, and were expected to win all or most of them, but their results have been mixed at best.
After being defeated by Scotland, they faced the UAE in a three-match series. They brushed aside their hosts in game 1 before suffering back-to-back upsets and losing the series.
A thrashing of Papua New Guinea and then an upset win over Bangladesh did erase the memories of the UAE series loss but also qualified for a mixed tune-up campaign.
Unlike Ireland, the Netherlands’ outings in the UAE lately were quite limited. A pair of matches is all they got to play before this game.
They were quite poor in the loss to Scotland in their first game, and only just managed to defeat Oman in the follow-up game.
The four-run win wouldn’t impress anyone as it came against a side less talented than them.